A guide to political revolution using Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign as a springboardThe political ambitions of the movement behind Bernie Sanders have never been limited to winning the White House. Since Bernie first entered the presidential primaries in 2016, his supporters have worked to organize a revolution intended to encourage the active participation of millions of ordinary people in political life. That revolution is already underway, as evidenced by the massive growth of the Democratic Socialists of America, the teachers Bernie motivated to lead strikes across red and blue states, and the rising new generation of radicals in Congress— led by AOC and Ilhan Omar—inspired by his example.In Bigger than Bernie, activist writers Meagan Day and Micah Uetricht give us an intimate map of this emerging move- ment to remake American politics top to bottom, profiling the grassroots organizers who are building something bigger, and more ambitious, than the career of any one candidate. As participants themselves, Day and Uetricht provide a serious analy- sis of the prospects for long-term change, offering a strategy for making “political revolution” more than just a campaign slogan. They provide a road map for how to entrench democratic socialism in the halls of power and in our own lives.Bigger than Bernie offers unmatched insights into the people behind the most unique campaign in modern American history and a clear-eyed sense of how the movement can sustain itself for the long haul.
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Bigger Than Bernie Review
- January 1, 1970Allisonwow! this book really grew on me. learned a lot about:- DSA- why it's so hard to change US two-party system - social democracies vs. democratic socialism- a brief history of unions + the US labor movement - green new deal!- case studies of progressive campaigns- strategies for socialism in the context of the Democratic Partyinspired me to learn even more (esp. about GND) and join DSA!!!more
- January 1, 1970Jon HoffmanI think this book came at the right time for me, as it got here about a week after Bernie suspended his campaign and I started to wonder about the viability of democratic socialism in our current age/electorate. Add in some pandemic for additional discouragement. The book does a good job answering what the path forward looks like (spoiler: long and hard and possible never ending).more
- January 1, 1970Mike C.A good read that lays out the importance of taking a class-struggle approach to political action.
- January 1, 1970Colin CoxSocialism, specifically Democratic Socialism, is in vogue, or so argues Meagan Day and Micah Uetricht in Bigger Than Bernie: How We Go from the Sanders Campaign to Democratic Socialism. While Bigger Than Bernie treads old, well-established ground, there is something to be said about Day and Uetricht's efforts to repackage those established ideas. Day and Uetricht are committed to the potential of electoral politics, but they warn against the seductiveness of not only capital but the Democratic Socialism, specifically Democratic Socialism, is in vogue, or so argues Meagan Day and Micah Uetricht in Bigger Than Bernie: How We Go from the Sanders Campaign to Democratic Socialism. While Bigger Than Bernie treads old, well-established ground, there is something to be said about Day and Uetricht's efforts to repackage those established ideas. Day and Uetricht are committed to the potential of electoral politics, but they warn against the seductiveness of not only capital but the Democratic party. Day and Uetricht might argue this is two ways of saying the same thing, but the authors seem to think far too many readers might miss the subtleties of this distinction. As they see it, too many on the Left understand the Democratic Party as a genuine left alternative to the Republican Party. However, these sorts of moments reveal the conceptual limitations of Bigger Than Bernie. This is not a book for seasoned leftists; Bigger Than Bernie is a book for those flirting with Socialism. Bigger Than Bernie clearly wants to seize the moment. It wants to galvanize readers to form a legitimate, sustainable leftist alternative. As Day and Uetricht see it: "One distinct feature of our political system that makes things a lot harder for socialists is our lack of a genuine, mass left-wing party of any kind. Instead of a workers’ or socialist party, we’re stuck with the Democrats." For these reasons, Bigger Than Bernie is perfect for readers unfamiliar with leftist political expressions beyond the narrow confines of the Democratic Party, but for those readers familiar with a word like "socialism," go ahead and skip Bigger Than Bernie.more
- January 1, 1970JohnAn excellent book! As somebody who follows socialist progress and politics so closely that it's probably caused lasting psychological damage, a lot of the first half detailing the recent progress is stuff I already knew, but the broader philosophical and direct action stuff in the 2nd half was excellent. I highly recommend this.more
- January 1, 1970Doug JohnsonAbsolutely essential reading for anyone who feels gut-punched after Bernie Sanders' two runs for president. This is a roadmap of what we do next.
- January 1, 1970MarkGreat for those wanting an introduction of what must happen next.
- January 1, 1970Francisco Montesvery bien
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