What's distinctive about Sanders is not (or not simply) that he's an ideological purist who refuses to think pragmatically but that he just doesn't know or care very much about the details of how the world works, how to affect concrete change, and what the possible unintended consequences of major changes is likely to be. He'd rather rally the troops and give a rousing speech.
--Damon Linker in the Week, here: http://theweek.com/articles/617065/
I share this quote because I disagree. I think that Bernie sees the writing on the wall, that this crash will either happen sooner and in an intentional way, or later in an even more devastating way. Take apart the banks, or watch them take us apart. Re-establish human decency or take care of just yourself. This crossroads leads one way, the other way is inconceivable. You just can't change directions when there is so much momentum. Not without a crash. Bernie knows that many people will die in the process, that poor people will loose the game, and that over generations rich people will be able to relocate to wherever they need to go to survive and propagate. Idiocracy will come to pass if tRump is any indication of wealthy breeding.
I thought since the beginning that this polarity between tRump and Bernie is representative of the deepest cultural fissure in this nation. It has been fascinating to watch it play out.
To assert that Bernie doesn't know how the world works is a pretty low blow. He knows. His heart broke a long time ago. Now he's trying to do something to change it. I appreciate his efforts and I wish that he'd team up with my old buddy Ron Paul (he's not too old) and connect the political circle. If anybody knows what's going on, it's these old dudes.
There is a great deal of difference
between loss, change, and transformation.
A loss is a step backward;
a change is an opportunity;
transformation is a step forward.
The common denominator in these three realities
is the fact that one must
give up something.
It is possible for both loss and change to lead to transformation,
but it is not possible for transformation to occur unless
something is lost and something is changed.
---the Devil's Neuroscientist (alter ego of Sam Schwartzkopf)
in a 12/10/14 blogpost entitled: Why all research findings are false