Bernie Sanders Releases The "Teen Guide To Political Revolution"

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is releasing a book for teens interested in progressive politics, called "Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution."

The book, designed as a how-to guide for students eager to begin work as political activists, is out on August 29th... ironically, just in time for Labor Day.

In a forward to the book, The Hill reports that Sanders notes that he overwhelmingly won younger voters among all demographics during his 2016 bid for president, and praises the current generation of young Americans as the most tolerant and intelligent in history.

"The current generation of young people is the smartest, most idealistic, and least prejudiced generation in the modern history of the United States," Sanders writes.

 

"This is a generation that is prepared to think big and move this country in a very different direction than we have been traveling for years."

Which makes sense since we showed previously that young Americans love socialism (just don't ask them what it is)... Wanting to see what millennials in D.C. thought of socialism, Campus Reform headed to Washington, D.C. to ask students two simple questions: “Do you like socialism?” and “What is socialism?”

It quickly became clear that while most of the people we spoke with held an idyllic view of socialism, most had little idea of what it actually is.

 

 

One student said of socialism, “I think people throw that word around to try and scare you, but if helping people is socialism, than I’m for it.”

 

When asked how she would define socialism, her answer was simple: “I mean honestly I’m not not exactly sure.”

 

“I guess just, you know, getting rid of that wealth gap in the United States?” ventured another.

 

One student supported it passionately, saying “It’s more of an open form of government and it feels a lot more accessible to a lot more people,” but when asked to explain what socialism actually entails, could only repeat now-common refrain: “To be quite honest I don’t know.”

It seems given this level of ignorance that Bernie's book is long overdue. Besides we already have "Communism for Kids"

MIT Press is publishing “Communism for Kids,” a book aimed at brainwashing three to seven-year-olds, on those “lovable little revolutionaries.”

 

 

A description on Amazon cheered,Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism. How could their dreams come true? This little book proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ideals and free from authoritarianism.”

Sanders also told Teen Vogue that the book will explain to a younger audience how to get involved with America's democratic system.

"Young people are the future of our country," Sanders told Teen Vogue.

 

"As citizens of the United States, they have a responsibility to participate in our democracy and to help create a government which works for all, rather than just the few. This book will expose them to an unusual political campaign, the excitement of politics and what being a progressive is all about."

According to Teen Vogue, the book also includes dozens of infographics about issues like income equality and money in politics that Sanders made famous during his 2016 presidential bid.

So in the interests of 'education', we offer the following explanation of "The Economics Of Bernie"...

A number of people have pointed out that the Sanders “program” is not socialism per se, but rather is something based upon socializing the results of private enterprise, or what one might call secondary socialism. The Bernie Sanders regime would take control of some of the produce of private enterprise, as opposed to taking outright control of factors of production, which would remain in private hands. If this reminds one of the fascism of the 1930s, that is because Sanders is promoting a version of the governing models of Germany under Adolph Hitler and Italy under Benito Mussolini.

Of the two, Sanders certainly is closer to Mussolini. Like Sanders, Mussolini called himself a socialist and was a leader in the Italian Socialist Party. Like Sanders, Mussolini decried “profiteers” and the wealthy, and spoke out against political corruption. Like Sanders, Mussolini spoke of a larger “national purpose” and sought to harness nationalism as a political force. Like Sanders, Mussolini sought to impose more and more controls on Italian businesses in order to direct production in a way to satisfy political purposes. Like Sanders, Mussolini built political power by appealing to Italian voters by saying that other Italians were well-off because they had gained their wealth on the backs of the poor.

Having similar economic proposals to Hitler and Mussolini does not make Sanders either of those two men and it is important to emphasize that while Sanders regularly employs the powerful political tool of appealing to voter resentment of others, he is not advocating the kind of genocide that ultimately helped to characterize the fascism of Central Europe in the 1930s and 40s. Bernie Sanders is an economic nationalist, and economic nationalism was at the heart of European fascism, but we do not want to make unwarranted accusations against Sanders, either.

At the same time, I do not want to let Sanders off the hook. He promotes economic nationalism and has built his campaign upon resentment, the kind of which Henry Hazlitt wrote in 1966 in his famous, “Marxism in One Minute.” Hazlitt wrote:

The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others. (Emphasis mine)

As one moves through the website for the Sanders campaign, there is plenty of resentment for others. First, there is the ubiquitous “One-Percent” that is the main focus of the typical Sanders stump speech:

This campaign is sending a message to the billionaire class: “you can’t have it all.” You can’t get huge tax breaks while children in this country go hungry. You can’t continue sending our jobs to China while millions are looking for work. You can’t hide your profits in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens, while there are massive unmet needs on every corner of this nation. Your greed has got to end. You cannot take advantage of all the benefits of America, if you refuse to accept your responsibilities as Americans.

While I would agree wholeheartedly that the US economy is in serious trouble, it is not because of the “greed” of billionaires. It is because the US government, through the Federal Reserve System, has created what David Stockman has called the “casino economy” that has substituted trading of sovereign debt and monetary manipulation for a real economy with interest rates that reflect actual economic fundamentals. Like the Bush and Clinton administrations before it, the Obama administration has promoted political entrepreneurship and demonized market entrepreneurship.

Sanders’s List of Recycled Twentieth-Century “Solutions”

Americans are not jobless because some people are not paying “their fair share” of taxes; they are jobless because the US government insists on directing resources from higher-valued uses to lower-valued uses, as determined by consumer choice. They are jobless because Washington insists on remaking the economy in its own image, and there is nothing in the entire Sanders campaign that would change any of the things that vex the US economy the most.

So, what does Sanders propose to “revitalize” the US economy? Here are some things listed on his website:

  • Raise taxes on US corporations (ironically, corporate tax rates in the Nordic countries are substantially lower than current corporate taxes in the USA, something that has escaped Sanders’s notice);
  • Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour;
  • Expand the reach of labor unions and vastly expand their membership;
  • Make it illegal for US corporations to manufacture goods abroad, and then sell those goods in the USA;
  • Impose new taxes on financial transactions;
  • Spend at least a trillion dollars on building and repairing roads, bridges, and utilities;
  • Create a “youth jobs program” in which unemployed young people are given government-sponsored jobs (Sanders sees no connection between high minimum wages and youth unemployment);
  • Enact “equity pay” that will “guarantee” that women are paid the same as men for comparable work;
  • Break up banks and financial institutions;
  • Enact a Canada-style single-payer healthcare system;
  • Provide free tuition for all public colleges and universities;
  • Expand Social Security benefits;
  • Require businesses to provide 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, at least 10 days of paid vacation a year, and seven days per year of paid guaranteed sick leave.

Notice that there is nothing in the Sanders platform that calls for “nationalization” of the means of production, nor does he propose to do away with the price system. In other words, Sanders’s vision of socialism is not what Mao or Trotsky or Lenin proposed, yet there is not one thing in the entire platform that would reverse the dangerous economic trends of the past decade.

Instead, Sanders proposes to direct huge amounts of resources in the direction of constructing something akin to a European welfare state. To put it another way, Sanders wishes to “turn back the clock” to create or promote social and economic structures that already have been undermined by the modern “sharing” economy.

If one reads Sanders’s platform from another perspective, it would be the New Deal. Indeed, there is nothing Sanders has written or said from the stump that would not be reminiscent of a New Deal rally (with the possible exception in appealing to black Americans, which was not part of the Democratic Party agenda in the 1930s, as well as Sanders’s appeal to furthering the Sexual Revolution). Bernie Sanders pushes an economic agenda that is frozen in time.

The problem, economically speaking, is that Bernie Sanders proposes nothing that actually would enable entrepreneurs to help bring about a true economic recovery. In Sanders’s world, entrepreneurs are parasites and employers are oppressors who seek to harm their employees, and wealth is defined by how much governments have in their treasuries.

If I could put the economics of Bernie Sanders into a nutshell, it would be this: Burden private enterprise with one directive after another, and then demonize it when it ultimately falls down under the awful weight of taxes, higher costs, and mandates. While many people believe that instituting the Sanders economic agenda would help turn the USA into another Sweden or Denmark, the more likely outcome would be turning this country into another Venezuela.

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Looney's picture

 

All Bernie’s followers should be sent to Venezuela for a few months. Let’em enjoy their “dream”.

Looney

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Came after my dollars and no one stopped them, then my bitcoin and still no one stopped them. Then they came after my silver....and I shot the bastards coming up the drive!

Manthong's picture

Better yet, let’s get the pre-teens.. and the K6-10’s and the nursery school yutes… and their idiot parents who obviously know so much about the political system riled up.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Without a complete upheaval of the top of the pyramid (13/300) everything else remains theatrics for their amusement. The trillionaires don't give a fuck what economic or political system exists for the masses. They always get ROI.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Bernie Sanders Releases The "Teen Guide To Political Revolution"

My response: Just another example of someone CORRUPTING the YOUTH with a DOCTRINE of DEMONS. Bernie Sanders' ideas and philosophies are a CLEAR and PRESENT DANGER to the REPUBLIC.

This information looks like encouragement of sedition to me.

Definition of sedition

Incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Unfortunately their are no "lawful authorities"; only different factions of corrupt assholes and blind, ignorant sheep. And of course the 13/300 looking down upon it all.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

"Teen Guide To Political Revolution"

Allow me to summarize:

Follow the Jude until your death.

Follow the Jude until your death.

Oh yeah... and:

Follow the Jude until your death.

eforce's picture

Democracy is socialism, until that is recognized by those of a libertarian mindset, you will never escape socialism.

Restore monarchy, private ownership of government.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Or the left wing of the Talmud party is making noise so we don't see we are ruled now by the right wing of the Talmud party.Rinse and repeat with changing sides.

CheapBastard's picture

Lets begin Bernie's "revolution" and squeezing the rich by cutting Bernie's salary by 50% as well as all the other Fat Cows in Congress.

EuroZone's picture

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Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Here comes Bernie Sanders again, leading the one flank of the (((pincer movement)))...

Maybe Icahn or Mnuchin can chime in how 'greed is good', to shore up the other flank.    Our society, our intellectual discourse, completely LACKS NUANCE.  It is ridiculous the extent to which we are boxed into corners and fenced in by 'talking points'.

Debt slavery is the modern slavery.  That doesn't mean we have to escape from those chains just to jump straight into another set.   Socialism is just a re-branding of Communism.

brain_glitch's picture

" Our society, our intellectual discourse, completely LACKS NUANCE.  It is ridiculous the extent to which we are boxed into corners and fenced in by 'talking points' "

+ 1  

Creative_Destruct's picture

The idealism of the young always draws them toward noble SOUNDING ideas. It is only as we gain experience that we realize the practical implementation of these idealist ideologies results, in the longer run, in the polar opposite of their ideal intentions. I say this as a former 60's idealist, having been disillusioned long ago.

Socialism, and communism, in practice, result in EQUAL LOWER standards of living for the masses, AND in kingly standards for the elite. The typical unintended consequence: the masses are cowed and mollified by the propaganda and truth of  equality among them, while the elites control and bask in almost unlimited resources. Castro lived like a king. The top 0.1% (forget the 1%) Control the VAST majority of the wealth in these systems and income distribution is EXTREME in inequality between the elite and the EQUAL masses. Just ask Kim Jong Un and the N Korean Elite. Just look at Maduro and the protected elite in Venezuela, sheltered from the disastrous consequences that the masses are suffereing from their socialist policies, while they, like all socialists, refuse to accept responsibility for the consequences of thier own policies.

What the hell do the elite in these sytems care? They have no skin in the game and are sheltered.

 

Nexus789's picture

Perverse one eyed view of the world. The role of elites and wealth concentration can equally be observed in western countries. People are being economically denfranchised. 

Ckierst1's picture

By socialism, in all its heads, kinda like toxic varieties of mushrooms.

Creative_Destruct's picture

NOT saying there's NOT poor wealth distribution in "Capitalist" economies (actually, we DON'T have a capitalist economy ; we have "Socailism for the RICH" in a mixed distorted economy; elites have captured the system). Putting words in my mouth. ONLY saying the wealth distribution in other systems is actually WORSE, only the elites leaders have it, the masses have it "equally" but far LESS on average than in capitalist economies.

And the wealth distribution is RIGGED by the same culprits in ALL systems: the elitest wealthy. 

YES people ARE being economically disenfranchaised. AGREEE!!! But the "SOCIALIST CURE" is worse than the disease.

Better to get the elite banskters and the CBs out of the way, which rigg it for the wealthy elites, as a better solution.

AND I have two eyes and a LOOONG broad perspective on this issue. :-)

moneybots's picture

"Perverse one eyed view of the world. The role of elites and wealth concentration can equally be observed in western countries."

 

In other words, socialism doesn't really spread the wealth, as the socialists proclaim. A long time ago i read that pre capita, Castro was richer in relation to the average Cuban, than Bill Gates was to the average American.

techpriest's picture

I know a lot of people from China, and a few from the elite echelons of the Party. What it comes down to is, "socialism" was never about equality. It was always about promising a perfect world while creating a justification to plunder the public wealth.

People with wealth, and by wealth I mean a million or a few million (fully funded retirement fund, to had some decent but not mind-blowing success in life), are a type of competition for the bigger elites. If 10,000 people who have a fully funded retirement fund say "fuck it, I'm old and I want to make something happen," and they each cut a check for $100k to the same cause, then they would collectively put a billion dollars together - as much as any billionaire would be willing to throw at something. My wife is on a scholarship fund and I am on the board of an apologetics ministry - a great deal of action happens with people donating in the $1k-$10k range.

With socialism, however, the goal is not only to rob this level of people. It's also to give kids a toxic mindset that they should be ashamed to have more than, say, 25% over the national average. But by having that mindset, they will never build the needed wealth to be able to drop a $1k or $10k check to seriously oppose the elite. Or for that matter, build enough wealth to individually go toe-to-toe with other elites.

veritas semper vinces's picture

It's funny you do not see you just described Jewmerica.

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

My leftist sister is too busy to get her daughers to school. My conservative brother takes them and has discussions in the car. My sister doesn't like it, but then, free ride....

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

News flash, Bernie: blacks don't like you, beaners think you're from another planet, and all the cool white kids are going 14/88. Your audience is now composed of retarded cat ladies, degenerate drug users, aging jews, and hippies who still think its 1967. Even the fags don't take you seriously. Just take the gas pipe now and save yourself the trouble.

Jack McGriff's picture

Bernie is retarded.  He never gets around to actually defining values of either himself, his non-party, or even his arch nemises, The Donald.  So what are his values?  It's moral relativism, relative to himself and his dirty filthy Talmudic Jew tribe.

Manthong's picture

 

The good news is that the old f*ckr will be dead long before he can do anything moar to F the system up.

CheapBastard's picture

Moochelle calls people like Bernie, "angry white men."

Bernie is struggling to stay relevant to the DNC despite being white and despite being royally scrwed by them.

The DNC and AA have noting to do with "equality." They're all about entitlements and free shit and constant whining claiming the mythical victimhood.

Sensei CP3's picture

The sad news is there will be new fuckers taking his place.  The key is really to educator the younger generation not to turn out to become these douche bag leftists, as well as deconstructing the libtards media.
The old timers who went throught times like the chinese cultural revolution would tell you how fuck up it was.  And now Venezuela is a new example.  

techpriest's picture

If Bernie actually defined his values, he would have something for people to think about and question. This is why every politician who actually articulates a plan is buried - there is always something in a plan that could be better, which in turn breeds fear, uncertainty, and doubt among voters.

Manthong's picture

I thought he was a democrat....

Scanderbeg's picture

Top down Socialism in the US would mean Anarchy and Civil War.

Hell, we're already on the way to complete chaos when the dollar isn't the reserve currency. Prices would explode overnight and literally everything is imported in the big cities.

Anybody comparing small, rich, homogenous Social Democratic countries in Europe to a nation like the US is full of shit. The US is a massive multi ethnic empire with sharp social divisions and stark economic/cultural differences by region.

Besides, federalism already provides a vehicle by which the Pinko States can basically do what they want. 

But ruining NY and CA isn't good enough for them so they insist on shitting on everyone else when they inevitably run out of money.

dark fiber's picture

Just reopen HUAC but this time give it some real teeth.  Like internment to labor camps.  Enough is enough withe the Marxist scum already.

veritas semper vinces's picture

No need ,Looney! ALL and I mean all Bolsheviks are here(and they are the spawn of the original Bolsheviks) and they occupy  all the positions of power in Jewmerica.

Haven't you noticed this? you probably do not know who the Bolsheviks are.

 

Winston Wiseman's picture

Rather, send him to a "gulag" work camp in China and ask him in a few years time what he thinks of communism then.

waspwench's picture

Bernie.  

The guy who let Hillary rig the California Primary so that he lost and who then agreed to support her.   A man of principle.

Remember?

any_mouse's picture

Hey Bernie. How's that beach house?

silverer's picture

Hey Bernie, hows that banking investigation going?

wwxx's picture

Hell ya, Bernie is just another career politician.  Bernie is the definition of creeper.

 

wwxx

junction's picture

What next, "How To Win Elections" by Hillary?

MozartIII's picture

Should be titled: How to turn the US in to Venezuela!

waspwench's picture

How many times  does the human race have to try socialism/communism before it realizes that it doesn't work.

We've been there, done that.   IT DOES NOT WORK.   Groan.....

And we all remember what idiots we were when we were in our teens and early twenties so, yes, of course, it makes perfect sense to try to increase the influence of that age group.  

Actually, it would make a whole lot more sense to raise the voting age to 30, but that would have a bad impact on the dems/liberals/progressives/assorted idiots.    Groan.....

adanata's picture

 

How many times does collectivism have to fail....? I guess it adds up to every time there's a new generation of numbskulls spewing forth from the state's "public school" indoctrination centers. These kids know nothing but propaganda; they think in bumper stickers; they are intellectual and emotional basket cases searching for safe spaces and "free" stuff. I once read something horrifying but perhaps prophetic saying, "...we will tear out their hearts, we will force them to kill their own children..."  

Bay of Pigs's picture

"The current generation of young people is the smartest, most idealistic, and least prejudiced generation in the modern history of the United States," Sanders writes.

"This is a generation that is prepared to think big and move this country in a very different direction than we have been traveling for years."

Sad, disgusting and pathetic. Not accurate at all either.

The Wizard's picture

What else would one expect from Bernie who supported Hitlary, who undermined him as a candidate in the election? This is proof of what the educational system is producing.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ0-cDKMS5M  Milton Friedman on Socialism
the artist's picture

We should just redefine Capitalism as "Social Spending"- you get together and throw big parties that cost money and people buy tickets to pay for what they get. If you dont want to go, you dont buy a ticket and stay home. 

What college kid would be against that? They all understand on a basic level that the DJ gotta get paid!

HisNameIsRP's picture

They are coming for your shit

iamerican4's picture

The Vatican used their banker Rothschild's cousin to invent atheist Marxism/Socialism in order to destroy Russia and America using their Khazar henchmen whose ancestors they used on Golgotha and to crucify "ten of thousands" of other Christs to build their Empire through mass terror.

Bernie is Sayanim and no American, having copped a CO to dodge Vietnam and doing nothing since to bring to justice the known satanic Fifth Column ruling false-elite Beast faction proven to have killed JFK and MLK to send us there, and which, among many other abominations committed 9/11.

BritBob's picture

Bernie's British left-wing chum in the UK - Corbyn is yet to condemn Nicolas Maduro and what is happening in Venezuela.  Corbyn, like Maduro is a supporter of Argentina's Falklands claim. Why?

 Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina (1 page):

https://www.academia.edu/31111843/Falklands_Never_Belonged_to_Argentina

 

Still, why let the truth get in the way of a left-wing cause.

Honest Sam's picture

That book has already been written and Goros has just bought publication rights for it, and is giving it away free to every one in the world who, if they thought about it for one second, would realize that Soros is the poster uber rich guy they so detest and tear his throat out.

We all know that the book was written by a fellow Jew, who was dissatisfied that anarchy didn't take permanent hold in the 60s;

"Rules for Radicals", by Saul Alinsky, hilary's and the left's bible. 

Ethereal's picture

Everything that Bernie Sanders presents is antithetical to solving the Problems America faces. He should run to replace Maduro.