'Bernie has to go left or he is finished'
On June, 19, Bernie Sanders officially declared war on corporate Democrats on behalf of the progressives. Bernie tweeted:
The cat is out of the bag. The corporate wing of the Democratic Party is publicly "anybody but Bernie." They know our progressive agenda of Medicare for All, breaking up big banks, taking on drug companies and raising wages is the real threat to the billionaire class.
Yet, it seems that this was still not enough to persuade the broader progressive political spectrum that he is willing to fight the real fight against the establishment.
A few days later, Ajamu Baraka tweeted: "Poor Bernie. He can no longer hide in the liberal lane now occupied by pro-capitalist, liberal reformer Warren. And it is now not enough to point out income & wealth inequality without contextualizes it as endemic to capitalism. Bernie has to go left or he is finished."
Poor Bernie. He can no longer hide in the liberal lane now occupied by pro-capitalist, liberal reformer Warren. And it is now not enough to point out income & wealth inequality without contextualizes it as endemic to capitalism. Bernie has to go left or he is finished.
— Ajamu Baraka (@ajamubaraka) June 28, 2019
However, given the extremely tough critic that Bernie Sanders received by both Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka in the past, this latest tweet was relatively mild. And, in essence, leaves an open door for Bernie.
The message ends with the phrase 'Bernie has to go left or he is finished'. Baraka probably implies that a possible coalition of the progressive democrats with the Greens will require much more leftist positions by the progressives, which will mark the war against not only corporate Democrats, but also against capitalism.
We wrote already that progressive Democrats seem to be ignoring Jill Stein and the Greens, despite that one key proposition (mostly promoted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), the Green New Deal, is coming straight from the political manifesto of the Green Party. We expect that the progressives inside the Democratic Party will have to face a fierce opposition and another dirty war by the media and the corporate Democrats towards 2020. This means that, in the end, many young American voters may turn to the Greens as the only alternative. Therefore, Jill Stein should be part of the progressive forces that aim to transform the American society by beating the neoliberal beast.
Yet, when the DNC will rig the primaries again, the only option for the progressives will be to build a third political party and join forces with the Greens.
With another, bigger anti-progressive war being exposed, especially the young Americans will turn massively to the third party. And this would be the biggest threat against the neoliberal beast.
It seems that Baraka's message is a first attempt for an approach with the progressive Democrats. Bernie should take it seriously and start moving further to the Left. This means that he has to stop adopting, for example, McCarthyite 'Russiagate' narratives, or, break his silence and clearly support Julian Assange and other whistleblowers.