Liza Featherstone Throws Truth at False Narrative Hillary’s Stronger Than Bernie on Women’s Issues

Over the preceding months, many Hillary Clinton supporters, and the Secretary’s far reaching political machine, have attempted to frame her as the only Presidential candidate who’s truly concerned with women and LGBT issues. According to this narrative, her main rival for the Democrat nomination, Bernie Sanders, is just an antiquated, one issue candidate who doesn’t represent the ‘broad coalition’ Hillary does…

Well, folks that have closely followed the career of Sanders, and the social democratic ideals he represent, understand that this narrative couldn’t be farther from the truth. Not only has Sanders fought for substantive change, in terms of empowering women and LBGT people, only his campaign represents a real challenge to the unjust and unequal status quo. After all, when you’re tied to corporate interests that punt socioeconomic rights around the globe on a daily basis, are you really all that progressive? Has Donald Trump been known to rant?

Well, recently Verso published False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton, which features essays from prominent feminist writers, who have taken issue with the notion Clinton is a “feminist icon.” The good folks at Alternet recently published an excerpt from the book, which in this case, was authored by Liza Featherstone. Here is some of what the accomplished journalist had to say about Clinton, and Sanders:

Senator Bernie Sanders, the only American politician of national stature who calls himself a socialist, is at the time of this writing still running a visible and popular primary challenge to Clinton. He is better than Clinton not only on economic issues, but also on reproductive choice and gay rights. Yet our liberal chattering classes frame the choice between Sanders and Clinton as a choice between democratic socialism and feminism—and the two are assumed to be incompatible. At a feminist bookstore event in late October 2015, Gloria Steinem repeated her enthusiasm for Clinton and noted pityingly that Sanders was an “old-fashioned socialist.” She liked him for it but added, “He’s not my candidate.” Salon’s Amanda Marcotte did her best to portray Bernie Sanders as the favored candidate of creepy misogynists on Reddit, and dubbed his supporters a “he-man woman haters club,” ignoring the thousands of women showing up at his events around the country and the 44 percent of female New Hampshire Democratic primary voters who intended to vote for him, according to a December 2015 poll (just one percentage point behind his far more famous rival).

 

We thus see in Clinton’s campaign a new, troubling era in which feminism, now a proper media subject, is used rhetorically as a cudgel against any sort of left politics which might actually help the vast majority of women. We saw this recently in the UK as well, with the liberal campaign against democratic socialist Jeremy Corbyn in 2015 denouncing him for being little more than an old white man, even though his female challengers were politically far to his right.

 

Why should socialism and feminism be incompatible? This persistent framing shows how horribly both feminism and the left have failed to make the case that for the vast majority of the world’s women, liberation requires socialism, or something much like it.

 

Not all the contributors to this book support Bernie Sanders in his campaign, and almost surely, each of them would find fault with him, especially on foreign policy. But there is no doubt that most women have more to gain even from Sanders’s watered-down social democracy than from the ruthless neoliberalism that Clinton represents. As they compose the majority of college students, women stand to gain immeasurably from making college tuition debt-free, as Sanders advocates, far more than from the tepid tinkering on the issue in Clinton’s platform. Sanders’s attention to living wages and the creation of decently paying jobs and single payer health care, as well as his focus on economic inequality, has the potential to speak to almost everyone, but women especially, since women make up the majority of low-wage workers and head the majority of households below the poverty line. Gender and economic justice are deeply intertwined, and it is embarrassing how easily Americans get distracted from this fact. Sanders’ platform also has plenty to say on gendered matters like abortion rights and equal pay—he even mentions the storied Equal rights Amendment, subject of a decades-long feminist battle for ratification.

Yes indeedy, and here’s hoping more Hillary boosters, particularly those in California, will see the light before that state’s primary goes down.

We highly recommend reading the entire essay here, and  you can pick up the book by heading to Verso.

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Watch TYT’s Cenk Uygur Introduce Bernie Sanders

If you watch “The Young Turks”, then chances are you’re feeling “The Bern”, as the online network are big time supporters of Mr. Bernie Sanders. See, since TYT are funded by their viewers, they’re not beholden to interests who want to keep the neoliberal model in place, which in another time was called feudalism….

Recently TYT found Cenk Uygur introduced Sanders for a rally in Vallejo, California, and outlined why he’s supporting the progressive Senator. You can check it out below.

A Must See: Requiem for the American Dream

If you’re looking for something to watch this weekend, but wish to view something that’s, you know, actually important, then you should watch Requiem for the American DreamIn fact, even if you were planning to take a break from electricity, you should do a 180, and watch it.

Requiem for the American Dream features renowned intellectual, and one of the most important progressive voices in American history, Mr. Noam Chomsky. The Professor details the ongoing battle between democratizing forces–the masses–and the ruling elite. Not only does it include information that every citizen should be aware of, but it’s shot and edited together brilliantly.

Do yourself, and hopefully society a favour, watch the damn movie.

The film is available on Netflix.

Watch The Undercurrent’s UC007 The Guide to Legal Tax Evasion

The recent release of the “Panama Papers” sparked outrage throughout the enlightened masses, as they’re further evidence of what an effing sham ‘globalization’ (neoliberalism) is. But, as The Undercurrent’s video below outlines, hoarding cash and avoiding taxation, isn’t something corporate interests have to do in the shadows.

Bernie Sanders Taking Indiana is More Bad News For Status-Quo

Yes, another primary has concluded, and it has done so in glorious fashion. As you surely know, Mr. Bernie Sanders won Indiana’s primary on Tuesday, providing further evidence of the fact that his run to become the Democratic nominee isn’t actually over (as the corporate ‘wait, what’s Trump doing now’ media’s claimed).

Now sure, Sanders is still a long shot, but if he can close out the primary season with some more key wins, the Democrat brass will need to take a real, long look at its endorsement of Hillary ‘Flip-Flop or Bust’ Clinton. Particularly since Donald Trump is going to be running for President. As Sanders noted in his speech on Tuesday (quotes via Democracy Now):

I understand that Secretary Clinton thinks that this campaign is over. I’ve got some bad news for her. Tonight, we won a great victory in Indiana. Next week, we’re going to be in West Virginia. We think we have a real shot to win in that great state. Then we’re going to Kentucky, and we’re going to Oregon; we think we have a pretty good chance to win there, as well. Then we’re going to another bunch of other states, culminating in the largest state in the United States, with the most delegates, and that is the state of California. And we think we have a pretty good chance to win there. And I think that as more and more delegates to the Democratic convention take a hard look at which candidate is generating the kind of enthusiasm, excitement, voter turnout that we need to make sure that somebody like a Donald Trump does not become president, I think we’re going to see more and more delegates concluding that that candidate is Bernie Sanders.

Gold. Pure gold. But, as many have been saying now for weeks, even if Bernie doesn’t take the nomination, his historic campaign is driving home the fact that the Democracts need to get with the times. By times, I mean an age where millions of folks are waking up to the fact that the neoliberal paradigm has miserably failed to deliver them a status-quo, which is a equitable, prosperous or sustainable. An agenda that cut the public’s ability to have an influence, or even a say, in determining and enacting socioeconomic policy. You know, that silly thing that’s been referred to as democracy?

But, when you allow endless streams of money into politics, and corporate interests to run amok, real freedom is quickly divorced from ‘democracy’. So, pay attention status-quo, Bernie’s movement shows the bell tolls for thee.

Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders is an “Unusual” Politician, He’s “Honest”

If you’ve followed Noam Chomsky over the years, then you know he hasn’t had many good things to say about politicians. After all, when you consider the majority of them are puppets for monied interests, and funded to preserve an unjust status-quo, it’s pretty understandable.

Well, one politician who Chomsky does evidently respect, however, is Mr. Bernie Sanders. Recently Chomsky spoke at the Brooklyn Public Library, and while discussing Sanders, here is some of what he had to say (quote via Democracy Now):

Well, Bernie Sanders is an extremely interesting phenomenon. He’s a decent, honest person. That’s pretty unusual in the political system. Maybe there are two of them in the world, you know. But he’s considered radical and extremist, which is a pretty interesting characterization, because he’s basically a mainstream New Deal Democrat. His positions would not have surprised President Eisenhower, who said, in fact, that anyone who does not accept New Deal programs doesn’t belong in the American political system. That’s now considered very radical.

Chomsky went on to point out that Sanders’ drive to enact universal, single-payer healthcare in the U.S., is far from a fringe idea. The renowned intellectual pointed out that if:

You go back earlier, say, to the Reagan years, about 70 percent of the population thought that national healthcare should be in the Constitution, because it’s such an obvious right. And, in fact, about 40 percent of the population thought it was in the Constitution, again, because it’s such an obvious right.

Yup. It’s pretty effin sad how far right the political spectrum has swung in recent decades. How’s that been working out for the huddled masses huh? Not too peachy…

This is why the Sanders’ campaign is so important and compelling. It’s a campaign which has reminded folks that through social democracy, through the power of the people, we can punt a corrupt and immoral political system, and create a more equitable world.