Adolph Reed on Why Sanders Matters

(From Reed’s appearance on Doug Henwood’s Behind the News, 9/7/16)

“One of the things that appealed to some of us in the Sanders campaign was that it seemed to have the potential of being a boost for a political movement undertaking. And it has been and it is. But the problem is that the reason why there would be a need for a boost like that is that progressive forces are-I wouldn’t say they are in disarray-but they don’t count for very much and they don’t have very clear critiques and they keep doing the same things over and over again. And those tendencies-the tendency to pronounce the existence of a coalition of all of the other feckless and empty entities of the other progressive coalitions that have been called together over the last 20 years and have foundered on, is an emphasis that has got to be challenged and criticized and, maybe organized around and underneath as we go forward.”

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