Bernie Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist.
So there’s little doubt that as his campaign continues to gain momentum, his opponents and critics will ramp up the name calling: He’s a radical! A Marxist! A communist!
The problem is that most people don’t understand what those words really mean.
In this episode of Searching for Bernie, professor David Coates of Wake Forest University helps us make sense of it all.
- David Coates holds the Worrell Chair in Anglo-American Studies at Wake Forest University. Born in the United Kingdom and educated at the universities of York and Oxford, he came to Wake Forest in 1999, having previously held personal chairs at the universities of Leeds (in contemporary political economy) and Manchester (in labor studies). He has written extensively on UK labor politics, contemporary political economy and US public policy.
- Richard Wolff on Real Time with Bill Maher (July 25, 2014)
- What is socialism?
- What is democratic socialism?
- May Day (aka International Workers’ Day)
- mixed economy
- Red Scare
- Eugene Debs
- the Progressive movement
- Elizabeth Warren
- Margaret Thatcher
- Still The Enemy Within (video trailer for the documentary about the 1984-85 British Miners’ Strike)
- Audio bed: Lope & Shimmer by Podington Bear