Bernie Sanders – can he be a socialist, please?

Guardian letter 5 (February 2016)

(UK newspaper The Guardian had seriously under-reported the amazing rise of Bernie Sanders. When they eventually had to report it, they took to adding a sneering and condescending prefix to Sanders’ declared political position.)

Go Bernie!
Photo: Huffington Post

Socialist‘ is usually an insult in the US. A high-profile politician who voluntarily takes on the term deserves some respect. If faith in government to correct economic injustice is the key hallmark of socialism, and if Bernie Sanders campaigns for that, which he does, then he’s entitled to call himself a socialist – and to be called one by the media without the derogatory prefix ‘self-declared‘.

Postscript: Amazingly – OK, probably coincidentally – they’ve stopped using it!


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