Thursday, January 14

Sanders Is Not Trump

"In the burgeoning genre of think pieces linking the rises of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, Stephen Marche’s vapid Guardian essay over the weekend is perhaps the definitive contribution. Over the past several months, the two have been variously equated on the basis of their policy positions, hostility to party establishments, and allegiance to political 'extremism' — in other words, as somehow equivalent political phenomena. Both Trump and Sanders, we are ceaselessly told, are essentially vehicles for outrage, addressing discontent through demagogy, and are therefore similar. ..."