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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, May 12, 2016

West, By God, Virginia

Some really good analysis of the West Virginia primary, and the nature of Sanders voters.  The key bit is that many Sanders voters are not voting at all for the specific agenda of Sanders' "Revolution."  In fact, this might explain why Sanders' agenda has never received much scrutiny.

Sanders - and Trump - are really running as insurgents, not ideologues.  This is readily apparent in Trump, but often gets hidden in looking at Sanders, because Sanders himself is ideological.  But for many of his supporters, Clinton is simply the paramount example of the "corrupt system."

Ultimately, they are more fixated on tearing stuff down, rather than building a truly new system.

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