Corbyn, Sanders and the repopularisation of socialism
During the early days of his campaign for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders wondered if the crowds that he saw on the street were headed to a baseball game, only to be told: “Actually they are on the way to hear you”. Sanders’ message of free education, affordable health care, a $15 minimum wage, taxing the mega-rich and support for renewable energy is connecting with young people in the US, and is reinserting concepts like ‘socialism’ and ‘political revolution’ into popular discourse.
In the UK, Jeremy Corbyn won leadership of the British Labour Party with a landslide of support from old and new members. While Corbyn faces resistance to his progressive agenda of renationalisation, rent controls, taxing the one percent and opposition to nuclear weapons, his popularity is a reflection of the rise of anti-austerity politics in the UK and Europe today.