How Sanders Could Launch a Progressive Political Party

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bernie NYDemocratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders during a campaign rally at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, New York, April 12, 2016. (Photo: Alexandra Hootnick / The New York Times)

How Sanders Could Lay the Foundation for a Third US Political Party

Saturday, 16 April 2016 00:00 By Geoff Gilbert, Truthout | Op-Ed

Please suspend your skepticism for a couple of minutes to consider that Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination has managed to create, intentionally or not, the possibility of achieving the holy grail of progressive US politics: a third political party independent of the Democrats and Republicans.

A new, independently financed political party could make Sanders’ call for “political revolution” and his claim that he is trying to build a movement more than a dream boldly proclaimed by an inspiring, if not quixotic, leader. It could deliberately seek to unify our currently fragmented movement…

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