Let us be honest…the democratic field grows larger by the day. Like a middle aged pimple that refuses to go away and, only gets bigger and bigger by the stress level encountered.
Originally, I had performed grassroots efforts for Hillary…back in the day. By the way, back in the day had only been a few years ago…but it feels as if it were…a ‘golden’ age ago.
However, the big H seemed to have less spunk and courage and creativity than the Bern. Admittedly, I switched ‘sides’.
So Bern has thrown his hat into the ring(2020). And, yet, another ethical, social and moral question arises…
What is the difference between the Bern and Elizabeth Warren?
With her announcement of an “exploratory committee” this week, Elizabeth Warren is almost certainly going to run for president. And when she does, she is almost certainly going to occupy the same left flank of the 2020 Democratic field as another firebrand senator from a Northeastern state, Bernie Sanders.
Yet despite the natural affinity of these two liberal icons, the way they think about policy is actually rather distinct, in ways both important and illuminating.
A lot has changed since Warren last contemplated a presidential run back in 2015. Hillary Clinton’s triumph over Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primaries and subsequent loss in the general election to President Trump seems to have loosed the party from many of its imaginative shackles. The kind of economic policies Sanders championed — ideas considered wildly radical or unrealistic a mere three years ago — are now being adopted by many of the party’s likely contenders.
Sanders happily identifies himself as a democratic socialist (as increasing numbers of young Americans do). But more specifically, Sanders tends to champion the Nordic model, where the government provides a wide array of services, from health care to child care to generous income supports and more, thus rolling back the amount of human life governed by markets. Sanders wants to pass a national a single-payer health-care system and make college tuition free for everyone. He also aims to break up the big banks and pass a $1 trillion public investment in infrastructure.
To people who identify as centrists or conservatives, Warren and Sanders no doubt look like two peas in a pod. But Warren actually still self-identifies as a capitalist. “I believe in markets and the benefits they can produce when they work,” she told The Atlantic. “Markets with rules can produce enormous value.”