Howie Hawkins, long time Green Party activist and political candidate, explains that the Sanders campaign has revealed that a mass base exists now for an independent party of the left. More than in most presidential cycles, there is reason to hope for a mass breakaway in 2016. With many Sanders supporters unwilling to vote for Clinton, the independent left has a big opportunity to enlist significant new forces for independent left politics.
Tom Harrison, author of “The Left Should Declare Its Independence from the Democrats,” and “Breaking Through by Breaking Free” in the collection of essays in the new book Empowering Third Parties, discusses the necessity, beginning with the Jill Stein campaign, of building “a movement-type party filled with activists and democratically controlled by it
Keely Mullen, of the Movement4Bernie, makes the case that our movement faces a burning question: Do we fall in line behind Clinton’s corporate campaign, or do we continue the political revolution and build a new party for the 99%? Tens of millions are standing against the tide, resisting a Democratic Party establishment hell-bent on forcing Sandernistas behind Wall Street’s “lesser evil” candidate.
After living through a 40-year neo-liberal dystopia with increasing income inequality and decreasing class mobility, the two party system is under mounting stress. Barry Eidlin, Assistant Professor of Sociology at McGill University, discusses the weakness of class-based political appeals in the U.S. and why there has been no labor or viable mass progressive third party to date in the United States.
Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, Deputy Communications Director of People's Action, talks about the upcoming People's Summit in Chicago where Bernie Sanders supporters will gather to discuss how to continue and deepen the political revolution that's been sparked during the 2016 campaign season.