Bernie, the Democrats & Building a Mass Leftist Party

Jason Schulman, a co-editor of New Politics magazine, argues that the movement to elect Sanders represents the best opportunity to build a much larger socialist movement—and hopefully a split from the Democratic Party that results in an independent leftist party—that we’ve seen in generations. To make that party a reality, ironically enough, meant getting involved in this Democratic Party presidential campaign. Jason sees the Sanders experience as helping create a fissure in the Democratic Party that may eventually lead to a split in the party helping open the way to building the independent, democratically-run, mass leftist party that we need. Most immediately, he sees greater opportunities for building local independent, member run electoral formations, sometimes in alliance with "Berniecrats".