Monday, August 7, 2017

Bernie's Teenie-Bopper Rules For Radicals

There is soon to be a new addition to the largest growing category of literature in America, "Young Adults" (generally considered by the literary intelligentsia as 12-17 years old) for the present generation of young readers raised on the struggle for justice imagined in books like The Hunger Games and Divergent. They can welcome a new author aiming to inspire a revolution in the US’s contemporary dystopia.

Repackaging Marx for a New Generation
Bernie Sanders is writing a book for teens interested in progressive politics titled "Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution" due to come out later this month. It's a how-to guide encouraging students to begin work as good little leftist political activists. 

Bernie calls the up and coming generation "the smartest, most idealistic and least prejudiced generation in modern US history." He calls on young people “to fight for a progressive economic, environmental, racial and social justice agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides healthcare for all”. Or in plan English; Big Government Good, Big Business Bad, Tax the Rich, protest things you don't understand and demand Free Shit For Everybody!! 

According to the books publisher Henry Holt, in the forward Bernie reminds the reader that he overwhelmingly won younger voters among all demographics during his 2016 bid for president. I'm not sure I would be bragging that I got the most economic ill-informed, politically ignorant & restroom confused section of the electorate to vote for me in mass or not. Bernie also recently told Teen Vogue Magazine:
"This book will expose them to an unusual political campaign, the excitement of politics and what being a progressive is all about. This is a generation that is prepared to think big and move this country in a very different direction than we have been traveling for years. It is especially prepared to reject the value system espoused by Donald Trump and the rightwing reactionaries in Congress who support his ideas.” 
Yeah, let's not encourage young people to think and observe things for themselves and make decisions based accordingly. Let's fill their heads with hatred for our leaders and the American system of government by repackaging Marxism for the Teenie-Bopper in the guise of justice and freedom.  Capture their minds and their hearts and souls asses will follow, eh Bernie? 

With the help of the teachers union, it wouldn't surprise me if Bernie's book is in every inner-city school library and on required high school reading list across the land by the 2020 election for those who can actually read at above a third grade level. 

[Publishers Weekly]
[JRD NY]

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