The incomparable Elizabeth Bruenig methodically lays out the differences between Sanders and Warren. Revolution or regulation? Democratic socialism or democratic capitalism?
Warren’s many plans for that are activist liberalism at its best. Using an activist government to creatively solve problems by changing policy through legislation.
Warren believes today’s socioeconomic ills are the result of high concentrations of power and wealth that can be resolved with certain regulatory tools and interventions.
Bernie is vaguer on policy specifics but very clear that only a revolution that changes the power structure of the country can create real change.
But for Sanders, those solutions come up short. For a number of reasons — alienation and disengagement among the electorate, and the extraordinary power of big business and finance over government — he doesn’t believe that even the cleverest, most uniformly applied regulations will solve what he views as a political and economic crisis.
So who is right?