What Next

What Bernie Gets Wrong About Socialism

As it turns out, his big speech about democratic socialism focused on something that’s incorrect.

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The Bernie Sanders campaign billed his speech on Wednesday as a “major address on how democratic socialism is the only way to defeat oligarchy and authoritarianism.” Besides being a mouthful, the speech was an attempt for Bernie to explain why he calls himself a socialist. However, he gets a key element of the pitch wrong. Was it an accident or is Bernie intentionally trying to change what being a socialist in America means?

Guest: Jordan Weissmann, economics and policy writer at Slate.

Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.