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Our history of inequality: America needs a second revolution

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On this holiday weekend, supposedly celebrating American independence, the corporate news media is working hard to reshape the race for the Democratic nomination as best they can. Their primary goal is to preserve the control of the Wall Street capitalists they serve.

But mainstream media and those behind them must now hedge their bets on No. 1 choice Joe Biden, the longtime senator from the "credit card state," because his actual debate performance was so incoherent that people noticed. (Credit-card issuers with corporate offices in Delaware represent about half the U.S. credit card market, although Delaware's 1 million or so residents are about 0.3 percent of the U.S. population.)

Those forces may see a golden lining in the Democratic field’s subsequent realignment with the continued rise of Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris and the impressive fundraising prowess of South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

In the conventional narrative, the success of the Warren and Harris campaigns equates to a cooling of enthusiasm for Sen. Bernie Sanders, the only avowed democratic socialist in the mix.

The Vermont senator is 77 years old, and there's an underlying attitude that that fact should be disqualifying. Yet it has been Sanders' septuagenarian imagination that over the course of the last three years has moved the Democratic Party at least slightly away from corporate interests and toward a truly progressive agenda that takes direct aim at the nation’s accelerating wealth concentration and income disparity.

Jonathan Tasini, author of “The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America,” suggested to Politico that it was Sanders' outsized influence on the direction of the Democratic Party that now poses a daunting challenge for his 2020 campaign.

“He has to clearly distinguish himself and say why people should vote for him when five or six other people are running for........

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