Rebranding the “Liberal” Left – Paste Magazine


See most any media analysis of what’s happening in the Democratic Party right now, and you’ll find that the group hacks call ‘the left’—a movement long frowned upon in American politics—is having a moment. This is how the press presents it to us: Spearheaded by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, a branch of ‘leftist’ outsiders are now looking to transform the Democratic Party from within. And it looks like they’re going to succeed, too. With the Democrats panicked and desperate, defeated by a man who in any other year would have been unelectable, a set of apparent leftie radicals now seem set to take a position of real influence in the country’s oldest political party.

This is the story we’re being told. The truth is that there is no ‘left’ or ‘right’ anymore—those descriptors have become meaningless. There aren’t wishy-washy liberals or…



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