Lecture Six has been delivered, recorded, edited, converted, and stored, ready to be uploaded on Friday, so now perhaps I can return to the primary campaign. There is growing in me the wisp of a dream of a Sanders presidency. Bernie is doing very well indeed with white voters whose household income is $50,000 or under [essentially half of all households, more or less], as well as with the young [the figures there defy belief.] If he can crack the minority vote, which I believe he can, then we may actually see a Trump/Sanders race, in which case Bloomberg will probably run on a third party ticket. All the commentators think that would hurt the Democrats more than the Republicans, but I think that is wrong. Bernie would do well with white working class men, the so-called Reagan Democrats to whom Trump is appealing. Just imagine: Bernie against two billionaires! What more could he ask?
Seriously, this is a moment like none other in my lifetime. Class interests seem to be taking precedence over cultural, religious, or racial and ethnic concerns. We may have to trot out all the old union songs and update the lyrics. Where are Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger when we need them?