Johannes Miquel, a 19th-century socialist, was with a friend when they were approached by a beggar. The friend reached into his pocket to money the beggar up, but Miquel stopped him, exclaiming: ”Don’t delay the Revolution!” Many think our problems are caused by capitalism and the only way things will change is through revolution and that that revolution is delayed by charity and by reforms.
This essay in Jacobin magazine says:
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But in running for the Democratic presidential nomination as an outsider with almost no chance of winning, Sanders isn’t very “bold.” His offers no more hope than the fizzled presidential campaigns of Dennis Kucinich. And by steering liberal and left supporters into a Democratic Party whose policies and politics he claims to disagree with, Sanders — no matter how critical he might be of Hillary Clinton — is acting as the opposite of an “alternative.”
Based on his experience as Kucinich’s former press secretary, David Swanson has drawn the conclusion that the Left should not support Sanders.