Back when I was in college, I took a course called Personal and Social Freedom. It was in that class that I studied Marxism for the first time.
We learned that, for Marx, the are three economic stages. There’s capitalism followed by socialism and communism. For Marx, capitalism is marked by class struggle and class warfare. There’s the very few with ungodly wealth and the masses who have very little. Socialism begins when the masses (the proletariat) rise up against the wealthy (the bourgeoisie).
At the time, I came from a humble background. I saw my family struggle with finances my whole life. I also saw, on TV mostly, the very few with enormous wealth who controlled everything.
I was convinced that socialism is the next step and made it my goal to be a part of that effort. Socialism is when the means of production is owned by the community as a whole. Under socialism, there will be no select few with billions controlling everything. Instead, the masses will be in control and share in on the wealth. This levels the playing field. It gives families like mine a fighting chance.
I know that Bernie is a Democratic Socialist. And I think it’s time I put my efforts into the fight. Therefore, after looking at Bernie’s policies, I vow to vote for him in the primaries. I also know very well that he may not be able to accomplish everything he wants to do. That’s the pragmatic nature of all of this. However, I know Bernie will fight as much as he can to get things done. There’s no one I trust more for this office–and to fight for me–than Bernie Sanders.
If you come from a family like mine, who didn’t have everything and worked hard for what they did have, I ask you to join me in voting for Bernie.