A friend wrote to me:
"Have you noticed that UK & US politics oddly mirror one another? Well I see weird similarities in the winds that blow.
In the US Bernie Sanders is a leftist democrat/independent that is an outsider challenging Hillary's privileged ownership of nominee status. And now one hears of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK rising in the Labour Party as a challenger to powers that be.
Do you know Jeremy? Is he the death of Labour or maybe it's re-vitaliser?"
I replied. "The likes of Jeremy Corbyn aren't new in the UK. In the 70's there was Michael Foot who many said was a commie. He was labour leader. But all he went on about was Nationalisation, which as Engels had pointed out years ago when Bismarck undertook various Nationalisations in Germany, hardly made him a communist. Prior to M. Foot there was Wedgewood Benn who gave up a peerage to become a labour minister under Harold Wilson in the 60's. Benn was also crazy about Nationalisation and equated it with socialism about which he spouted nonstop. Both he and Wilson were regarded by the Tories as being crypto-commies but were of course just left wing bourgeois. Guys like these - and your Bernie Sanders I guess - serve a vital function for the bourgeoisie, specially in difficult economic and social times, by presenting, or appearing to present, a radical alternative to the traditional bourgeois menu which is meant to haul in the working class behind bourgeois democracy. Does it work? What might be good about comrade Sanders is that he would hardly exist if there wasn't somewhere in the states feelings of working class radicalism beginning to make itself felt."