Tuesday, February 18, 2020

With Bernie Sanders in the Lead, Is Democratic Socialism Unstoppable?

By Peter Suderman - February 18, 2020 at 03:32PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) squeaked out a victory in last week's New Hampshire primary, but now he has a new threat to contend with: former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose formidable pocketbook has helped put his campaign near the top of national polls. Is Bernie's vision of Democratic socialism the future? Or will Bloomberg's blend of technocratic competence and paternalism win out?

Here to discuss the latest wave of Democratic party infighting on this week's Reason Roundtable are special guests Robby Soave and Stephanie Slade, along with Nick Gillespie. Peter Suderman fills in for Matt Welch as host.

Also up for debate: Is Bill Barr Trump's hatchet man? Does President Trump think he's above the law? What's Roger Stone got to do with any of this? And what's with Trump's big new budget plan?

Audio production by Ian Keyser and Regan Taylor.

Music: 'The Plan's Working' Cooper Cannell

Relevant links from the show:

"Is Bloomberg vs. Sanders the 2020 Nightmare Scenario?" by Eric Boehm.

"Bill Barr Knew He Would Be a Hatchet Man for Trump," by J.D. Tuccille

"How Much More Should Trump Be Spending on You?" by Nick Gillespie

Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump's Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington, by Lachlan Markay  Asawin Suebsaeng

"Trump's Budget Plan Is an Economic Fantasy," by Peter Suderman

"President Trump, Betsy DeVos Want To Reduce the Education Department's Size and Power," by Robby Soave

"The Good News Is That We Probably Won't Elect a Socialist. The Bad News Is That We Already Have, Many Times," by Nick Gillespie

"Bloomberg's Awful Old Quotes Defending Unconstitutional Stop-and-Frisk Are Coming Back to Haunt Him," by Scott Shackford

"Roger Stone Inauguration Outfit Twitter Roast Is Hilarious," via New York 


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