The Donald Trump saga isn’t the only interesting story making the rounds in national politics. The other narrative gives us a chance to brush up on our political history.
You probably know that Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is drawing larger campaign crowds than his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. You may also know that Sanders is a socialist.
What does that mean, and can he be considered a socialist and a Democrat at the same time?
Sanders, a New York City native who moved to Vermont in the mid-1960s, has been in Congress since 1991. He is only the third socialist ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
What are the differences between Democrats and socialists? That’s a topic that’s been debated before, but when MSNBC host Chris Mathews asked Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz that question a few weeks ago, it started a lively conversation about political philosophy, socialism, and Democrats.
For those who study history and political theory, the question goes beyond sound bites and talking points. It’s a question and a comparison of socialism and democracy, not just Democrats.
KET Associate Producer Lillie Ruschell explored the topic with Stephen Voss, a professor of political science at the University of Kentucky, and Ph.D. candidate Charles Dainoff.