*What would Mother Jones do? Probably not bash idealistic young leftists*
The left-of-center Mother Jones mag inexplicably is targeting the young
people behind Bernie Sanders's movement *Daniel Denvir
<http://www.salon.com/writer/daniel_denvir/>*

http://www.salon.com/2016/09/16/what-would-mother-jones-do-p
robably-not-bash-idealistic-young-leftists/
<https://twitter.com/danieldenvir>


[image: What would Mother Jones do? Probably not bash idealistic young
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Reuters/Jim Young)

Mother Jones was a real-life human being famous for her work as a radical
labor organizer in the late 19th and early 20th century. Today, Mother
Jones is a left-of-center magazine staffed in part by people who are
hostile toward Bernie Sanders in particular, and left politics and the
young people at its lead in general. It’s kind of odd. Yesterday, editor
Clara Jeffery tweeted that she has “never hated millennials more” because
many of them report that they will vote for third party candidates in
November.

Someone on Twitter quickly pointed out that young people support Hillary
Clinton over Donald Trump by large margins, and that it is fact older
people who skew right. Establishment-oriented liberals are still furious
that Sanders, a longtime independent, dared run inside the Democratic
Party, and that young people supported him overwhelmingly.

Mother Jones writer Kevin Drum chimed in
<http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/09/dont-hate-millennials-save-it-bernie-sanders>
to say that the blame shouldn’t be put on millennials but on Sanders,
because it was the old man who led impressionable young people astray.

“He’s the one who convinced these folks that Clinton was in the pocket of
Wall Street,” Drum wrote. “He’s the one who convinced them she was a
corporate shill.”

Well, shame on Sanders for telling the truth? Drum argues that young
people, if not for Sanders, would love Clinton like they loved Obama.
Drum doesn’t like Sanders and thinks that Clinton has spent a “literal
lifetime” fighting for progressive values. Unfortunately for Drum, many
young people disagree.

Drum’s problem, then, is that Sanders inspired young people to dream of
something much better for their future, and that it is Sanders’s fault that
Clinton does not similarly inspire them? Is it wrong for young people
coming of age during the Great Recession and the endless War on Terror to
have a problem with six-figure speaking gigs from Goldman Sachs?

If Drum believes what he writes, then he does not simply have a strategic
disagreement with Sanders and his supporters — he has fundamentally
different political opinions. That’s his right. But he should know that he
sounds pretty condescending arguing that youthful Sanders supporters are
fundamentally like him and, if only they had not been misled, would think
and act as he does. Drum, much like Gloria “the boys are with Bernie”
Steinem, doesn’t seem to think that young people can think for themselves.

As I’ve written previously, establishment liberals have an unhealthy
relationship with the left: they hate the left, call it names and blame it
for everything horrible that happens. Weirdly, they then insist that the
left follows its lead every four years and vote for their candidate,
treating it as some wayward political subsidiary that they have a right to
control. They simultaneously describe the left as marginal and a mortal
threat to the party’s future. That historic political pattern is now being
expressed in generational terms by Baby Boomer Clinton supporters.

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