Our Revolution Summary & Study Guide

Bernie Sanders
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Sanders presents the first section of his book as a semi-autobiographical tale of his upbringing, specifically the earliest formations of his political identity. From as early as his childhood in Brooklyn, Sanders recalls the elements and experiences that made him into the man he is today. His involvement in student activism groups at the University of Chicago solidified many of Sanders' core beliefs - civil rights, quality veterans' care, and equal economic opportunity for all. The majority of the first section of Sanders' book focuses not on himself, however, but on his presidential campaign. He describes the entire process from thinking about running to formally endorsing his opponent after his loss. If Sanders learned anything on the campaign trail, it is that the need for a political revolution did not die with his campaign. This is the very foundation of Sanders' book: if the desire to change the status quo is strong enough among the common people, it can still be achieved. Sanders was voted down, but - to him - not out.

Sanders uses the second section of his book to publicize his platform for a political revolution. Through a series of in-depth and highly critical analyses, Sanders complies the most demanding issues facing America, and poses his own progressive solutions. Had his campaign had a different ending, this agenda is what a Sanders' presidency would look like. Ending a rigged and corrupt economy, ensuring universal access to health care and higher education, combating the real threat of climate change, achieving criminal justice and immigration reform, and protecting the nations' most vulnerable populations are Sanders' primary goals. He dedicates a chapter to each of these issues, fully explaining his legislative proposals and how the current system fails the working class.

Sanders' political initiatives and ideals are rooted in morality, a concept he believes too many politicians have abandoned. He preaches that it is the responsibility of the government to care for the nation's most vulnerable and oppressed populations: the poor, elderly, disabled. veterans, Native Americans, children, and those stuck in the cycle of poverty. His ideology is based on the framework laid by some of the world's greatest moral leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Pope Francis, and President Franklin Roosevelt. While he may not have been successful securing the Democratic nomination for the presidency, he was successful in starting a grassroots movement that, if led correctly, has the capacity to accomplish real political change.

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