As an Elizabeth Warren supporter, some friends have asked me why I support Warren and not Bernie Sanders? They share many of the same political positions on various issues. Both represent the most progressive voices in this field of Democratic candidates running for the presidency. What is the difference between Warren and Sanders?
I like both Warren and Sanders. The difference between Warren and Sanders is the difference between a liberal Democrat and a democratic socialist. Liberal Democrats and democratic socialists have many similarities. Both agree about the flaws of the capitalist system and both gear their policy proposals to attack the problems of economic inequality. The difference between liberals and socialists is that liberal Democrats want to reform the capitalist system while democratic socialists want to replace the capitalist system. Warren envisions a well-regulated free market in the line of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal or Teddy Roosevelt’s 1912 Bull Moose Party platform. Sanders’ aims to model the United States on democratic socialist countries like Iceland, Sweden, and Norway.
Warren aims to reconfigure our country’s capitalist system so that it benefits all Americans and not just a wealthy minority. She aims to offer relief for middle class and poor Americans by raising the taxes of those earning more that $50 million to pay for universal childcare, student loan debt relief, and universal college. Warren also aims to strengthen the checks and balances to corporate power by allowing workers to elect at least 40% of a corporation’s board members, by strengthening unions and by enforcing anti-trust laws.
There are legitimate criticisms one can make about Warren’s proposals from both the Left and the Right. If you look at history, liberals have been right about some things and wrong about some things. But you can also say that about conservatives, democratic socialists, libertarians or any group. Elizabeth Warren’s policy agenda is well within the liberal tradition of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, Harry Truman’s Fair Deal, John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. FDR’s New Deal was not perfect, but it saved America’s capitalist system in the 1930s.
I’m a liberal Democrat because I think liberals have been correct far more often than they’ve been wrong.
Here is a video of Bernie Sanders explaining the difference between himself and Elizabeth Warren. Warren considers herself a capitalist while Sanders does not.
Here is a video of Elizabeth Warren paying tribute to Franklin Roosevelt’s Second Bill of Rights speech