Two additional problems cropped up that made it increasingly difficult to justify my faith:
- It became increasingly clear to me that most of the people playing leading roles in the Sanders movement did not understand political economy. Trade wasn’t playing a significant role in their campaigning or in the public debate they waged online and in the pages of their journals. Many continued to believe that the political strategies of the 20th century could simply be revived, paying no heed to the effects of globalisation. Others framed socialism as an idealist moral project, avoiding the economy altogether.
- As I continued to spend time in the university setting, it became obvious that most of the people leading this movement were not ordinary people and they were not interested in acting as trustees for ordinary people. Even when they professed support for left-wing causes, they got involved for the wrong reasons–to promote social issue pet causes, to advance their own careers, and to virtue signal to their peers. Whenever the interests of ordinary folks conflicted with these things, they put themselves first.