Feeling The Bern vs Thinking the Bern

by Monty Pelerin
Monty Pelerin’s World

“Feeling the Bern” has become a rallying cry for the Bernie Sanders presidential primary effort. It seems appropriate and has a nice ring to it. Few would suggest “Thinking the Bern” sounded as good. Perhaps even fewer Sanders’ supporters would recognize the contradictions between feeling and thinking.

“Feeling the Bern” reminds me of my first encounter with what I considered a strange approach to evaluating things. Somewhere about twenty or thirty years ago my two sisters-in-laws from California visited. They were transplants, growing up in Michigan but apparently instantly adapted to the “foreign” culture of CA. Whatever the fad, they bought it. Whatever the drink, they drank it. EST and Kool-Aid were atop their intellectual environment.

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