Corbyn, Sanders, and a transatlantic left

Autumn 2015

A fashionable way of understanding the contemporary left in the United States and Britain is to see them as a pair, rising and falling together. On this view, the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the Labour Party’s leader and Bernie Sanders’s recent surge in poll numbers are simply the latest in a series of developments that span the Atlantic. Reagan and Thatcher, Clinton and Blair, Sanders and Corbyn. The special relationship extends beyond diplomacy; it now comprises a common political fate, though the exact reasons for the symmetry have never been clearly stated.

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