Bernie Sanders has his heart in the right place, but he’s an old-style leftist. He’s all Eugene Debs and FDR.
Last week he said, typically: “You don’t start off by coming up with a sum and working down. You start out by looking at the needs that need to be addressed and adding them up.”
The “new paradigm” re-thinkings associated with the Green movement started to broach new questions, like: What, really, are “needs”? Is the idea to “lift everyone up” to Affluenza standards?
And: Can remote statist bureaucracies (like the US federal government) really know what’s needed?