Sanders has always been opposed to all forms of authoritarianism, even as long ago as when he was a member of the Trotskyite communist party (officially named the Socialist Workers Party). Unsurprisingly, the main stream media don't advertise this fact. After all, they are owned by billionaires and therefore slant their reportage in favour of Democrat presidential candidates who have no policies that would affect their desire to add more billions to their net worth. That is a dangerous idea Sanders simply will not resile from, so the MSM regard him as an enemy. Their editorial policy reflects this by stressing his socialism and ignoring democratic in his democratic socialism stance.
Nevertheless, every now and again a report of Sanders's opposition to socialism without democracy, his blanket rejection of authoritarianism - including that found in communist countries - inadvertently slips through.
Question: Hi Senator Sanders, so my father’s family left Soviet Russia in 1979 fleeing from the same socialist policies you seem eager to put in this country. How do you rectify it with the failures of socialism in every country that has tried it?
Sanders: Thank you for that question. Is it your assumption that I believed in authoritarian communism that was in the Soviet Union? I haven’t, and I opposed it.
Sanders, who describes himself as a "democratic socialist," was pressed on CBS's "60 Minutes" program on Sunday about positive comments he made three decades ago about communist states, particularly his statement that Castro had vastly improved education and health care in Cuba.
"We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but you know, it's unfair to simply say everything is bad," the 78-year-old politician said.
Likewise after visiting Cuba in 1989, Sanders praised its achievements in education and healthcare, calling Castro's revolution "profound," but also noting the lack of political freedoms.
"The question is how you bring both economic and political freedom together in one society," he said at the time, according to the Rutland Daily Herald.
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