Bernie’s Grudge Against Capitalism Is Rooted In A Baseball Myth


If you’re looking for the foundational myth of the mindset of America’s most popular socialist, The New York Times is ready with an answer. Yes, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ mother’s illness and family’s troubles paying her medical bills played a role in shaping his left-wing politics (as well as providing a familiar echo for those who remember Barack Obama’s largely fictional justification for his health-care scheme). But the episode that truly fueled his rage against capitalism was the same one that broke millions of other hearts in his native Brooklyn.

When the Brooklyn Dodgers left New York for Los Angeles after the 1957 season, it created a grudge that Sanders — and countless other Dodger fans of a certain age — has never entirely let go of. As he recently told the Times: “It was like they would move the Brooklyn Bridge to California. How can you move the Brooklyn Bridge to California?”

For a person who has been largely reluctant to open up about the major influences on his life, what happened to the Dodgers is one thing about which he is always willing to talk. “I don’t want to tell you that was the sole reason that I’ve developed the politics that…

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