(K. Brent Tomer),
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, that master of political theatre whose quatercentenary is upon us, will be delighted to see his most consummate speechmaker participating in the enormously entertaining 2016 American elections. Enter Bernie Sanders as Mark Antony. Friends, Americans, countrymen, lend us your ears.
The democratic socialist—who would certainly look distinguished in a majestically rumpled toga—and the Roman politician have much in common. Neither were taken seriously at the outset of their careers; just as Brutus naively dismisses the threat that Mark Antony poses to his authority (he ignores Cassius’s warning, “Know you how much the people may be moved | By that which he will utter?”), Hillary Clinton clearly expected to dispatch her rival long ago. Mr Sanders, a balding socialist foaming against crony capitalism, was perceived to be an underdog likeable enough to be indulged. His surprisingly long-lived insurrection now looks to be entering Act V, but his principled fight to put left-wing populism at the heart of the election will live after him.
Like his ancient predecessor, Mr Sanders has proved to…Continue reading