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Bertrand Russell, the philosophical father of Bernie Sanders?

Together with his political and social views with his shock of white hair Bertrand Russell could easily pass for the philosophical father of Bernie Sanders. Many political cartoons of Russell and his views exist, but no Saturday Night Live skits. Of course, Bernie and his antics are far more successful in gaining office and the public’s attention, but many of Russell’s views are reflected in positions that Bernie has taken.

Women’s Rights

As a young man, Bertrand Russell was a member of the Liberal Party and wrote in favor of women’s suffrage. In his 1910 pamphlet, Anti-Suffragist Anxieties, Russell wrote that some men opposed suffrage because they “fear that their liberty to act in ways that are injurious to women will be curtailed.” In May 1907, Russell stood for Parliament as a woman’s suffrage candidate in Wimbledon.

During Sanders long political career he has consistently co-sponsored and voted for pro-women’s health legislation, programs to help victims of domestic violence as well as pushing for equal pay for women.

LGBT rights

Russell was also an active supporter of the Homosexual Law Reform Society, being one of the signatories of A.E. Dyson’s 1958 letter to The Times calling for a change in the law regarding male homosexual practices, which were partly legalized in 1967, when Russell was still alive.

Likewise, Sanders has demonstrated his support for this community for decades. As early as 1983 when he endorsed the Gay Pride parade in a time when it really wasn’t popular to do so. Bernie also co-sponsored of the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ban discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Sanders was also opposed President Clinton’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, which put gay service members in a kind of limbo. In a 1995 debate, he called out an opponent for saying he didn’t want “homos in the military.” In more recent years, he called on Barack Obama to support marriage equality—something the president did the very next year.

On Capitalism and Socialism

In Russell’s book, In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays (1935), contains a chapter, The Case for Socialism. Russell was ferocious on the ills of Capitalism, such as suppressing wages and union rights, or what we now call Income Inequality. More generally, he wrote, “Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.”side with the more advanced civilization could put the land to better use.

Sanders has always identified himself as a democratic socialist. He defines his position in a speech made during the 2015 presidential primary. “Let me define for you, simply and straightforwardly, what democratic socialism means to me,” Sanders said. “It builds on what Franklin Delano Roosevelt said when he fought for guaranteed economic rights for all Americans. And it builds on what Martin Luther King, Jr. said in 1968 when he stated that, ‘This country has socialism for the rich, and rugged individualism for the poor.’ It builds on the success of many other countries around the world that have done a far better job than we have in protecting the needs of their working families, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor.”

Anti War

Bertrand was a known pacifist. He openly protested against world war one. Before war was declared, he had no doubt whatsoever that it was his duty to oppose it. He organized a petition, signed by over 60 Cambridge dons, expressing “their conviction of the supreme importance of preserving England’s neutrality .. considering .. no vital interest of this country is endangered such as would justify our participation in a war.” This appeared in the Guardian and Daily News on 3 August 1914, the day that Sir Edward Grey, the Foreign Secretary, carried the House of Commons in support of a declaration of war, duly made the following day. That day, Russell had the enthusiastic support of the editor of the Liberal paper, the Nation, to publish the following letter, only for an agreement to be withdrawn. After vehement protests, it was printed on 15.

August, and later in New York. Here is an extract:
“Sir – Against the vast majority of my countrymen, in the name of humanity and civilization, I protest against our share in the destruction of Germany. A month ago, Europe was a peaceful comity of nations; if an Englishman killed a German, he was hanged. Now .. he is a patriot. We rejoice when we read of innocent young men, blindly obedient to the word of command, mown down in thousands by the machine guns of Liege.”

Meanwhile is 2003 America was gearing up for a war against Iraq. 20 Democrats in the Senate and one Republican voted against the Use of Military Force against Iraq. In the House, 118 Democrats voted against the invasion of Iraq, including an Independent from Vermont, Bernie Sanders.

“War should be in my view, the last resort of a great nation. We should explore every other option — and I know that opens up the political types: ‘Oh, you’re wimpy. You don’t want to go to war.’ Well, I don’t accept that. I’ve talked to too many people who came home without legs, without eyesight, with traumatic brain injury,”

Civil Rights

Russell took a serious interest in the American civil rights movement in the 1960s, writing several influential articles documenting the injustices against blacks and making connections to the united states domestic and foreign violence. As a result of an appeal from an American civil rights group – the emergency civil liberties committee – Russell wrote several statements and letters on behalf of the reverend Ashton Jones, a white civil rights advocate. The appeal was successful and Jones was released in early 1964.

In August 1963, 21-year-old college student Bernie Sanders was arrested during a school segregation protest in Chicago. Sanders joined hundreds of demonstrators, most black parents and students, in protesting the installation of mobile classrooms to relieve overcrowding at black schools without transporting black students to white schools with open seats. Protesters barricaded the proposed construction site, and some physically blocked construction trucks and police cars. A new Sanders campaign advertisement features recently discovered video footage and a photograph of his arrest at this protest over five decades ago. “When I saw Bernie Sanders getting arrested for protesting segregation it was powerful,” actor and activist Danny Glover says in the ad. “The presidential candidate that has put himself on the line to be on the right side of history. I think Bernie is one of us. I think Bernie is with us.”

Wrap Up

While these men didn’t agree on everything. It’s hard to miss such similarities in their beliefs as well as the impact they’ve made on society as a whole. To learn more about Bertrand Russell, read some of his published works.

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The essays in this little volume, published here for the first time in book form, were written by Bertrand Russell during the Second World War when he was less concerned with the stormy issues of nuclear warfare and the containment of communist aggression. In those years the author was teaching philosophy at American universities and exercising a growing influence on America s student population. The essays assembled here are fundamentally concerned with the art of reckoning in the fields of mathematics, logic and philosophy. The simplicity of Russell s exposition is astonishing, as is his ability to get to the core of the great philosophical issues and to skillfully probe the depth of philosophical analysis. Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, social reformer, and pacifist. Although he spent the majority of his life in England, he was born in Wales, where he also died. Russell led the British “revolt against Idealism” in the early 1900s and is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his protege Wittgenstein and his elder Frege. He co-authored, with A. N. Whitehead, Principia Mathematica, an attempt to ground mathematics on logic. His philosophical essay “On Denoting” has been considered a “paradigm of philosophy.” Both works have had a considerable influence on logic, mathematics, set theory, linguistics and analytic philosophy. He was a prominent anti-war activist, championing free trade between nations and anti-imperialism. Russell was imprisoned for his pacifist activism during World War I, campaigned against Adolf Hitler, for nuclear disarmament, criticized Soviet totalitarianism and the United States of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1950, Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, “in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought.”

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