“…with significant investments in housing, education, and infrastructure that promised a more just and equitable social contract and made it possible for someone like Bernie, the son of a Jewish paint salesman from Poland, to benefit from upward mobility. It was precisely through the affordable education the New Deal state provided that Bernie became equipped to confront the racial and economic injustices that the New Deal either failed to alleviate or actively entrenched, and eventually was able to develop the critique that has inspired a new generation of leftists today.”

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