The book ... dwells mostly on his 2016 presidential run and his political vision: a $15 minimum wage, fully subsidized higher education, a nationalized health system and so on ... His writing, much like his talk, is clear and direct.
There is in my view a fatal contradiction at the heart of Mr. Sanders’s worldview: He holds democratic self-rule to be sacred and inviolable, but he’s prepared to transfer enormous power to a coercive and impersonal government that cares little for the people’s will. Near the beginning of the book Mr. Sanders recalls the “profound lesson about democracy and self-rule” he learned as a boy on the streets of Brooklyn. “Nobody supervised us. Nobody coached us. Nobody refereed our games. We were on our own. Everything was organized and determined by the kids themselves. The group worked out our disagreements, made all the decisions, and learned to live with them.”