Bernie Sanders’ papers from the period when he was mayor of Burlington, Vt., are public now and the left-wing magazine Mother Jones has had someone go through those papers and extract some fascinating personal insights about Sanders. It’s very rare to get such a window into the personal lives of public figures while they’re still alive. The article paints a picture of a man full of personal angst and self-doubt, and it shows his personal life to have been a mess. It always shocks me that a person can know his personal life is a disaster but still believe he should dictate how others must live their lives. (And this applies to every politician in the coercive political system, not just Sanders.) I have little interest in the politics of this article, but the psychological insights are amazing.
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