The Iowa caucus results last night were a major victory for Bernie Sanders, who “virtually tied” Hillary Clinton and won nearly as many delegates in the hotly contested start of the primaries.
Bernie's autobiography Outsider in the White House (now 50% off on our site) charts his political career from his time as the mayor of Burlington to congressman to US senator, and includes a substantial afterword from The Nation's John Nichols.
Below is the preface to the new edition, written by Bernie Sanders in September 2015, which explains his decision to run for president and calls on people to come together and demand that the government work for all Americans and not the corporate elite.
The workingmen of Europe feel sure that...the American War of Independence initiated a new era of ascendancy. — Karl Marx and the First International Workingmen’s Association to Abraham Lincoln, 1864
Today marks two hundred and thirty eight years on from the Declaration of Independence, penned by Thomas Jefferson and others. It was Thomas Paine's pamphlet Common Sense, published in The Rights of Man and Common Sense, which inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. In clear, simple language it explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence. The passionate cry for independence continues to this day, with the recent call for a Scottish independence.