Garry Kasparov wrote a Facebook post last week chiding Sanders supporters for “lecturing [him], a former Soviet citizen, on the glories of Socialism and what it really means.”
Now that the post has reached about 10 million people, Kasparov wrote a great piece over at The Daily Beast about the nerve he hit, and what it means.
My conclusion that “the idea that the solution [to inequality] is more government, more regulation, more debt, and less risk is dangerously absurd” apparently had great resonance, and I think I know why. There is a growing consensus that America has deep troubles, and no one can agree on solutions. Everyone agrees that Washington should change, and some want the government to do much more while others want it to do much less. Many of the traditional economic numbers say that America is doing fine, and yet polls say that Americans—especially Sanders supporters—are angry about the present and fearful about the future.
Read the whole thing. (It’s also worth taking a peek at his Kasparov’s Wikipedia page if you’ve forgotten what the Soviets and their modern counterparts have done to Kasparov. Really incredible.)