I think the Nation has missed the point, maybe Sanders has too. We are not talking anymore about an American election (Sanders may, of course, get elected, and then…?) but an international context where the words ‘socialism’ and ‘communism’ are the appropriate references.
So what if American elects a ‘socialist’ sympathizer for President? Will that to anything for the global proletariat upon whom Americans left and right, upper and lower class, are parasites? It won’t do much of anything.