“It gives us a glimpse of what politics could be like along the lines of progressive renaissance,” Yanis Varoufakis said.

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said Sanders’ meteoric rise is evidence that unabashed progressive politics is an effective antidote to the far-right xenophobia on the rise across the developed world.

“Every time we have a spasm of capitalism, whether this is the 1930s or now, the seeds of vulgar ultra-right-wingness sprout into a very ugly tree,” Varoufakis said.

Bernie Sanders, he argued, “has succeeded” in appealing to the disenchanted voters hurt by a struggling economy, who might otherwise rally behind Donald Trump or politicians like Trump.

“I am very impressed by his capacity to rise from almost complete marginality to the center of the debate,” Varoufakis continued. “And if you look at the discussion he has invigorated, or reinvigorated, in the Democratic Party, that just goes to show that it is perfectly possible to excite young people, people who are apathetic, people who loathe politics, into participating in politics again.”

Source  – HuffPost: Why This Top European Progressive Is Excited About Bernie Sanders