Politics

Bernie Sanders: Higher Education Should Be A Right

| by Sean Kelly

In an interview with HuffPost Live on Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders said that all Americans should have an accessible path to higher education if they want one.

Sanders said in the interview that he believed special interests were preventing citizens from getting affordable education by controlling the "academic landscape" in the country.

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Special interest groups, according to Sanders, are getting in the way of universal education being implemented. "The folks controlling the politics in America, the people who control the media aren't particularly interested in that discussion," he said. "They're doing just fine. The top one-tenth of one percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent."

Sanders admitted that despite his views, he believed that most Americans might be too set in their ways for the kind of education overhaul he envisioned.

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The Senator cited Denmark as a country with an education system he'd like to see in the U.S., calling it "democratic socialism."

"We don't want to talk about that, do we?" Sanders asked. "We love the current system, where we have massive wealth and inequality." Sanders is currently considering a bid for president in 2016. "I think what we need to do is say, 'Yes, higher education should be a right.'"

Source: The Hill / Photo Credit: colorlines.com