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Bernie Sanders as Leviathan

by Critical Commons Manager

Compared with the other candidates in the 2016 primaries, Bernie Sanders has a legitimate claim to the populism of social democracy that his campaign proclaims. In this ad, ordinary citizens who are the primary funders of the Sanders campaign are aggregated into a talking head of the candidate himself, calling to mind the cover of Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, in which a sovereign leader is literally composed of the bodies of his subjects.

Bernie Sanders populist collage ad

The visual rhetoric of this ad invokes traditional populist ideals as well as the social contract described in Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, in which a leader is composed of his subjects

from Bernie Sanders ad (2016)
Creator: Bernie 2016
Posted by Critical Commons Manager