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FEATURING ARUN GUPTA – As we continue our election coverage at this pivotal time in American history, the all-important question arises: can progressives really influence the centrist Democratic Party that has worked so hard to woo conservative white voters? The only indication that party establishment has made to Bernie Sanders has been to allow him to choose five people to help craft the DNC platform. Clinton was given six. Sanders picked an array of influential figures including Cornel West and Bill McKibben. The question is, can progressives actually influence the corporate-friendly Democratic party from within?

Arun Gupta, an investigative journalist who has written for dozens of publications including the Washington Post, the Guardian, The Nation, and Salon. He writes regularly at teleSUR English. He was a founding editor of the Occupy Wall Street Journal.

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