I found Brian Bethune's interview with Chris Hedges (on his new book America: The Farewell Tour) discouraging. Hedges says that both parties have betrayed workers, but there's more rage toward the Democrats because, before Clinton, they stood up for labor. 

Why the American empire has lost control—and its failure is imminent

On Corporate Takeover:

Put it this way: nations have lost control of their own economies, in essence. So it doesn’t matter what people want. There is no way to vote against the global interests of Goldman Sachs or ExxonMobil. You can’t do it. And this, of course, is what has created political crises. The result is anger and authoritarian populist figures… [emphasis mine]

On The Democratic Party:

The Democratic Party is a creation of the better-educated, more enlightened wing of the billionaire class,... fundamentally, the economic structures and imperial structures remain untouched because the Democratic Party, like the Republican Party, depends on corporate money to exist. So figures like [Nancy] Pelosi or [Chuck] Schumer have power within the party because they control the money and which candidates get the money. ...are acutely aware that should they institute real electoral reform—purging corporate money from the system—they wouldn’t hold political power

The political spectrum in the United States across the two major parties is now so narrow as to be almost irrelevant. What they argue about are cultural or social issues. But that’s a form of anti-politics. They don’t actually argue about anything of substance in terms of the economy or foreign policy. [emphasis mine]

On media:

...within the mainstream media, which has co-opted political language quite effectively. There is no genuine debate about the nature of corporate capitalism: how it works, what its economic effects are both nationally and globally, what its political effects are. It’s never discussed at all. [emphasis mine]

Ralph Nader said,"The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door."

Insofar as I see out-of-control corporate capitalism as a main driver of climate destabilization, this rips away the thin veil of pretense. There's no point in donating to the Democratic party as long as the Bernie wing is locked out.

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If you're not sure of corporate capitaliam's role in climate destabilization ...

Climate change isn’t so much a failure of human nature as it is the predictable result of a small number of corporations putting their profits ahead of humanity’s future and the planet’s well-being.

..., the business practices of just 90 fossil-fuel companies are responsible for two-thirds of the observed increases in global surface temperatures between 1751 and 2010. 

...researchers concluded that the political and media activities of a mere 35 corporations have played an outsize role in stalling action on climate change. The list includes the usual suspects, such as ExxonMobil and Koch Industries, but also some surprising names, like Bayer, Caterpillar, and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.

The Nation has assembled a list of the “Worst of the Worst” in the 
climate-wrecking industry.

Deep-green groups like Greenpeace have always viewed unchecked corporate power as the greatest threat to a stable climate.

For details see The Climate-Wrecking Industry… and How to Beat It

Just 35 companies being largely responsible for stalling meaningful action on climate destabilization! Talk about "unelected corporate government"!

A very important part of the article's headline is "...and How to Beat It".

(No, that's not my inner 12-year-old. :-) We need hope, we need possible ways forward.

Among activists, a consensus is emerging that legal action may prove the best way to bring the climate wreckers to account.... the city and county lawsuits seek to hold fossil-fuel companies liable for climate-related damages that have already occurred. In doing so, these lawsuits sharpen the public narrative about the imminence of climate change. Global warming is no longer some far-off, abstract threat; it’s something that’s causing real trouble now.
While acknowledging that there is strength in numbers, some legal observers say the magic number for success is one: A single judgment against the oil companies would be enough to change their political calculus...

Whitehouse and Carlson, among others, think the lawsuits could open the way for a kind of grand bargain on climate change: In exchange for helping to pass a law mandating an economy-wide tax on carbon, the major polluters would receive immunity from lawsuits. But such a deal would have to come with financial accountability for the climate wreckers’ misdeeds—what Whitehouse called a “massive climate-relief fund” modeled on the tobacco settlement and BP’s settlement for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. “They don’t get to walk away scot-free,” Whitehouse said.

Of course, for that to happen, climate-action champions would have to gain control of Congress. Which means that climate activists, like the rest of the progressive movement, need to do everything they can to ensure that Congress changes hands.

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