Dr. Margaret Flowers is an environmental activist running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland as a member of the Green Party. In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” she discusses political stagnation and revolution with Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges.

The two discuss the “corporate stranglehold” on American elections and the oppressive nature of two-party systems. Although she emphasizes the importance of grass-roots movements to incite political change, Flowers also notes that it’s “important to have people inside of the system.”

Hedges asks Flowers about Bernie Sanders’ campaign, in which the longtime independent member of Congress is running as a Democrat: “Our problem is corporate power,” she says. “We have two corporate parties. We can’t challenge corporate power by putting in place more corporate parties. … [H]e’s giving the Democratic Party legitimacy by running in it.”

Watch the full interview below for deeper analysis of corporate political influence, concerns about the Sanders campaign and tactics to break free of a rigged electoral system.

—Posted by Emma Niles

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