>>In December’s “Good Reads for Socialists” we find, as you can imagine, a good many analyses of the way forward for the Left and progressives, as well as persistent warnings that the US may not be the only polity under siege from right-wing sentiment and what can still credibly be called “false consciousness.”
GOOD READS FOR SOCIALISTS: DECEMBER 2016
A late entry (added Dec. 1) -- just as we published this issue, CommonDreams featured this piece about the big-time growth DSA has experienced as a result of the election. David Duhalde, our indefatigable deputy national director, spotted it and posted.
Our comrade Dave Richardson circulated this account from Portside of Trump’s win with the consolation that the Clinton Effect (neoliberalism) is discredited in the Democratic Party. http://portside.org/2016-11-28/why-did-trump-win-and-what%e2%80%99s-next-labor-us . It has the virtues of appearing first in an Italian partisan publication along with the drawbacks of a shaky translation/retransition and editing (Nigel “Frage”?!) Another account, from the neolib-riddled WaPo but by one of their better political bloggers, focuses on the Rust Belt Democratic lifers who warned in advance that the party was ignoring, and losing, the Mahoning Valley union stalwarts it had always depended on. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2016/11/22/daily-202-rust-belt-dems-broke-for-trump-because-they-thought-clinton-cared-more-about-bathrooms-than-jobs/58339cf3e9b69b7e58e45f1b/
Some submissions from Kurt Stand, a steering committee member and frequent contributor, for December’s Good Reads:
>> Mike Eisenscher (US Labor Against War) writes from the perspective of those of us who grew up in the shadow of McCarthyism, and survived Nixon and Reagan, to give perspective to people as we now enter the era of Trump: http://portside.org/2016-11-21/election-i-hear-echoes-past
>> A comment from Red Pepper – UK radical journal -- on Trump:
>> An interesting Common Dreams article on Trump and analogies to imperial Rome: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/11/22/dealing-emperor-trump-field-notes-ancient-rome
>> An article on mass response led by feminists against the upsurge of violence against women in Europe (from Il Manifesto -- Italy): http://ilmanifesto.global/if-they-touch-one-of-us-they-touch-us-all/
>> A thoughtful article by Bill Fletcher on Fidel's passing: http://portside.org/2016-11-28/black-america-and-passing-fidel-castro
James Livingston’s terrific new book No More Work (aspirational title: “Fuck Work” but the publisher wasn’t having it, alas) gets the “Cliff-Spark Notes version” treatment by the author in Aeon: https://aeon.co/essays/what-if-jobs-are-not-the-solution-but-the-problem (for reasons inscrutable to Livingston, this article has gotten well more than 100,000 hits at this writing).
Here’s an early encyclopaedia of the Trump transition network, including such old standbys as Ed Meese (Ronald Reagan’s attorney general!). It’s the work of Public Citizen; thanks to our member Sammy Almashat for the glimpse. http://www.citizen.org/documents/People-Shaping-the-Trump-Administration-report.pdf
DSA National Director Maria Svart posted this article approvingly on Facebook; it deals with the full range of actions necessary for those out of power to stay in the game. A very socialist array… http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/11/how-should-trump-protesters-organize-themselves.html
Portside relays the Economic Policy Institute’s detailed findings of what is already intuitively apparent: Trump is rapidly reneging on the promises he made to the singular electorate he assembled. http://portside.org/2016-11-27/already-big-gap-between-trump%e2%80%99s-promises-middle-class-and-his-policies
Where can strength to counter the inevitable bad impulses of a Trump presidency be found? One argument is where the resistance has been all along: cities. Here’s Arun Gupta’s exploration of that from Yes! Magazine, by way of CommonDreams: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/11/12/how-cities-can-protect-people-threatened-trumpism
From Louis Cooper: “Clinton got higher margins than Obama 2012 in Broward and Dade counties, generally turned out her base in Fla, and lost the state by a thin margin, slightly more than 100,000 votes. Trump won the state by winning big in the suburbs and exurbs around Tampa and Orlando. S[cott] Lemieux uses this as (more) evidence for his argument that the media's obsession with the largely fake/empty story of Clinton's emails had a significant impact on the election. While Trump's victory had multiple causes (doubtless more than the minimum required number -- i.e., it was overdetermined), I think Lemieux might be right about this.”
Our West Coast comrade David Hostetter (formerly of the Peace Center back in the day) recommended (on Facebook) this piece from the indispensable Mike Davis about the long game for progressives. http://portside.org/2016-11-16/not-revolution-yet
And Tom Frank, whose Listen, Liberal turned out to be pretty prescient about the complex of neoliberal practices that would doom Democrats with those voters hammered by globalism and bad trade deals, suggests that the party is on the edge of learning nothing from its schooling by the Trumpsters. “…what will save it is what always saves it: the colossal incompetence of the Republicans.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/29/how-the-democrats-could-win-again-if-they-wanted?CMP=fb_gu
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