Harmony Goldberg

Why Progressives Need a National Electoral Strategy—and Fast, by Bill Fletcher (Alternet)

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In this piece, Bill Fletcher, Jr explores the particular dangers of right-wing populism and argues that building effective electoral strategies are an important part of an interim strategy towards fundamental social transformation.

“Right-wing populism, whether in its fascist or non-fascist form, can assume a posture and articulate a language that can appear left-wing. History has demonstrated this time and again. Yet right-wing populism is NOT ‘right-wing + populism’ but is, instead, a specific integral phenomenon known as ‘right-wing populism.’ It is irrationalist, xenophobic, frequently anti-Semitic, racist and misogynistic. And it is a movement, rather than just a few crazed individuals.

Looking at Trump and his platform tells us something but not enough. An examination of his base and their objectives is just as important. The white revanchism that exists among his base, i.e., the politics of racial and imperial revenge, flows through and from the Trump campaign like waste through a sewer. The economic anger of the Trump base is something that is very real, but it is anger seen through a racial lens and articulated through coded racial language.”

Read the full article on Alternet here: http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/why-progressives-need-national-electoral-strategy-and-fast

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