In this piece, Thomas Edsall explores the relationship between social and demographic transitions and the reorganization of the base of the Democratic and Republican parties. You can read the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/04/opinion/campaign-stops/the-great-trump-reshuffle.html?smid=fb-share&;_r=3
Harmony Goldberg

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Donald Trump’s Indiana victory and now unstoppable march toward the Republican presidential nomination underscores the defining feature of this year’s general election. Linda Burnham’s Notes on the Election cut to the chase:

“Straight up racism and xenophobia have moved from the margins into the center of the GOP presidential campaign; they are used as a rallying cry to attract discontented voters; and white racial solidarity is exposed as the anchor and heart of right wing politics in the U.S. across the spectrum from ordinary conservatism to rabid white supremacy.”

A victory for the GOP nominee would likely mean right-wing control of all branches of the federal government (combined with the 31 governorships and state legislatures they already control). It would deal a huge blow to progressive policies, social movements, and all of the 99%.

At the same time, divisions within the GOP; revulsion at GOP bigotry and crudeness by an apparent majority of the U.S. people; and the surge of progressive energy that runs from Occupy through the Bernie Sanders campaign and the Black Lives Matter, Fight for 15 and other social movements means there are good prospects to defeat the right. In fact, there is a reasonable chance of an anti-Trump landslide and the possibility of a roll back of GOP strength in both houses of Congress and numerous state governments. Although the far right has reached the height of its power in recent decades, it is also extremely vulnerable to counter-attack and division.

The perilous consequences of a Trump presidency should be a wake-up call for the left. The possibility of dealing the racist right a major blow should energize and excite us.

Working America,the commmunity affiliate of the AFL-CIO, reached out to 1,689 likely voters with household incomes of $75,000 or less in working-class neighborhoods outside Cleveland and Pittsburgh in what they called a “front porch focus group” – conducted in person at their front doors. It offers helpful insights for organizations taking up the work of organizing swaying […]
This piece explores the limits of racial politics in the Sanders’ campaign, providing helpful reflections towards the development of more multi-racial forms of left populism in the years to come. His underlying view – that racism will be ameliorated by curbing Wall Street and excessive capitalism – is right: black and brown Americans would fare […]
In this piece, Lee Drutman explores the political implications of the emergent splits between the different wings of the Republican Party. The crack-up of the Republican-business alignment doesn’t necessarily mean that corporate America won’t continue to succeed in Washington. It just means that there won’t be one clearly pro-business party. Instead, for the immediate future, […]
In this piece, Nate Silver looks at the real numbers to explore the actual class composition of Trump’s supporter base. It’s been extremely common for news accounts to portray Donald Trump’s candidacy as a “working-class” rebellion against Republican elites. There are elements of truth in this perspective: Republican voters, especially Trump supporters, are unhappy about the direction of the […]
Kate Aronoff explores the possibilities of a new political party emerging out of the Bernie Sanders cmapign, one that is led by millenials and communities of color. “For Cho, holding today’s politicians accountable is a key part of the democratic process. Just as important, she contends, is to support insurgent ones. “Movements will be movements, […]
In this piece, Waleed Shahid calls on progressives to form a left variation of the Tea Party. “Instead of attempting to grab hold of the Sanders base in one swift move, progressive organizations should ask themselves what role they can play in the next stage of the political revolution and its developing network. Many organizations […]
For forty years, liberals have accepted defeat and called it ‘incremental progress.’ Bernie Sanders offers a different way forward. The primary campaign between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has produced the most direct ideological battle the Democratic Party has seen in a generation. It’s not just the policy differences that separate Sanders’s blunt social-democratic platform from Clinton’s neoliberal […]
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 […]
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