After the US election, I had hoped that we on the left would start to rethink our position, to understand that we had unwittingly contributed to Trump’s success. Studies have repeatedly shown that Trump garnered most support in those areas where the economy is weakest. But no, according to the Nation, it’s all about a ‘fear of diversity’. That’s right, we’re back to the ‘all Trump supporters are racist’ narrative. Because that strategy worked so well for Hillary Clinton, didn’t it? One wonders whether the Nation is being secretly funded by Trump’s administration to help him on his way to a second term.
It would also appear that the word ‘Nazi’ has been redefined as ‘anyone with whom the left disagrees’. I’ve never met a Nazi, although I’m assured by many of my liberal friends that you’re never more than six feet away from one.
In a way, I fear this essay. As correct as Doyle is, I really don’t think I want the left to change it’s strategy away from name calling, violent protests and identity politics.
I really think this article could snap them back to their senses. Except for this:
It seems to me that we have two options. We could return to our traditional objectives and strive to redress social inequality and thereby improve the lives of working-class people. Or we could continue this bourgeois obsession with identity politics and see where that gets us. I know which I’d prefer, but something tells me I’m not going to get my way.
“…strive to redress social inequality and therefore improve the lives of working-class people.” Not sure I see much of that coming out of Washington.