A light has been turned on in the darkness. Let’s shelve the undergraduate theses and social media invective and see where it can lead us.
From its initial task of rethinking mobilization for an age of demobilization, the aim of the remaining Left populists will be to manage mobilization in an age of potential remobilization.
The political purpose of antifascism in the 21st century is not to stop the Right. It’s to discipline the Left.
Politics for most people is a means to an end. If we fail to highlight solidarity and shared material interests over ideological purity or identity, we will fail to transform the abstract support of disaffected voters into actual engagement.
I fear that 2020 will teach the Democrats a costly lesson about the dangers of getting swept up in ideological movements distinguished more by political realism than enthusiasm.