Resistance to Trumpism

Trump Tries to Blunt Protests Against his Ending DACA

September 19, 2017 by  

Editor’s note: This article follows events of the few days since our earlier article, available here.

by Anne Jaclard

The uproar against ending DACA was so great—a poll showed 88 percent of Americans were opposed to the recipients being deported, although many fewer wanted them to be able to become citizens—that Trump announced that if Congress did not act, he would “revisit” the issue within six month’s (when their deferrals expire). Some Congressional Democrats promptly started to move the Dream Act toward consideration and voting. Meanwhile, Trump invited the Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to dinner at the White House, where they made a tentative agreement to pass some kind of DACA protection, and in the same bill to “greatly increase border security.” They left aside the issue of Trump’s promised southern border wall, which has no chance of passing Congress on its own but which he will undoubtedly try to tie to something.

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Trump Rescinds ‘Dreamer’ Youths’ Deferral of Deportation; Protests Spread throughout U.S.

September 6, 2017 by  


by Anne Jaclard

Protests are in full force across the U.S. against Trump’s latest racist, harmful action: he is ending protection from deportation for 800,000 young immigrants who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children. For the past five years, those who qualified and registered have been safe from deportation under the DACA program put into place by President Obama. (DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.)  DACA was enacted after a long campaign by young undocumented immigrants who called themselves “Dreamers” because they dared to dream of coming out of hiding and being able to attend college, hold jobs and live like other people in the U.S.

A recent poll showed that 76% of the country favors the continuation of DACA. It is now up to Congress to enact a law that allows the Dreamers to remain, and to do so before the end of the six-month delay in Trump’s termination of DACA.

Since yesterday’s announcement to end DACA, protesters have amassed in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Nashville, Louisville, Sacramento, and more cities. High school students walked out in Denver and elsewhere. Dreamers have begun hunger strikes. And this is certainly just the beginning.
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Against Left Economic Populism


by Brendan Cooney


The rise of Trumpism, and the global rise of proto-fascist movements, have triggered calls on the left for a renewed left politics which can offer an alternative to Trumpism and fascism. A common theme is the call for a new left economic populism, of which Bernie Sanders’ “Our Revolution” may be the one of the most prominent examples in the US. This new left economic populism is not all that new. It is a romantic populism that harkens back to the “glory” days of American prosperity in the post-war boom of the mid-20th century, when the US had a relatively robust welfare state, wages rose, policy makers saw a big place for the state in the maintenance of capitalist growth and regulation of class conflict, the state invested in big infrastructure projects, and the US had a strong manufacturing base which employed many people.

The new left economic populism calls for a redistributionist politics which aims to decrease income inequality through progressive taxation, higher minimum wages and generous social welfare programs. It often calls for the state to guarantee universal free health care. It calls for regulation of financial capital. And it calls for the state to jump-start economic growth through massive social spending programs, especially infrastructure spending that favors green design.

This essay critiques some of the assumptions behind this economic form of left populism. Left populism can take on other dimensions outside of this economic form, but this essay’s content is restricted to a discussion of left economic populism. Read More