Resistance to Trumpism

Trump, Le Pen, Neoliberalism: Mea Culpa from a Far-Left Sanders Supporter

by Prestyr John

Mea Culpa: I have been following Andrew Kliman’s frequent warnings that Trumpism—and now, the possible victory of Marine Le Pen and her National Front in the French elections—pose a far more serious danger than neoliberalism does. I tried for a long time to disprove this in my own head. I didn’t want it to be right, because it’s just hard to admit that what I’ve been arguing and working for during the past year and a half is just not working out.

In fact it was just plain wrong. Read More

No Normalization of or Collaboration with Trumpism: An Open Letter to Platypus

by Andrew Kliman

To the Platypus Affiliated Society:

I decline your invitation to participate in a Left Forum panel on “Marxism in the Age of Trump,” for two reasons.

First, you write,

We ask the panelists to consider the following questions: …

Why has Trump incited such hysteria on the Left? How do we make sense of this phenomenon?

What would it mean to oppose Trump from the Left?

These questions make clear that the panel is designed to ridicule and disparage the anti-Trump Resistance, which I support and am part of. The fear of Trumpism experienced by tens of millions of immigrants, Muslims, Blacks, women, leftists, and others is completely legitimate, not hysterical.
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Marches for Science turn Earth Day into Truth Day

by Anne Jaclard and friends

April 22 was Earth Day, an annual event since the start of the ecology movement in 1970.  In past years, while sounding the alarm about global warming and other human-created threats to life on earth, Earth Day demonstrations were not aimed primarily at the political party in power.

This year was different. At some 150 “Marches for Science” across the US, the day was all about opposing Trump: (1) his reducing funding for government services including the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Health, and reducing funding for scientific research and for education, and (2) his debasement of the concepts of truth and evidence-based knowledge. The latter is what made these Marches unique—who ever before saw hundreds of thousands of people turn-out to demand that truth be respected and employed?
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