Episode 56: Jacobin’s “Autopsy Report”: We Could Have Told Them So (and We Did)
The anti-neoliberal “left” has long argued that it can win over much of Trump’s white-nationalist base by offering economic populism and social-democratic programs. Yet in a new analysis, reminiscent of the 2013 Republican “autopsy report,” Jacobin magazine reveals survey results that found “no evidence at all that people wanted democratic Socialists or their policies” and little evidence that campaigns like that of Bernie Sanders can energize “working-class non-voters.”
In this special Thanksgiving/Hanukkah episode of RFH, Brendan and Andrew wonder whether the Jacobinites will choose to ignore their own advice. The co-hosts think it is too little, too late in any case. They also say “we could have told them so” and “we have told them so.” They then support this last contention with encore presentations of excerpts from RFH episodes of the past two years. The excerpts deal with the motivations of Trump’s base and whether its support for Trump is a revolt against neoliberalism; the implosion of the Sanders campaign; the Black Lives Matter uprising’s repudiation of Jacobin’s color-blind populism; and why the anti-neoliberal “left” has difficulty learning from its mistakes.
(Owing to the nature of this special ep., it contains no distinct current-events segment. Links to source material discussed in the encore excerpts can be found in the text descriptions of the episodes from which the excerpts are drawn.)
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