Resisting Trumpist Reaction (and Left Accommodation): Marxist-Humanist Initiative’s Perspectives for 2018

 
As nuclear war clouds loomed, and concerns over Donald Trump’s emotional stability mounted, members and supporters of Marxist-Humanist Initiative (MHI) met to discuss and adopt our new Perspectives thesis, Resisting Trumpist Reaction (and Left Accommodation): Marxist-Humanist Initiative’s Perspectives for 2018. This 30,000-word document provides our analysis of and response to: Trumpism and leftist accommodation to it; the Resistance; left-populist economics; “post-truth” politics; white nationalism; and individual responsibility for the collective development of Marxist-Humanism. The membership of MHI adopted these Perspectives on December 10, 2017.

To read and download the several parts of the Perspectives thesis, click on the “pdf” icons below. (If you would like to obtain the whole Perspectives thesis in a single PDF file, please write to us at mhi@marxisthumanistinitiative.org .)

We encourage everyone to share these Perspectives widely and to discuss them with colleagues, friends, family–and with us. Beating back and transcending the latest wave of reaction requires wide and deep discussion among everyone fighting to protect existing freedoms and to continue the struggle until we achieve full freedom for all human beings. If you share these aims, please seriously consider joining MHI and working with us in the critical battles ahead.

 

RESISTING TRUMPIST REACTION (AND LEFT ACCOMMODATION):
MARXIST-HUMANIST INITIATIVE’S PERSPECTIVES FOR 2018

 

Part I
TRUMPISM IN POWER, AIDED BY THE SOFT-ON-TRUMP LEFT, THREATENS LIFE AND LIBERTY

  • What Trump Has Already Accomplished
  • “F––ing Moron,” “Heading Towards World War III”
  • Blatantly Racist, Deliberate Neglect of Puerto Rico
  • The Republican Party Will Not Stop Trump
  • Trump’s Threat to Liberal Democracy
  • Varieties of “Leftist” Accommodation to Trumpism, and the Marxist-Humanist Alternative

 

Part II
THE RESISTANCE: A PERMANENT STATE OF REVOLT AGAINST TRUMPISM

  • Leading Edge of the Resistance Also Challenges the Democratic Party
  • Saving Health Care
  • The Struggle Against Racism and White Supremacy
  • Women’s Movements in the Forefront
  • New and Old Organizations Flourish
  • New Developments

 

Part III
ECONOMIC MYTHOLOGY OF LEFT-POPULIST ALTERNATIVES TO NEOLIBERALISM

  • The Mythology of the Populist Left
  • Neoliberalism as a Political Project
  • Ford’s $5 Day
  • Ideal Deal
  • Off-shoring as the Big Job Killer
  • Social Democracy is Left Politics
  • Political Implications
  • Fighting for Concessions vs. Claiming to Solve Capital’s Contradictions
  • Voting vs. Supporting
  • Fighting Neoliberalism vs. Fighting Capitalism––including Proto- and Neo-Fascism
  • Economic Populism is Not the Only Form of Left Politics
  • Ideas are Important

 

Part IV
COMBATTING “POST-TRUTH POLITICS,” IN PRACTICE AND IN THEORY

  • The Vital Importance of the Fight for Truth and Reason
  • Dialectical Reason as Counterweight to Post-Truth Epistemology
  • Marxist-Humanist Philosophy and Organization vs. Unmediated “Knowledge”
  • Transcending the Limitations of Enlightenment Rationality and Capitalism

 

Part V
COMBATTING WHITE NATIONALISM: LESSONS FROM MARX

  • Trumpism: A Pre-Existing Condition
  • The Anti-Neoliberal “Left” Narrative
  • Middle-Class Income Stagnation?
  • Why Votes of Non-College Whites Flipped to Trump
  • Trumpism is Wallace-ism Redux
  • Lessons from Marx
  • Taking the “Independent Movement of the Workers” Seriously—and Literally
  • Marx on Irish Independence
  • Accelerating the “catastrophe of official England”
  • English workers’ “own social emancipation”
  • Irish immigration and xenophobia
  • Freeing English workers from the “leading-strings” of the ruling classes
  • The Impact of the US Civil War on Emancipatory Working-Class Self-Activity
  • Grounds of Marx’s anti-slavery activity
  • Conclusion

 

Part VI
INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE COLLECTIVE DEVELOPMENT OF MARXIST-HUMANISM

  • Selected Tasks of Marxist-Humanist Initiative in the Coming Year

 

 

1 Comment

  1. This is an excellent introduction to one aspect of Marxist-Humanism for 2018 – the democratic and collective development of ideas is something sorely lacking on the Left, who are very used to listening out for the received wisdom of the next Big Guru. It is the only this way which contains the seeds of the democratic reorganisation of society; if we cannot trust ordinary people in the process of developing the ideas in the here and now needed for a post-capitalist society, then who can we trust – “experts”? Only people who are experts at the conditions of their own lives will be able to make the collective leap towards the future.

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