Transformative Organizing in the Age of Trump

By Eric Mann

I begin with my punchline—the road to defeating Donald Trump is to confront the treachery of the Democratic Party, including that of President Obama and Hillary Clinton—that created the conditions for his election. It is the Democrats who will try to coopt any protest movements into a cynical plan for their hoped-for election in 2020. The road to Trump will be paved with good intentions unless we confront the Democrats on their racism, xenophobia, militarism, climate catastrophe, and their corporate control of every major city in the US. It is the Democrats who are leading the charge against Black people in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and every urban center, as Black folks are being driven from their communities into a dispersed, occupied, and subjugated people in direct violation of UN statutes on genocide. As many pro-Democratic “public intellectuals” coopt and trivialize the great International Workers of the World revolutionary Joe Hill—“Don’t Mourn, Organize”—I have to ask the question, “Organize for what? What is your strategy and what are you fighting for?” I think the answer to any social justice, let alone social revolutionary strategy, will involve a two-pronged battle against the Democrats and the Republicans, the Clintons and the Obamas, the Trumps and the Bushes, if we have any chance at sanity, integrity, and victory.


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