The headline here is a bit muddled: It wasn't [Hillary's defeat] about economics, but half the paragraphs in John's remarks below describe how it was about economics
John Bachtell appears to be driving down the middle of disputes over responsibility for Clinton's defeat and Trump's Fascist Accession.
The disputes.take place in the usual Left wing ideological cul-de-sacs, where decades can be spent thrashing out each other in circles, but none are obliged to go get any votes, or conduct SCIENTIFIC-like experiments,research,or trials, that might settle a POLITICAL question.
Instead, one or another faction or former friend/comrade is served up as dinner to be devoured by adversaries and drummed out of one ethereal existence and cast into another no less impotent one.
"We don't run for office, or know anything about governing, but we are experts at why one won and another lost."
The last line is not John's style. And his modesty in expression is both rare and to be admired. But just that arrogance appears in numerous posts..
Nonetheless, the disputes over blaming Hillary, or Bernie, or Jill Stein, or "white workers", or lower than expected African American, Latino and Millennials turnouts, or voter suppression and "rigged" machines, or the Electoral College, they are driving the great "eat our own" tradition on the Left, and are themselves a reflection of the immense confusions and illusions that were pervasive throughout the Left. Most, if not all, are still in trauma, and falling all over each other terrified to confront the enormity of the errors and miscalculations we have made. All the posturing is now revealed as an infantile debility. We like orphans and strangers out of touch in our own land and people. We bear some responsibility for a defeat that can easily ignite another world war, a world of devastation and terror. The criticism of ones wrong positions by history must become the subject of self criticism. Only then can a measure of the error be made, and better judgement restored.
The best resolution of the disputes is found in confronting the challenges immediately ahead, such as:
- sparks off the DAPL struggle, if possible.
- National and State RTW and prevailing wage laws are about to cut the national union membership in half, effectively killing labor's remaining political strength.
- cutting health care and public education support is going to put tremendous pressure on cities and counties to cut many services, putting corresponding pressure on churches and volunteer community organization
- racist and fascist terror and provocations, including police aided killings, may pose SERIOUS threats to African American, Muslim, and immigrant families.
- First responder demands will grow, but resources will be threadbare.
The Left is small: But these challenges will arise in many if not most communities and impact nearly every aspect of social life and strife very close at hand. I predict each of these struggles will be for BOTH money and equality.
The worst direction for resolving disputes is to fall into making excuses for the inexcusable (opening the door to Fascism), or concluding that Trump was, and is, and will be unbeatable. There lies defeatism and ever more reasons to drink, if any more were needed.
It wasn't economic populism that undermined the Clinton campaign
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