Yes, the Left Should Talk to Trump Supporters

Emanuele, Vincent
Date Written:  2020-11-26
Publisher:  CounterPunch
Year Published:  2020
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX24333

If we're serious about defeating the dictatorship of capital and the horrors of U.S. empire, left-wing activists, writers, and organizers should be very clear: there is absolutely no way to avoid talking and organizing with Trump supporters. It's not easy, but in many contexts, it’s already happening.



If your version of political organizing looks like you and your friends working only with people who agree on virtually every issue, you're not organizing?-?what you’re doing is called activism. While it's true that activism and mobilization function as strategic components of any successful campaign or movement, it's equally true that the left has spent far too much time mobilizing people who already agree with us.

And it's not like we haven’t seen plenty of leftwing/progressive political mobilizations over the past 12 years: antiwar protests, Wisconsin, Occupy, Ferguson, Environmental direct action campaigns, immigrant rights campaigns, Standing Rock, Bernie 2016, MeToo, Parkland Kids, and the list goes on, and on. Yet, our electoral results keep getting worse and worse.

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