On how Democrats should change the fiscal policy


“Republicans have made clear time and time again that they don’t care about the deficit. And Democrats shouldn’t either. Rather than fixating on the GOP’s shaky math, Democrats should highlight the cruelty of shoveling money to the rich at a time when inequality is soaring and millions languish in poverty ”

Josh Mound, ‘The Democrats Are Eisenhower Republicans’, Jacobin Magazine


On why the judiciary isn’t the antidote to Trumpism


“ …since Trump’s election, and before that, liberals have seen the Constitution as the greatest weapon against the hard right. But long after Trump is gone, the hard right will be relying upon the judiciary — and behind that, the Constitution — to protect their gains. As was true of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Right will depend upon unelected judges interpreting the law, in defiance of the popular will. The very thing, in other words, that liberals think is the antidote to Trumpism — the Constitution — will turn out to be its long-term preservative, the elixir of life ”

Corey Robin, ‘Control the Supreme Court, Control the Republican Party’, Jacobin Magazine

On what should happen to make Trump’s impeachment viable


“ Republicans waited eight years for Barack Obama to disappear and aren’t ready to make war with one of their own, despite what people like John McCain may intimate. If polls show Republican voters are fleeing Trump en masse, House Republicans may stand up and move against a president who devolves into a true albatross. If this happens, even the most sycophantic of news outlets could decide Trump isn’t worth the effort of defending. Then, and only then, will impeachment from a Republican Congress become viable. The impeachment process is ultimately political. A majority of the House and two-thirds of the Senate are needed for a conviction. The rule of law only means so much. This, more than anything else, may be Trump’s saving grace ”

Ross Barkan, ‘The liberal punditocracy thinks Donald Trump is toast. Not so fast’, The Guardian

On the importance of freedom of press to counter authoritarian powers


“ America’s founding fathers were deathly afraid of centralized, absolute power. This is why the government they structured had three equal branches, and plenty of checks and balances. And the first amendment is first for a reason. Freedom of the press is guaranteed because the founders envisaged the press as a bulwark against absolute power. This goes to the heart of who we are, and what we might become (…) Reporters have a key role. With Republicans controlling the legislative branch and with the supreme court leaning rightward, the free press must be the check on power the founders envisioned ”

Jill Abramson, ‘Trump is a president gripped by delusions of absolute power’, The Guardian

On the Democratic Party’s shallowness


“ Supposedly the party of incremental progress, they seem to view each increment as the final end state of civilization and history. America Is Already Great, and all that. In order to sell progress as incremental, a series of steps in a journey of miles, there must be some destination in mind, a vision of a truly better society, an ideal. But the Democrats don’t have ideals; they just need you to be scared of Republicans (…) Liberals accuse the GOP of forgetting about people, of sacrificing public good to the cruel idols of their idées fixes, but it’s the ostensibly liberal party that is actually abstracted from the human mass; it’s Nancy Pelosi for whom this whole thing is just a career ”

Jacob Bacharach, ‘The Democratic Party Is a Ghost’, Jacobin Magazine

On how the Left must reach out to Trump disillusioned voters


“ Combatting the GOP’s attempts to deny poor people health care will require reaching out to some disillusioned Trump voters, not sanctimoniously spurning them. To do otherwise would be to play into Republicans’ hands, strengthening efforts to make the health care system even more regressive than it already is, while leaving unchallenged conservative rhetoric about wasteful government and Trump’s used-car-commercial-sounding promises of health care that is ‘so much better and so much cheaper ”

Clio Chang, ‘Ending the Empathy Gap’, Jacobin Magazine

On the futile Democratic Party’s resistance to President Trump


” Hillary should have done more than just beat Trump – she should have destroyed him. He was one of the worst Republican candidates in decades. He was and remains unpopular. Yet Hillary stood for and campaigned for nothing but fear; her primary selling point was ‘I’m not the other one’ (…) Our unwillingness to admit our own weakness is the flip side of not having a clear set of principles that can serve as the basis for a mass movement. Instead, we give ourselves the appearance of unity and purpose by resisting evil and by taking our collective ‘No’ out into the streets. We find comfort in knowing that we are not them, that at least we are doing something ”

Alex Gourevitch, ‘Beyond Resistance’, Jacobin Magazine