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Beyond Trump: Disrupt, Defuse, Compete, by Tarso Ramos (Political Research Associates)

In this piece, Tarso Ramos calls on left and progressive movements to disrupt Trump through protests, but also to compete to win over sections of Trump's white working class base.

To defeat the current upsurge in right-wing populism, progressives will need to disrupt, defuse, and – critically – compete for portions of its constituency....

 

As Heather McGhee and Ian Haney-López have argued, “The progressive movement should expand from a vision of racism as violence done solely to people of color to include a conception of racism as a political weapon wielded by elites against the 99 percent, nonwhite and white alike.” Call it the love child of Black Lives Matter and Occupy. Let’s make it clear that racism is not a viable vehicle for economic advancement for the growing White precariat. Only a multi-racial movement of and for working people can accomplish that.

 

To compete, we’ll have to build it. We can start by flipping the script on race and the economy and agreeing that we need to contest for some of those currently drawn to snake oil solutions to their suffering.

- See more at: http://www.politicalresearch.org/2016/05/24/beyond-trump-disrupt-defuse-compete/#sthash.chrtxRq1.5Qke0ftU.dpuf

You can read the whole article here: http://www.politicalresearch.org/2016/05/24/beyond-trump-disrupt-defuse-compete/#sthash.chrtxRq1.5Qke0ftU.dpbs

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