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Will the “Alt-Right” Hijack the Antiwar Movement?

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Shamus Cooke

Millions marched against Trump for fear he’d cause devastation at home and abroad. This resistance movement still remains a powerful social force, and recently one of the movement’s biggest fears — a new war — was fully realized when Trump bombed the Syrian government and expanded the Middle East wars, at a time of immense […]

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Inauguration Day and Beyond

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Shamus Cooke

January 20th is set to be a historic day. It’s likely to be the biggest inauguration protest in world history, where millions of people will challenge the Trump regime in the streets. The following day will also be a national day of protest, where women’s marches are scheduled across the country. The Washington D.C. women’s march is expected […]

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Urgent Next Steps in the Anti-Trump Movement

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Shamus Cooke

Trump’s presidency takes gruesome shape with every vile appointee. Each choice signals an intent to follow through with sinister campaign promises, threatening every demographic of working people. His appointments are a hodgepodge of the right-wing fringe, the “loyalists” who endorsed Trump early because they had nothing to lose: their extremist, unhinged views made them irrelevant wing-nuts […]

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Can a Mass Movement Seize This Anti-Trump Moment?

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Shamus Cooke

Change is in the air. Millions of people in the U.S. woke up to the living nightmare of a Trump presidency. The threat and shock posed by Trump jolted hundreds of thousands off their couch and into the street. People of all ages now want to “do something,” joining protests nationwide that the Washington Post […]

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Can the Left Survive a Trump Presidency?

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Shamus Cooke

It’s easy to overestimate an adversary. Especially a billionaire who says scary, racist things. The disbelief triggered by Donald Trump’s candidacy exposed a mass crisis of confidence in the establishment, whose policies alienated the electorate, creating a Trump-sized political void. Trump seems strong because the establishment is so weak, and hated. Trump himself is a decades-old […]

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Who’s Scarier: Scott Walker or ‘Jihadi John’?

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Shamus Cooke

When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker compared labor unions to ISIS, his audience cheered. At the end of the speech he got a standing ovation. His wealthy audience hated labor unions that much. In fact, the 1% despises unions much more than they hate ISIS. Islamic extremists in the Syrian desert pose no threat to anyone […]

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Why Are Corporate Groups Funding the Tea Party?

Shamus Cooke

Rank and file Tea Partiers are, politically speaking, lost at sea in the dead of night, looking for the light of common principles. On land, those manning right-wing lighthouses are broadcasting ideas loaded with hidden motives into this ocean of conservative public opinion. What the Tea Party will become is presently unknown; but those with […]

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How Liberals Strengthen the Right Wing

Shamus Cooke

The Democrats look around blindly, after losing their long-held Senate seat in Massachusetts, and with it their Senate super-majority. They wrongly blame the voters, or their “populist” opponent, but rarely themselves. The Democrats’ claim to be “shocked,” but this scenario is now too familiar in the U.S. two-party system — that corporate-owned game of political […]

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Anti-Tax Protests: Not Just for the Right Wing

Shamus Cooke

On tax day, April 15th, “Anti-tax” protests were held all over the nation, with some success. Thousands of people showed up in certain cities to vent their frustration with what was supposed to be a protest against taxation in general. The outcome was quite different. If one looked at the signs that were carried by […]

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The Danger of Right-Wing Populism

Shamus Cooke

A strange trend is appearing in the political realm of the Left. Self-proclaimed political conservatives — many current or former members of the Republican Party — are being given considerable room in Left publications, for example in Counterpunch and BuzzFlash. At first it seemed accidental, with only sporadic occurrences. Now these “renegade” right-wingers enjoy ample room in spaces […]

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