David Broder, now a member of the editorial board of Historical Materialism, contibruted the Global Commune* events organised in Edinburgh by the RCN in 2010. David now lives in Italy and has written the following article about how socialists should relate to Trump, after the dismal experience of the Left’s response in Italy to the rise and fall of Silvio Berlusconi. We would like to thank David and Bhaskar Sunkhara, editor of the US magazine, Jacobin, for permission to post this article, which is can also be found in the current issue 24 of Jacobin.
BEING ANTI-TRUMP ISN’T ENOUGH
Just months after the left seemed poised for a historic breakthrough, a shock national vote brought a dangerous reactionary to power. Smashing open the old party of the Right, the billionaire tycoon’s populism surfed a wave of anger against the corrupt elite that had long controlled the political center. Making government the stage for a permanent public performance, this curiously wealthy popular champion radically reshaped the country’s political life.
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