You would think that with authoritarian plutocrat-corrupted bigoted populists winning elections in Brazil, in the US, in Russia, in Europe, in the Philippines, wherever, you would think progressives would be doing deep thinking as to why this is happening.
You would think they would be doing some deep analysis about why progressives world wide are a strategic new-idea-lite vacuum in failing to oppose this “populist” trend with real alternatives. You would think progressives would be burning the mid-night oil, in libraries, out talking to the people, thinking new deep thoughts, trying new ideas, learning from history, experimenting, grappling with systemic insights as to what causes what, and starting the project to take back economics from the free market fundamentalists: the root cause of our present nightmare.
You would think they would be getting ready for the Trump Slump and the failure of said populists and their blame everyone, but themselves, excuses. You would think progressives by now ten years after 2008, would have a cogent narrative: this is what causes slumps, this is the role of debt, of inequality and of the plutocracy, its capture of government, in causing the impending return to the 1930s.
These are the ways to head this off and these are the future solutions to avoid this, and this is the path to good productive decent paying value add jobs for all…..and this is the grounded in reality and equally provided education needed to support this. You would think that…..
See any sign of this? Me neither.