Thursday, May 11, 2017

"Might Be the Clearest Voice on What This Moment Means"

"Similarly, in a 2015 open letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Foner urged the presidential candidate to stop referring to Denmark as the inspiration for his democratic socialism and instead give credit to the United States’ own 'radical forebears'—abolitionists, suffragettes, populists, Eugene V. Debs, the makers of the New Deal and the Great Society—and their fight for economic equality and social justice. These were uniquely American battles, grounded in uniquely American values.
"Today, when we find ourselves in the hands of the most dangerously authoritarian and corrupt president in memory, it is this radical history that we are once again called upon to retrieve."

Katrina vanden Heuvel in The Washington Post promotes historian Eric Foner in the era of Trump.

And Jesse A. Myerson at The Nation cautions against class condescension among Trump opponents.

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