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Jeff Cohen, Common Dreams, November 17, 2020
Joe Biden at an October 2020 Town Hall on ABC

One of the keys to Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump was his constant and accurate accusation that Trump “refuses to follow the science” on COVID-19—that “he won't listen to the scientists.”

Mateo Nube, Medium, November 4, 2020
Mateo Nube at age 7

As a kid, I lived through multiple military coups. All told, over a decade of my childhood in Bolivia was spent under dictatorship / military rule. It was often frightening, as a child, to be surrounded by a relatively constant hum of gun-toting soldiers, surveillance, armored tanks, and state violence.

Joshua Cho, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, October 22, 2020
Yes We Can Ban Fracking poster

In last week’s vice presidential debate between Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence, Harris reiterated Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s rejection of a fracking ban, despite her earlier call for one when she was a presidential candidate (CBS News, 10/7/20):

“I will repeat, and the American people know, that Joe Biden will not ban fracking. That is a fact,” Harris said.

Jeremy Brecher, Labor Network for Sustainability, October 21, 2020
Trump for Prison Sign

Donald Trump, desperately behind in the polls, appears to be laying the groundwork for illegally attempting to remain in office if he loses the election. A previous commentary, “Social Self-Defense Against the Impending Trump Coup” laid out a strategy for popular resistance to such a usurpation of democratic government. This commentary focuses in on the role of workers – union and nonunion – in resisting a Trump Coup.

System Change Not Climate Change, YouTube, September 27, 2020
Cooperation Jackson logo.

To survive, we must swiftly transition to ecosocialism. But how do we do that?

Carol Dansereau, System Change Not Climate Change, September 25, 2020
Obama Awards Biden Medal of Freedom

We need to build a strike-capable mass movement that unites diverse groups behind powerful demands for system change.  This is the only way to reverse course on climate destruction and intertwined crises.  There is no time to waste.

This means we need to:

  1. Devote time, energy and money to building that movement, and
  2. Think through how our actions shape people’s understandings and their willingness to join such a movement.

On both these fronts, urging people to vote for Joe Biden and the Democrats undermines the work we need to be doing. 

Ted Franklin, System Change Not Climate Change, September 4, 2020
Bidem and Trump Head Shots

Joe Biden’s political resume is a catalog of reasons we on the Left condemn the Democratic Party as one of the “two right wings” of the single party of capital.


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