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Post-Trump Teach-In, Week Four: The Critical Archive, So Far

Here are some of the articles and essays I have bookmarked as essential reading as we move forward. Please add your own suggestions. Discussion, as always, to follow in the comments.

Katherine Franke, “Making White Supremacy Respectable, Again,” LARB.

Toni Morrison, “Making America White Again,” The New Yorker.

Robin D.G. Kelley, “After Trump,” Boston Review.

Mike Davis, “Not A Revolution––Yet.”

Aaron Benanav, “It’s Not About NAFTA,” Verso.

Tressie McMillan Cottom, “Finding Hope In A Loveless Place.”

Mike Konczal, “Learning From Trump In Retrospect.”

7 Thoughts on this Post

  1. I enjoyed Runciman’s article in the London Review of Books, as well as Acuña’s radical critique of the Democratic Party and the mainstream media, from a Latinx perspective. Again in 2016 we saw the deeply problematic trope of the Sleeping Giant emerge again…as if Latinxs represented a homogeneous whole, sigh.

    David Runciman, “Is this How Democracy Ends?”
    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v38/n23/david-runciman/is-this-how-democracy-ends

    Rodolfo F. Acuña, “Latinos and the Fracturing Democratic Coalition”
    http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/2957-latinos-and-the-fracturing-democratic-coalition

  2. Should add these.

    Corey Robin, “Against the Politics of Fear,” Jacobin. An aria against “operatic” fear-mongering on the left. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/12/against-politics-fear-trump-republicans-organizing-change/

    David Greenberg, “An intellectual History of Trumpism, Politico. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/12/trumpism-intellectual-history-populism-paleoconservatives-214518

    Could not discern any intellectual history, here.

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