Don’t Mourn, Organize

BY AARON BARLOW

One Flew East

We of progressive and humanitarian belief have been out-organized and out-maneuvered for half a century, now. The result? A slowly unfolding disaster, a regression from the hope and idealism that were the bedrocks of our country’s founding to a meager and grasping vision of ‘I’ve got mine; to hell with you.” The Enlightenment beliefs that guided the establishment of the United States have been effectively scuttled.

We can raise the ship back up and set it afloat once again, but that is going to take work and a willingness to put aside our personal agendas, something we on the left have been particularly unwilling to do.

I remember back in 2003, a protest in New York City against the looming Iraq war. There were plenty of people there, but each, it appeared, had brought along their own pet cause. There was no cohesion, no real sense of unity of purpose…

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2 thoughts on “Don’t Mourn, Organize

  1. I think the point where the left was defeated was when Sanders lost the nomination. I don’t consider Clinton on the “left”. Even though Sanders lost that race he still did very well so there have been some victories amid the setbacks.

  2. Trying with you, Aaron! Somehow we managed to survive both Reagan and George W as a country. We can hope that this is a temporary set-back as we strive to become a more humane and generous nation. In the meantime, we as academics can continue to try to assert AAUP principles and guidelines in our profession. (I can’t even speak those letters on my campus). Thanks for all your good work–don’t give up the fight. Those of us who voted Clinton/Sanders are coming back! We need to do that for all of our students around the country who are upset and in the streets.

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