Something of a firestorm has broken out in the comments section of this normally staid blog. The reason, I think, is that we are all so distressed by the choices we are being presented with in this election year. Let me say just a word to explain why I shall do whatever I can to secure Clinton's election over Trump.
I am genuinely frightened that Trump is a fascist whose election could destroy what remains of American democracy. I am old enough to remember 20th century fascism, and there is nothing that Clinton would do that compares with it. I do not need a lecture on all the reasons to be dismayed by her, I really do not. But just recall what Germany and Italy looked like eighty years ago.
Any hope we have of creating and strengthening a genuinely progressive political movement in this country -- never mind socialism for the moment -- depends fundamentally on the availability of the possibilities offered by electoral politics. If you are having fantasies of "revolution," forget them. None of the objective conditions required for a revolutionary moment are present [and they were not present in the fabled Sixties either.]
Our best hope -- our only hope -- is to elect Clinton while also building on Bernie's successes to create a standing working-class movement, by an endless supply of small donations, so that we can elect countless local, state, and federal representatives in states all over the country. That is possible. It really is. I have been astonished by Sanders' success. I never would have predicted it.
Get a grip, folks.