Seventy-five years ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, calling on the Congress to declare war on Japan in response to its attack at Pearl Harbor, called December 7, 1941 a “date that will live in infamy.” Not since then have the democratic practices, traditions, and institutions of this country been in such danger as they are today, when a despicable man will assume the powers of the office of President. I beg of you all not to post heated comments about the inadequacies, the failings, the hypocrisies and betrayals of American democracy. I am well aware of them, and have been speaking publicly about them since before many of you were born. Nor do I need to be reminded that I am, as I declare on this blog, an anarchist. But I am a socialist as well, and my conception of socialism is of a genuinely democratic polity regulated by shared norms of humane behavior and a respect for the rule of law. Our only realistic chance of transforming this large, rich, powerful, deeply flawed country is to strengthen those practices and traditions of democracy and use them to change the social relations of production. Failing that, we must use the institutions as they have been given to us and as we can improve them to protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us. Donald Trump holds these traditions and practices in contempt and he will do everything he can to undermine them, violate them, mock them, and destroy them.
We must not allow him to succeed.