Wednesday, December 22, 2004

A Left Take on the Election

SoCal social historian and theorist Mike Davis offers his take on 11-2 in the current issue of Socialist Review:

The real Achilles' heel of the Democrats, in other words, is the economy, not morality. The biggest 'wedge issue' in the coal and steel valleys is industrial decline, not the threat of gay monogamy. With union halls shut down and the independent press extinct, it is not surprising that they search for answers in their churches or from demagogues on the radio, or that they equate the decay of employment security with the decay of 'family values'.

Before they emigrate to Toronto or bunker down in their ivory towers, American liberals should reflect long and hard on the historical circumstances that have turned yesterday's working class heroes into today's barbarians at the gate.

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