As Trump’s Attempts to Undo Election Fail, Fears of “Coup” Prove Unfounded

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As Trump’s Attempts to Undo Election Fail, Fears of “Coup” Prove Unfounded

(Erin Schaff/The New York Times)

“Georgia and Michigan Deliver Blows to Trump’s Efforts to Undo the Election”

“Business and World Leaders Move On As Trump Fights to Reverse Election”

–New York Times online headline, 20 November 2020

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Donald Trump’s plans to overturn the 2020 election results hit a huge barrier today as legislators in Georgia and Michigan affirmed that they would designate Joe Biden’s electors as the official representatives to the Electoral College.

On Green and Red Podcast and elsewhere, Scott Parkin and Bob Buzzanco have been discussing this issue frequently over the past two months and, contrary to most media analyses, have made it clear that Trump was not going to stage a “coup” or otherwise remain in office. Continue reading “As Trump’s Attempts to Undo Election Fail, Fears of “Coup” Prove Unfounded”

Ruling Class 101 and the Coup That Wasn’t

We’re not ones to subscribe to popular world views, even those held on  the left. So, in our latest episode, Green and Red dive deep into the  history and politics of the American Ruling Class, coups at other points  in history,  and the great coup of 2020 (that wasn’t).

Listen here: https://bit.ly/RulingClassGandR

We start off with a conversation about what is a coup and not a coup. We  talk about coups in places like Indonesia in 1965, Chile in 1973, and  in other points of history; and how the end of the Trump regime has yet to constitute what is considered “coup.”     Continue reading “Ruling Class 101 and the Coup That Wasn’t”

Is Your Outrage Pure?

cross-posted from Afflict the Comfortable

by Prof. Bob Buzzanco

Planned Election Protests Shouldn’t Have Been Postponed

First, there’s not going to be a “coup” or any other type of stolen election.  The hysterics surrounding this issue have frankly become embarrassing on the Left.  No reason to go into the particulars here (though I did in a lengthy piece a few weeks ago), but it’s not going to happen.  Trump won’t be president after January 20th, 2021.

But coup-or-no-coup is a pretty weak line on gauging political success. The standard for Pass/Fail shouldn’t be the worst possible outcome—the actual theft of government power.  The way some people are sizing this up, anything short of tanks rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue flying Confederate flags with the Proud Boys and Q him- or her-self leading the attack with Kid Rock providing the marching music would be a victory. Continue reading “Is Your Outrage Pure?”

The Big Five-Oh Pt 2. “Where Does the Left Go From Here?”

Our fiftieth episode was such a BFD, that we made it a two parter.

Listen here: https://apple.co/3krciyK

In part two, we get into the aftermath of the election and discuss where do we go from here when 70 million Americans voted for the racist and right-wing policies of Donald Trump, the Democrats’ “Misleadership Class” that continues to fail masses of people, the Coup That Wasn’t and how grassroots organizers saved the day.

Continue reading “The Big Five-Oh Pt 2. “Where Does the Left Go From Here?””

The Big Five-Oh Pt 1. Plus “Where Does the Left Go From Here?”

Bob and Scott celebrate the 50th episode of the Green and Red Podcast. They discuss past episodes, themes of the show like liberal reformist politics, people-powered organizing and an autonomous left.

Listen: https://bit.ly/BigFiveOhGandR Continue reading “The Big Five-Oh Pt 1. Plus “Where Does the Left Go From Here?””

Election 2020. Fighting Like Your Life Depends on It (Because It Does)

In our #ElectionDay2020 special episode, Bob  and Scott share their thoughts on next Tuesday’s election, liberal freakouts, Trump’s politics, and organizing no matter what.

Continue reading “Election 2020. Fighting Like Your Life Depends on It (Because It Does)”

Is Trump a Fascist? Will there be a Coup?

cross-Posted from Afflict the Comfortable

by Prof. Bob Buzzanco

Does it matter what we call Trump? Does the Left need to to chill out?

Some years ago, Randy Newman sang “the end of an empire . . . is messy at best,” and American society is now in a mess that Winston Wolfe couldn’t clean up.  No one has to ignore the long sordid corporate liberal record of Joe Biden or the Wall Street/Prosecutor career of Kamala Harris to understand that Donald Trump has to be deposed by whatever means necessary and if the tactic of voting does that, there’s no reason to knock it.

But it’s also a time for thinking rationally and coldly, not being hysterical and panicking, and there’s a lot of that on the Left these days.

Trump’s scary and dangerous, absolutely.  Though he’s not as abnormal as a lot of Leftists and especially Liberals insist  (think of Nixon and Reagan and Bush, not to mention Clinton and Obama), he’s openly, crudely, vulgarly, maniacally, and virulently presenting a challenge at home of a greater magnitude than we’ve seen probably since the 1960s.  While logically building on the neo-liberal and inhumane programs of his predecessors, he’s topped them off with a dismissal of a public health crisis that’s killed over 200,000 and is openly inciting white supremacist violence from Portland to Michigan. Continue reading “Is Trump a Fascist? Will there be a Coup?”