It’s safe to say that 2016 has not been a good year for progressives. With Trump’s election, Brexit, the rise of populist political parties in Europe, the rise of fake news and a series of tragic racially motivated police shootings, many progressives have lost faith in humanity. But there is hope on the horizon. Governments and forward-thinking tech companies are starting to crack down on hate speech and fake news, which promises to give progressives the upper hand once again in 2017. Global governing institutions such as the UN are also starting to take proactive steps towards solving global issues such as climate change without the consent of America’s flyover states. But as the right becomes increasingly emboldened and aggressive, progressives need to step up their game in 2017 in order to fight back and advance their social justice causes.
Every progressive needs to commit to the following new year’s resolutions in order to take the fight for social justice to the next level. We are no longer dealing with the same adversaries that were so easily beaten with adjectives and shaming during the Bush years. The right now has Trump and Putin on their side, and a powerful fake news media that relentlessly smears progressives and proponents of social justice. We need to make sure that this new monster is met with equal resistance, and the following resolutions will help us achieve that.
New Year’s Resolutions For Progressives
Scrutinize Trump’s Every Move
Progressives and the accredited media need to criticize Trump’s every policy decision, his every public statement and his every tweet. The only way to make the public understand how truly horrible Trump is, is to unleash a barrage of hate and negative reporting against him. The negative coverage of Trump during 2016, as vicious as it was, simply wasn’t sufficient to stop him. We need to take negative reporting of Trump to a whole new level in 2017.
Shame And Target Trump Supporters
Trump supporters are directly responsible for the racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamaphobia and transphobia that is currently engulfing the world. There need to be consequences for this bigotry, and progressives need to do everything in their power to hold them accountable, from denying them service to publicly shaming them, just like Ivanka Trump was courageously shamed recently on board an airliner.
Encourage Civil Disobedience
Martin Luther King famously justified civil disobedience as a last resort to a government that simply won’t enforce morality. We need to reach out to vicitmized groups such as the African American, Hispanic American, Muslim American, Asian American and Jewish American communities, and rally them against the right. If their demands are not met, the protests and riots will simply intensify, until their voices are heard.
Ban Fake News
Fake news was largely responsible for the election of Trump, Brexit and the rise of right wing populist political parties in Europe. Fake news works by taking small insignificant facts and then twisting them into sensationalist headlines that scare perpetually paranoid right wingers and gullible young people into supporting fringe extremist causes. Sometimes the fake news media simply fabricates stories entirely, as we saw with the Wikileaks emails and Sheriff Arpaio’s case against Obama’s birth certificate. Fake news is an existential threat to global progress, and we as progressives need to do everything we can to get it banned, including accelerating the handover of the DNS to the UN.
Expand The Scope of Global Governing Institutions
Now that global politics is officially run by the alt right and the Russian mafia, progressives need to seek out alternative means of achieving their political ambitions. The most promising avenue appears to be to encourage global governing institutions to appropriate US sovereignty and pursue policy on a global level, above the nation states. Some issues such as climate change are clearly global, and can only be solved by global institutions. The UN needs to start acting more like a government, and start using their army to enforce new laws. China is also a powerful force for progress, and their army could be effectively used to overpower the interests of the Trump administration and other enemies of progress.
If every progressive focuses on these resolutions, the right will have one helluva fight on its hands. The right may have succeeded to some extent in gaining political power and influence through the media, but radical activists have always found a way to subvert their efforts. Let’s make 2017 the year when the left does what it does best – disrupt, destroy and subvert capitalism and exploitation. From the rubble, we will build a truly egalitarian society which serves the needs of victimized groups, and makes privileged exploiters pay and suffer for eternity.