These last nearly five years since the 2016 Democratic party primary have been a nightmare for anyone who endured childhood abuse and/or neglect – an incision that cuts across all demographics while disproportionately enveloping people already experiencing oppression because of race, gender, disability, and class. For those of us carrying these scars, the Trump years were horrifying beyond the material, symbolic, and rhetorical effects of his policies and public presence – they were a return to the dangerous households we barely escaped from. Fight, flight, freeze, or fawn, our cortisol-flooded nervous systems tried to protect us but there was no calm bay for us to park our ship so we just held on for dear life.Continue reading “Bernie Sanders: Patron Saint of Lost Children”
The smart money hit the canvas. The long shot got the nod. The yokel had simply stepped inside of his opponent’s sense of time.
[Ralph Ellison, The Invisible Man]
As I write this conclusion in the little bedroom of the Covid-safe friend pod, Trump and his followers are waging yet another war on reality, denying the legitimacy of Biden’s election victory. More than 100,000 cases of Covid-19 are reported every day in every part of the US. The 24 hour cable news cycle is reporting every absurd event, debating whether or theorizing how a Trump coup might unfold. The atmospheric dread is thick and orange, choking us with disbelief. The democratic experiment feels more like a failure than usual, especially as so many of us lacked faith in our institutions and that old promise of opportunity to begin with. Not many people believe that a Biden presidency is capable of bringing about the deep changes necessary to confront either the viral memetic infection of Trumpism or the contradictions of racial capitalism. Climate change looms heavy in our hearts too, even as we feel confident in Biden’s ability to bring actual science and scientists to the fore in our battle against Covid-19. Where do we go next? How do those of us that believe in truth, justice, and democracy orient ourselves in the proximate and distant unknowns? What are our weapons and tools of resistance? Who is our opponent?Continue reading “we need radical self-love for this fight”