Fantastic news from the US on elections – not just Democrats winning but candidates running as Democratic Socialists. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/07/virginia-governor-race-results-ralph-northam
It is impressive stuff and great news.
The bad news is that victories for the left are guaranteed to see a reaction from the right. The more threatened the powerful elites and vested interests feel the more aggressive the push back will be.
Three interrelated elements to that push back to watch out for and be ready for. Each of them are easier to deploy for those acting in bad faith but they are each two edged swords.
Change the subject, change the subject, make people look elsewhere. The good news is this works less well for those in control of the government. A government would prefer dull news cycles within which it can project a message of success. However, the ruling party in the US has no message of success to project.
The bad news is that one form distraction can take is with fear and war mongering. As Trump finds himself in greater distress the danger of war increases.
Always easier for the Right because they value ‘individualism’ so much that they are far more likely to follow what their leaders tell them to do than the supposedly ‘collectivist’ left. The right wing media will seek to exploit and amplify division among the left. In this regard, the appearance of people acting to the left of the Democrats more independently may reduce the effectiveness of this by reducing tensions within the Democrats.
Meanwhile, the sheer incompetence and failing alliances of the current Republican party may result in them having to spend more of the energy on uncharacteristic divisions.
Lies, propaganda and fake news will only intensify and will be major tools that feed into the attempts to distract and divide people.
Fox News is still there. The Koch brothers and the Mercers still have deep pockets and the ‘mainstream’ media will still indulge in false balance and ‘both-sides’ narratives.