A Message of Hope and Alarm: 2022
Dear Portside Culture Reader,
The threat to the survival of our democracy is clear: a would-be dictator and a cultist political party. A revenge mythology. A rabid propaganda apparatus. A growing violent and racist extra-legal movement. They aim to eviscerate the house of democracy from within while assaulting it from without.
We’re sounding an alarm, but we are not alarmist. These times call for steadfastness, mobilization and vision, not panic. At Portside, we remain convinced that a truly multiracial, inclusive, radical democratic movement that has a vision beyond capitalism is the key to defeating the forces of reaction and racism and to moving forward.
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