The presidency of Donald Trump has reached a critical period. He has been in office for just over six months, and has been unrelenting in his attacks on the media, on the legacy of Barack Obama, and on America’s democratic foundations. He has also been trying desperately to quash the investigation into collusion between members of his campaign and Russian officials during the presidential race in 2016.
However, Republican lawmakers seem unwilling even to look for evidence of wrongdoing, and are happy to go along with Trump if they get to implement their agenda. It’s as if they refuse to even look for evidence of a fire because there’s too much smoke.
What can any of us do to resist Trump and his toxic agenda? Thankfully, many people have already asked this question and have created useful resources for the rest of us to utilize. We’ve compiled a list of some of these resources on this page, and intend to expand this list over the next few weeks.
The Resistance Manual is one of the best general resources out there. It has a ton of useful information on the Trump / GOP policy agenda, general political issues, elections, and what you can do about it. The Crisis Resources may be particularly useful in the not-too-distant future, and there is plenty of information about how to resist Trump in your state. Much of this information is from OurStates, which seems to be by the same group of people.
Another guide on how to resist is the Indivisible Guide. The authors base their arguments on research into the Tea Party, but emphasize that they believe in mounting a “resistance built on the values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness.”
Another tool that may come in handy is the ResistBot, which makes it easier to contact state representatives.
For serious reading on the potential threat that Donald Trump poses, Naomi Klein’s new book, “No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need“, looks like a great place to start. (It just came out in June, so we don’t have our copy yet.) Her article “The Worst of Donald Trump’s Toxic Agenda is Lying In Wait” is also worth a read.
Another author worth following is Timothy Snyder, who released “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” just a few weeks after Trump was inaugurated. It’s a much shorter book than “No Is Not Enough”, but also has plenty of valuable information.
There is also Hannah Arendt’s classic text on totalitarianism, “The Origins of Totalitarianism“, which was written about past dictatorships, but many of the points she made are still relevant today. Deutsche Welle have published an article about her work’s sudden popularity.
Other articles worth reading include Umberto Ecco’s discussion on Ur-Fascism, The rise of American authoritarianism by Amanda Taub, Ctrl-Alt-Delete by Matthew Lyons, and Autocracy: Rules for Survival by Masha Glessen. Sarah Kendzior’s blog provides regular updates from another expert on authoritarianism.
There are so many Twitter accounts with great insights into Trump’s actions or information on the Resistance that it’s hard to know what to include. However, some that we consider to be worth following include Seth Abramson, Amy Siskind, J.K. Rowling, Keith Olbermann, and George Takei.
This page wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention T-shirts and other merchandise with anti-Trump and pro-Resistance themes, including the items on sale here. Others can be found here.