RONALD ARONSON is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the History of Ideas at Wayne State University in Detroit and is author of After Marxism, Camus and Sartre: The Story of a Friendship and the Quarrel that Ended It, and, most recently, We: Reviving Social Hope. He is co-producer of two documentary films, Professional Revolutionary: The Life of Saul Wellman and The Detroit Smith Act Trial.
How can we understand the Trump voter?
If one of the great socialist leaders of a century ago could see us now — Debs, say, or Luxemburg — he or she would certainly be puzzled by the state of the world. In every direction they would be able to see struggles for liberation or the fruits of such struggles: of those with whom they would immediately be in solidarity, such as women, former slaves, indigenous people, former colonial people, and racial, religious, and ethnic minorities.