“When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
I like to remember the radical King and not just the cliche on this sacred holiday. Politics is about people, and putting real power and agency in their hands. Trump does this by pitting people against one another to compete over the scraps left over in our post industrial economy. Liberals cannot respond to this with technocratic solutions that neglect the reality that humans are cultural and social creatures who crave the dignity of work and the stability of community. Politics are about people in all their wonderful complexity and we should embrace this fully and remember the warnings as well as the ideals of Dr. king.