“no more 2016s” counter-revolution must not lapse into reactionary thinking, even if it has
Trump represents a vestigial Reagan revolution, if not a fascist revolt beyond St. Ronnie, moving the media frame closer to autocratic dictator now ready to manipulate a pandemic into a looming recession.
It is time to end Trump’s reign of terror even if the standard bearer might not resemble the necessary structural changes that the nation needs.
No radical wants to be seen as a counter-revolutionary but Democrats stand for resistance to Trumpublicanism, the synthesis of Reaganist tax rebellion and modern Republican ruling-class nativist racism.
Yet we need to make sure that those supporting Biden in the reaction against progressives note that integrating the necessity of party unity and grass-roots organizing be treated as important as the capital that large-donors (and Mike Bloomberg) bring to the main task of taking back the government.
The fracturing of the party like 2016 must not be repeated, even if the democratic experiment sometimes demands it.
Coalitions are collective entities and a 2021 Biden administration should be seen as transcending the PBO years even if “radical centrism” is an oxymoron much like democratic centralism. It must be more than a restoration but a reconstruction.
A counter-revolutionary or anti-revolutionary is anyone who opposes a revolution, particularly those who act after a revolution to try to overturn or reverse it, in full or in part. The adjective, “counter-revolutionary”, pertains to movements that would restore the state of affairs, or the principles, that prevailed during a prerevolutionary era.
The word counter-revolutionary is often used interchangeably with reactionary; however, some reactionary people use the term counter-revolutionary to describe their opponents, even if those opponents were advocates of a revolution. In general, the word “reactionary” is used to describe those who oppose a more long-term trend of social change, while “counter-revolutionaries” are those who oppose a very recent and sudden change.
The clerics who took power following the Iranian Revolution became counter-revolutionaries; after the revolution the Marxists were driven out of power by the mullahs. Thousands of political prisoners who opposed the Islamist regime were killed especially during the 1988 Massacre of Iranian Prisoners.