Good points Tom.
On the topic of the "Fear Trump", one of the clearest examples of this is Arum Gupta
2. http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/17/the-left-isolates-itself-by-disregarding-the-grave-dangers-of-trump-and-trumpism/). What I find more disturbing, is Mr. Gupta's dismissive and ad hominem attacks at those who disagree with his perspective. Progressive change is hampered when we are unable to discuss our differences without resorting to personal attacks.
Arun Gupta made one claim that I have been interested in knowing, but have not had time to research. Gupta stated
"I’ve argued that recent history shows the Left makes greater gains when a Democrat sits in the White House than a Republican. "
"under a Republican, the Left is sucked into a center-versus-far-right battle. Under a Democrat the fault line is the Left versus liberals."
Can you provide me with any research on this?
Having worked with successful Central American solidarity groups under Reagan/Bush which collapsed when large numbers of liberals abandoned activist work under Clinton, this is definitely not my personal experience.