A terrifying choice between two unpopular options confronts voters in the US this month.
When Barack Obama was elected in 2008 there were high hopes for what he could achieve. Eight years on the excitement was encapsulated in Bernie Sanders’ left wing challenge for the Democratic nomination.
Since losing that battle, Sanders has said that a vote for anyone except Hillary Clinton is a vote for Donald Trump. Despite that, some of his supporters will vote for the Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who says, “we put people, planet and peace over profit”. But she is currently only polling 2 to 3 percent. Many more will not vote at all.
A new organisation has sprung from the ashes of the Sanders nomination campaign called Our Revolution. The slogan is, “Campaigns end. Revolutions endure”. But it appears to be focused on uniting people in the activity of election campaigns.
Whoever wins the presidency, the US will need to see more mobilisations of the Black Lives Matter movement, environmental campaigners, low-wage and other workers to bring about any real, enduring change.