There are three ways that you can build a coalition:
For the past several decades, the American “left” has been held together largely by common interests. Different interest groups worked to support one another with the expectation that by working together they could do more to advance their group interests better than by working separately. However, interests are beginning to diverge. There are active members of the “left” who support vouchers and charter schools against the interests of unions. There are working class individuals who are considering a turn to the right. Common enemies are the new tactic – George W. Bush 8 years ago and Donald Trump now – but these are temporary.
These cracks in the traditional coalitions of the “left” and “right” are a threat to the coalitions of the past, but an opportunity to develop new and more desirable coalitions in the future. Who constitutes that coalition, what provides its common basis, and how it is formed are all open questions, though.
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