What is the Resistance?

As I work on chapter 1 (which I plan to post by the end of the month), it has become clear that a working definition of the Resistance is needed.  Today, in the semi-plenary on Science and Activism at the Earth System Governance conference in Lund, Sweden, I proposed the following working definition:

Resistance (rɪˈzɪstəns) : People working individually and through organizations to challenge the Trump Agenda.  The Resistance includes people working as individual citizens, through their professions as lawyers, artists, scientists or professional athletes.  It also includes organizations that run the gamut in terms of their levels of professionalization–the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Greenpeace, professional associations like the American Sociological Association, and Indivisible–are all playing parts in the Resistance. In addition, the Resistance includes actors within the government itself that are working at multiple scales of governance.  To date, the Democratic Party is a small and isolated component of the American Resistance.

American Resistance documents the Resistance, focusing on the issues that are mobilizing participants and the tactics they are employing.  It concentrates on three specific components of the Resistance: Resistance in the Streets, Resistance in the Districts, and Resistance from Within.  It concludes with a discussion of what the Resistance means for democracy and politics in the United States after the 2018 election.



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