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Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America

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From the acclaimed author of Dog Whistle Politics, an essential road map to neutralizing the role of racism as a divide-and-conquer political weapon and to building a broad multiracial progressive future

"Ian Haney López has broken the code on the racial politics of the last fifty years."—Bill Moyers

Today more than ever, warnings to fear immigrants and people of col

Published October 1st 2019 by The New Press
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Matthew Richards
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
The central message of this book: the American Right has been winning elections, gaining supporters, and enriching donors by stoking racial resentment and fear through coded language. The Left has one of four choices to make: they can try to beat the right at their own game of racial dog-whistling (think Clinton's crime bill in the 90s), they can take the "colorblind" approach of staying silent on race and focusing on economic reforms, they can counter racism on the right by "leading with race", ...more
Abdulrahman Ateya
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Erica Etelson
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has crucially important analysis and concrete suggestions for how progressive candidates can rip up the playbook that Trump and other right-wing faux populists use to divide and conquer the working and middle class. This is how we win in 2020 and beyond.
Jason Bailey
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An insightful and essential book about how to message progressive politics in the age of Trumpism. Racial dog whistles-in combination with other strategies like a culture war around religion and gender--have for decades worked to pull white people away from economic populism. The answer, Haney Lopez says, is neither a color-blind politics of class--which by ignoring racist dog whistling fails to weaken it and overcome it--nor a singular focus on racial justice--which can turn off persuadable whi ...more
Santiago Rosales
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I really liked this book. This book is for organizers who want to learn more about messaging that can move persuadable people to action. The lessons in this book are important pieces of the puzzle of how we organize to build progressive majorities after the election of Joe Biden.

I appreciate that the book dives into the research and methodology behind the Race Class Narrative. I also appreciate that the book dissects the origins of the Right's narrative and explains its effectiveness. The thorou
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I won this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The book provides a lot of insight into both the Republican and Democratic parties, and his race has played a role in both parties to help win elections. Overall, I found this book educational and thought provoking. Slight hesitation about the accuracy of some of the facts due to an error on page 150 regarding Donald Trump’s age (was off by almost a decade). However, overall an insightful book.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was interesting and convincing, and I strongly recommend it. Merge Left breaks down in easy-to-follow terms (backed by research) how messaging that addresses race and class together can reach critical voters and change outcomes of elections.
Andrew Calderon
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
I am very interested in the topic and I can see how this book can advance the conversation around multiracial coalitions, but it was quite repetive, which made it hard to read. I also got the impression it was written for campaigners and pundits crafting political messaging. Not me.
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent exposition of dog whistle politics and how to fight it.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Supurb! Great followup to Dog Whistle Politics, offering hopeful strategy

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Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of good ideas. I really like the messaging suggested by the author.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot here and I found it fascinating, especially in light of 2020 and dog whistling. I don't entirely agree with the premise, but it certainly requires thinking and reassessing your beliefs. ...more
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insightful points with lots of concrete examples about how race and class play with and against each other in political forums. Most interesting to me was the examples of essentially the same idea being conveyed with slightly different wording or framing and how it changed the audience's reception of the idea. ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Had read the author's book and was very curious about this book. This conversation about trying to reconcile the issues of race, class and more to build winning coalitions for elections and addressing tensions is a timely and ongoing conversation. So I thought this book would be a good read.

If you're familiar with the author's work then you'll know how he talks about the dog whistles of racism and what that means. He talks a little of that here as well, with the how that plays into conversations
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