Tom Secker, "Trump's Muslim Ban is Terrible but the Liberal Left's Response is Impotent", (29 January 2017)

The new administration's Executive Orange to ban all people from seven majority Muslim countries from entering the United States is nothing more than the latest in a line of hostile policies going back to at least 2001. However, it seems that many on what is laughably called the Left have forgotten the last 16 years and are reacting like this is a watershed moment.

Since Trump's election the most common response of people who think of themselves as Left wing (but who, we will see, are neoliberal centrists) has been disbelief. This response is perfectly summed up by The Kaiser Chiefs lyric 'Oh my God I can't believe it, I've never been this far away from home'. These people thought that it couldn't happen, they thought they were safe in their neoliberal bubble where it was OK to carry out the War on Terror as long as it was done within the confines of politically correct rhetoric. As long as 'home' was a nice place where people didn't explicitly scapegoat Muslims for political gain they could tolerate the paradigm in which we live.

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