Stand your ground, liberal!
Matthew D'Acona has some sage advice for remainers, progressives, centrists and liberals: stop wallowing; be Sean Connery's character in The Untouchables:
"They pull a knife, you pull a gun. They send one of yours to the hospital, you send one of theirs to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way."
No, The Guardian columnist is not advocating violence. Instead, he calls for vigorous challenges to spurious claims, bogus news stories and simplistic solutions:
"One of the enduring lessons of Bill Clinton’s campaigns is that rapid rebuttal works. When idiots post idiocy on social media, call them out. Challenge, probe, demand answers. Be civil, but unrelenting. Never cringe or yield ground to bigots. Facts defeat fury, sooner or later."
In addition, we must stand up and advocate for integration and immigration, rather than appease every perceived grievance. The Economist has reported that between 2015 and 2050, deaths in Europe will exceed births by 63 million. Therefore, non-Europeans are needed to fill the gaps in the labour market that will appear, especially in health and social care. Thus, argues D'Ancona, don't just defend but promote immigration, and “colonise” your opponent’s language. Ask them what they actually mean when they call for such things as ’taking back control'.
Instead of ceding to the vaguely racist ranting of a dinner guest, let them know what you think in return. A few uncomfortable silences are better than passivity. Acquiescence got us into this mess; forthright engagement will help us endure.
“It’s a time of political combat – whether you like it or not. Resist kneejerk reaction, but don’t be afraid to take sides. Define your red lines and patrol them assiduously.”