The defeatism is by design and the balkanized scapegoating is a feature, not a bug.
To defeat that... we have to acknowledge that.
Politicians have a different role..
They have different rules.
Different games and hoops to jump through.
Activists have a role to play.
Our movement goes on even if not a single politician is on our team.
We must fight for the right things no matter who we have to oppose.
The vast majority of populist beliefs are based in myths and legends.
We have our work cut out for us.
And no one said defeating neoliberalism would be easy.