In 1936, British citizens defeated fascism in the famous Battle of Cable Street. Almost a century later, far-right fascist forces are back. Cable Street explores the current global rise of the far-right and fascism: what is driving this phenomenon, where is it leading, and how can progressives and the left respond?

Episode #15: Is Abdul El-Sayed the Answer to Far-Right Populism?

August 6, 2018

Is a 33-year-old progressive Muslim doctor the answer to far-right populism? On August 7th, Michigan Democrats will choose their candidate for Governor. The race is between establishment Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer, and Abdul El-Sayed, a man many are calling the face of a new progressive vision for America.

By the time you listen to this, the primary may be over. But El-Sayed’s impact won’t be forgotten. In this episode of Cable Street, I chat with Maximillian Alvarez, a columnist at The Baffler who wrote “The Vital Possibility of Abdul El-Sayed”.

he explains why Abdul is not only a powerful orator, but has developed a comprehensive set of compelling progressive policies that should serve as a blueprint for future candidates. Our discussion goes beyond just El-Sayed, and examines the working class in Michigan as a microcosm of the challenges facing America’s poor.

Show Team

Geoff Sharpe

Geoff is the host of Cable Street and co-founder of The Cable.