Everything having shifted so fat to the right that Fascism is mainstream again is bad, very bad. But it can and should be used to the Left’s advantage. Basically everyone who doesn’t flirt with Blood & Soil Fascism is Left now, in the US. At least that’s the prevailing narrative. So the actual Left should take this opportunity to radicalize Left-of-Center, Liberals, and even Right-of-Center people. What better evidence of the failings and possible death of Centrism than the nations response to a candidate (Hillary) that promised more NeoCon/NeoLib bullshit, that was effectively letting a Silver-Spoon suckling fail-son of a business person who said some neo-Fascist shit own the White House?
People want change,no matter who’s offering it at this point. I genuinely think that the people who want the Neoconservative/Neoliberal order to resume as normal pre-2016 election are a very vocal, very small minority. And if you give most people an out, they’ll take it. So the actual Left in North America (and Europe while we’re at it) need to be offering people an out from the current crisis, AND an unwavering, strong, and militant-if-need-be opposition to Fascism.
I say take notes from Rojava, the Kurds are basically doing what the Left everywhere should be. And they’re literally fighting multiple Fascist armies on multiple fronts while building a Libertarian Socialist society from the ground up, AND helping their not-at-all-Libertarian, Marxist-Leninist allies to the North of them out not just by offering revolutionary solidarity; but by offering them a place in Rojava to rest, and train, and fight alongside them! If you want to talk about “Uniting The Left”, look no further than Rojava. Anarchists, Marxists, Left-Of-Center (rare but they’re their) from all over the world, working together, building together, fighting together. All for a better future.
Sorry if I lost the plot there towards the end.
TL;DR: Yes, it’s a bullshit narrative. But use it! Point to the Conservatives and Fascists calling Liberals and Centrists “Left”, and “radicalize” (for lack of a better word) them.