This rather curious article in Time (yes, Time still exists) is getting a lot of attention. You might think that the title of this post is fanciful or facetious, but it’s pretty much a summary of the self-congratulatory title of the piece (by Molly Ball): “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.”
There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.
Left-wing activists and business titans: always looking out for us. As they have been for quite some time. Such a relief to know.