To win this war against Donald Trump, we must do more than wear pussy hats and #DeleteUber. We must abandon liberalism and move to the left.

Protests against President Donald Trump’s agenda have not let up an inch since he stood before a funny-as-hell, near-empty mall in Washington, D.C., and took the oath of office.

There was the expansive Women’s March on Washington and the “sister marches” in other U.S. metropolitan cities, famous for memes of (mostly white) women in knitted, pink pussy hats.

There were the #NoBanNoWall demonstrations that practically swallowed major international airports in the U.S.

Scientists are planning to exhibit their discontent when they march on D.C.’s mall to cement their opposition to our new administration’s position on climate change.

In fact, so much has been planned that lists, such as this one, of upcoming anti-Trump events are circulating online. Some of the protests noted include an LGBT solidarity rally, a rally that targets Trump’s anti-environmental agenda and a rally organized around the not so conspicuous title of “Not My President’s Day.”

On top of all that, the ride-hailing service Uber has been under ceaseless, tremendous fire after it appeared to exploit a taxi stoppage during the airport protests, propping up its bottom-line on the backs of the American people.

Related: Fuck Uber, But Consider This Before Deleting Your App

Point: There is a lot going on right now. A LOT.

In just 11 days, Trump has taken steps toward repealing the ACA or Obamacare, rolled back abortion rights overseas and federal housing policy at home, shut down government hiring, voiced his support for the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL Pipeline and jumpstarted renegotiations on those hazardous projects, and passed a discriminatory travel ban that prohibits refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries from seeking refuge on U.S. soil.

And don’t get us started on Trump’s cabinet appointments, where he has managed to extend an olive branch to white nationalist supremacists the nation over by appointing Jeff Sessions as attorney general and Steve Bannon to the National Security Council.

Shit is real, y’all. Our obstacles are huge. Folks are understandably scared, anxious about the present, mortified about the future.

Luckily, there are as many people who have opted to not crawl into a dark corner and disappear, to fight political apathy and shun resignation, who have embraced a call to action and resistance.

To bear witness to such resistance at this juncture of the latest chapter of our nation’s democratic experiment is crucial and inspiring.

Although I cannot predict whether this mass concerted effort will grow more relentless and risk-filled, one thing is certain:

It must evolve into something more than wearing pussy hats, deleting smartphone apps or snapping on a safety pin to show solidarity.

While we can appreciate these gestures, stopping Trump and the corporate cronies he’s surrounded himself by will require a mode of organization, a level of commitment and outpouring of talent that exceeds symbolism.

This is not to suggest that symbols have no place in movement work — they certainly do. But, symbols cannot be THE movement, particularly against a force as beastly as capitalism.

Capitalism, at its core, is an effectively brutal system. It pulls no punches and thrives in combat. It infiltrates every aspect of human existence. It’s malleable, adapts with the times, fluctuates from absolute free trade — free in every sense of the word — to economic nationalism, isolationism and protectionism.

With the dusk of the Obama administration, the unlimited free-trade phase has seemingly come to a close — or so Trump’s nationalist blustering has led many (white) working-class folks to believe.

In the Trump Era, so-called rogue politicians who, like their Orange master, have adopted the credos of political incorrectness and vowed to restore “law and order,” resuscitate an all-but-dead manufacturing industry, insource, stop (foreign, non-white) terrorism, protect “life” and “make America great again.”

And they mean business.

The first days of Trump’s presidency ought to be proof enough of this — and a wake-up call.

Our response cannot be the typical small gesture or isolated march that may have the effect of arousing temporary euphoria. It cannot be liberal posturing. We have to retire that impulse.

Now is the time to pick up and hoist in the air the torch of revolutionary radicalism. In other words, scoot yourself to the left — the far, far left.

We have to develop ways to financially support protesters of color, people plucked from the poorest and most disenfranchised communities in our country, who bravely put their bodies on the line in the streets, only to be unable to post bail once they’re jailed.

Related: Organizing for Liberation Ain’t Free When Capitalism Rules Everything Around Me

We have to overcome craft autonomy and divisions and reinvigorate our worker unions in this era of squared austerity, or invent alternative institutions that support the American worker. And, make no mistake, the majority of us are workers. That’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Where applicable, we have to admit our privilege, flip the hierarchical script, and use what social influence we have to raise the voices and concerns of marginalized groups.

We have to intensify our mass disruptions of the business-as-usual, let alone attitude of all levels of our government.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg of steps we must take.

Listen, I don’t pretend to have all the answers. However, I am as flustered as many of you and committed to leveraging my own platform, however small, by not just simply describing the conditions we face — necessary though this is — but documenting solutions and new information.

Honestly, we have so much more to offer to this political moment than safety pins and pussy gear. We just have to put our energy into old and new spaces that enable us to do the kinds of things that penetrate to the bone and marrow of freedom work.

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