Robert Reich: Ten Ways to Survive a Summer of Trump

This article first appeared on RobertReich.org.

Here’s a summer survival guide, 10 ways to relax during the era of Trump.

1.   Take a day off from the news, one day a week.

2.   Don’t get into an argument with a Trump supporter, especially if it’s a member of your family. Remember, there are more independents and non-voters than Trump Republicans. And the 2018 midterm election will be won on the basis of turnout.

3.   Pay no attention to Trump’s tweets . They’re becoming increasingly bizarre and irrelevant.

4.   Watch an old movie of biting political satire , like “Wag the Dog.”

5.   But don’t watch “Doctor Strangelove.

6.   Join an Indivisible group near you and take action with them, attending a congressional town meeting and organizing others to contact your members of congress. It’s having an effect. Plus, it’s therapeutic.  

7.   Drink lots of water and get plenty of exercise . Helps with the anger.

8.   Read good books of fiction , like Harry Potter. Don’t read George Orwell’s “1984” or Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here” or Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America.”

9.   Go to a county fair with your kids, and watch the pigs.

10. Have a cookout with your neighbors and see what resources you yourselves can offer to your community. Start a tool collective or teach a class in a library or out of someone’s house. Tangible change can come from your hands, not only your votes. Remember, resistance works best when people come together and work together.         

Have a great summer!

GettyImages-594871636 On the beach, August 24, 2016, on Assateaque Island, Maryland. Mark Wilson/Getty

Robert Reich is the chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, and Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective Cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He has written 14 books, including the best-sellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations and Beyond Outrage and, most recently, Saving Capitalism. He is also a founding editor of The American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-creator of the award-winning documentary Inequality for All.

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