Who didn't go to the Women's March matters more than who did. Do public protests matter in a democracy? The "outside strategy" as a signal of support to judges and bureaucrats. Yes, marches can make a difference — it depends on these three factors. Susanna Schrobsdorff on why you should protest even if the effect is mostly symbolic. Calling basic civics "resistance" will only make it harder to stand up to Trump. Sarah Jaffe interviews Biola Jeje of Black Youth Project 100. Jia Tolentino on Swing Left and the post-election surge of progressive activism. The opposition is born: Trump thinks he can do what he’s doing now because no one will stop him — he’s wrong.

Obama's America rises again: Obamaism may have lost control of the levers of power of government but it has never lost the country.