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  •  The Politics of Protest (11+ / 0-)

    There is a purpose for protesting and it is all too sad to realize that there are a lot of times when protest is needed.

    But one of the key problems I have observed over the past several decades is that there has been so much emphasis on protest as political action that thinking proactively seems to have become completely forgotten.

    One might reflect on how often Republicans have been in power in Washington and in many localities during the past fifty years.  A lot of the time there has been no choice except to protest the latest fucked up thing they have decided to do.

    But the century lays out ahead of us and the problems that are stacking up are unprecedented in scale.  We can't really afford to just wait for something to protest.  

    The media has obscured the larger realities of our world that must be addressed.  We have a responsibility to become informed regardless of this.  

    The current political climate is due to a giant power struggle that has been brewing probably since the time of FDR.  The question that hangs in the balance is whether Wall Street or Washington governs our world, or if there will be a balance that We The People can actually participate in.

    The knowledge that is needed can be obtained, through effort and seriousness.  We The People have got to think in a proactive way about what we want the future to look like by 2050.  If we can't figure out how to do that, we will increasingly find ourselves protesting outside of increasingly well fortified big buildings.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 10:53:22 AM PDT

    •  Several of them are just outraged that all this (7+ / 0-)

      is happening, and no one is offering them a consulting fee.

      I've just started using twitter...and it is fucking hilarious to watch them freak out as they finally realize that they're the ones being made redundant this go-round after all the years they've spent writing press statements about how workers just need to retrain after the latest "Free Trade" deal their Blue-Dog employer voted for....

      President Perry announced that noted terror promoter Noam Chomsky, whose works are believed by the Administration to have inspired terror around the globe, was killed in a drone strike as he ventured out of his Icelandic bunker.

      by JesseCW on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 11:20:34 AM PDT

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      •  Damnit. This was supposed to be a reply to (3+ / 0-)
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        Black Max, right below.

        Sometimes I long for a delete button with a 1 minute timer....

        President Perry announced that noted terror promoter Noam Chomsky, whose works are believed by the Administration to have inspired terror around the globe, was killed in a drone strike as he ventured out of his Icelandic bunker.

        by JesseCW on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 11:21:49 AM PDT

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    •  What Is Our Long Game? rather than One Demand? (1+ / 0-)
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      I agree.

      There's a lot of time and energy spent discussing what's wrong, without much devoted to a vision of how it ought to be.

      The cons have it easy in this regard; their long game is about power, without regard to consequence.  Our long game is about power that is primarily concerned with consequence.  

      We have ideas about solutions, but we're poor at painting the picture of what it's like to live in the world of those solutions.

      The rich are eating the world. The Republicans are their teeth. The Democrats are dentists who refuse to pull those teeth because they are so beautiful and sharp.

      by Leftcandid on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 12:00:21 PM PDT

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      •  Get Better At Solutions (1+ / 0-)
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        I think the fact that we can be talking about how poor progressives are at painting the picture of what is would be like to live in the world of solutions we need to be aiming for is an indication that this is what is really needed.

        All the protests are great to gain more awareness that there is an issue, but if all the energy is spent on that, there won't really every be a better world.  

        hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

        by Stuart Heady on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 12:48:33 PM PDT

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