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  •  Individual left, yes. Collective left, no. (6+ / 0-)

    The key element here is that you are individuals are on the left rather than a collective movement.

    The value of protesting is that it can be the start of a movement. If it is not eventually focused as a movement , it is co-opted by the Parties and personalities that will seek to use it.

    But that requires understanding that the left must act collectively as a movement, just as the right does.

    There is this great article on that subject:

    ""My counter-proposal, which is boring, goes like this. If you want to move US public policy to the left, what you have to do is to identify incumbent holders of political office and then defeat them on Election Day with alternative candidates who are more left-wing. I think this works pretty reliable. To my mind, the evidence is pretty clear that even the election of fairly conservative pushes policy outcomes to the left as long as the guy they’re replacing was more conservative. And if your specific concern is that the Democratic Party isn’t as left-wing as you’d like it to be, then what you need to do is identify incumbent holders of political office and then defeat them in primaries with alternative candidates who are more left-wing."

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    To the extent that people are not punishing Democratic representatives who do not follow the ideological line when required is the extent to which you can differentiate party loyalists from people who are truly interested in a movement to the left.

    We have points of comparison. We can see the effect of the strategy described above on the right. We know it works. It is simply never considered because of the loyalties and fears.

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