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  •  Well, you may have to prioritize a little (3+ / 0-)
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    pierre9045, Odysseus, blueoasis

    Getting traction with just ONE "too radical" idea is a huge undertaking.  FOUR would be practically impossible...unless you're just talking about injecting them into discourse and getting them out there, then you can certainly advocate for several.  I guess the other exception is if you want to try starting a full blown third party with an completely different platform than we've seen from other parties.  I guess I'd suggest figuring out which one or two you are MOST passionate about or MOST likely to be successful at moving the needle on.  

    Also, be ready for pushback.  If you're putting very new ideas out there, many, many people will not like them or will at least see them as very impractical, so you will need the patience to explain them repeatedly, listen to criticism, and find real answers to those criticisms.  You won't persuade very many people--at least at first.  

    For what it's worth--and obviously I've only read your short explanations of each--I'm personally not so enthusiastic about the practicality or need for your first 3 proposals, but would really like to see a diary with a fully thought out argument for the last one (guaranteed government work), which I think could be a really good idea....one that has been implemented in limited ways by past generations.  Should you choose to do that, my biggest concern is making sure that the work is actually beneficial to society--i.e., if we had another oil man like Bush elected, what would prevent the administration from redirecting the people employed by this to building infrastructure on federal lands to help enable exploitation by fossil fuel industries or something like that?  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 03:58:53 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for the comment (1+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis

      Not that I don't agree with most everything you wrote, but I still like the first 3 proposals the most, perhaps ironically, because I also realize they are probably the least likely to ever be implemented.

      But yes, I think you are right about the need to write a diary about the guaranteed gov't work one, and will do some research into the topic. Analyzing the Bush example you give would definitely be a good way to put that idea to the test, and I will be sure to include it.

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