Evolving from the Mud to Become a Positive & Unifying Force For Change
I have spent far too much energy and time dealing with issues of co-option and fighting “the battle for the soul of Occupy” and the 99% Movement. It’s been incredibly disheartening to see many people that I know agree on several key issues get completely caught up and bogged down in what they disagree on. We have several powerful factions within this movement for justice.
To name a few:
- liberals and progressives who reject the Democrats,
- liberals and progressives who want to work with Democrats,
- libertarians and conservatives who reject the Republicans,
- libertarians and conservatives who want to work with Republicans.
The hardcore people within each one of these factions have very little interest in working with any of the other factions, and as soon as you work on a campaign with any of the other factions, they dismiss, attack or ignore you. In a situation like this, all the factions become paralyzed by their own incestuous groupthink and ideological purity. The pre-existing power structure can then rest assured in their continued dominance and continue their plunder of our future, as we are all too preoccupied with dividing and conquering (marginalizing) ourselves, expending too much energy engaging in turf wars and too little energy focused on the dominant power structure.
So, what is it that we ALL agree on?
We ALL agree that we need to get money out of our political process!
That being said, no matter what your ideology or political leanings are, if you want to get money out of politics, I’m willing to put aside our differences, extend an olive branch and work with you toward this goal.