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  •  I believe there's something to (0+ / 0-)

    the accusation of "progressive self-hatred" being a force that undermines Occupy. A progressive friend of mine recounted efforts of a seemingly broad, vigorous progressive coalition that was to insist on a fair vote recount, following the 2000 debacle in Florida. I asked what had ever happened to this coalition. Obviously, nothing ever came of it.

    "They started fighting amongst themselves, and fell all the fuck apart," my friend answered quietly, grimly.

    This is what I mean by "progressive self-hatred." I believe it's a real dynamic. It walks and talks. And it's afoot today.

    Also, the thing about keeping the Occupy movement's appeal broad, not alienating potential sympathizers needlessly. Yes. I agree. The first piece of that is having well-focused goals. The second piece is limiting extraneous, potentially distracting behavior and rhetoric, e.g., Cindy Sheehan calling the belief that Osama Bin Laden had been executed, "stupid."

    This "big tent" approach is indeed the reason I'm a Democrat and haven't defaulted to a smaller 3rd progressive party, e.g. Peace and Freedom. At their best, the Dems do a good job of enfranchising all potential sympathizers (or are at least working on it), and they engage in the self-questioning necessary to advance their aims.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 11:01:31 AM PST

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