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  •  Elections are the only time we have a voice (4+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, quill, Yasuragi, ctami

    I don't see what the point is of dissent or chreerleading.  Both are purely masturbatory and have zero chance of changing anything.  

    The only way we can change anything is by constantly working towards the next election.   I really wish people would ask themselves "is this diary doing anything to help win the next election or am I wasting my time?"

    I'm a socialist and only support democrats because after having nothing to show for the years and years I put into activism, I finally decided the only avenue that exists for changing the status qua is electoral politics.
       

    •  there is a point (3+ / 0-)
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      pdxteacher, quill, Just Bob
      "I don't see what the point is of dissent or chreerleading.  Both are purely masturbatory and have zero chance of changing anything."
      and that's to convince others to come around to your way of thinking so we can exert pressure (or not exert pressure) in greater numbers.

      Now, I'm sure it's popped into your mind that that's not what usually happens around here, and I totally agree, but there is a theoretical point to it.

    •  popular dissent has great power (6+ / 0-)

      talking to each other about what the politicians should or shouldn't be doing has no value whatever, well besides entertainment.

      Using social media, like this blog, to create, promote, and/or support popular movements and activities that pressure politicians - that can have great power.

      DKos is also an opinion generating hub, and though many disagree with me on this, I think that speaking out with a more unified voice can have a powerful effect. For an example, the War on Women narrative heavily promoted by this site was very effective in multiple ways: the MSM started reporting about these stories, progressive politicians and even the Obama admin began using the language, and the result was more Democrats getting elected.  

      "I don't cry over milk spilled under bridges. I go make lemonade" - Bucky Katt

      by quill on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 07:55:19 PM PST

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