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  •  I hope we've learned too. (0+ / 0-)

    For all that was wrong with it, OWS was a good idea and a step in the right direction. I do think a combination of strong populist activism and consistently social democratic politics would move this country on the right path.

     I'm getting too cynical and jaded. I'll be brutally honest and confess that this website sometimes contributes to those feelings, because it looks like most rank-and-file Democrats would rather rely entirely on electoral politics. Their partisanship and hero worship gets to the point where they're too afraid to challenge the status quo, within the Democratic Party and elsewhere.

     That's my perception on it. I was much more hopeful and optimistic years ago.

    •  Interesting. Again, I agree, we need a real (1+ / 0-)
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      movement version of OWS, and a widespread outbreak of physical (not web-only) activism.  Folks just need to get into it, in great numbers.  I think & hope they're ready.  

      What's interesting is that I've seen the exact opposite on DK, lots of armchair web pundits and political critics but very little activism.  You point out the electoral focus and I think you're right too.  

      The cure I think would be for us to take actual responsibility for getting things changed, rather than "sitting back with the popcorn", as one poster above mentioned Van Jones had written of the first-term Obama years.  

      Like the union movement once did against great odds, and the more recent civil rights movement. Nothing armchair or comfortable there. We seem reluctant nowdays to put it on the line that way.

      Most politicians aren't change-agents and never will be.  They'll pose and take the easy way, but it's really up to us to make that way our way.  

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