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  •  Ray, the first thing one has to do (3+ / 0-)
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    is educate people who are either dumbed down or too involved in their own world to seek change and truth.

    There are many ways that happens.  The way of old are not the same as they were in the 60's.   The police have gotten meaner and more military, the people are so broken or sick, they cannot or will not leave what little comfort zone to march...There is no leadersship for a peaceful protest such as MLK or Ghandi for India.   The people are tired for the most part of just trying to put food on the table and being in servitude to those with the big bucks.

    There are so many who  need a person or persons to emerge to energize them to become their own advocate.
    This is the problem.     I think the time for taking it to the streets has passed.  Now it is about educating the masses, whistleblowing and shaming folks and some will never shame into doing the right thing,  The GOP is in revolt right now ...and against one another.   Divide and conquer is the name of the game or Shine a spotlight on wrongdoing so bright that they cannot help but come around,  The time was right to stand up when Bush was selected.. The damage is done..

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 12:21:19 PM PDT

    •  here is the key . . . (13+ / 0-)
      The people are tired for the most part of just trying to put food on the table
      This is why every leftist should be tied up and forced to understand Maslow's Hierarchy.

      When people are trying to put food on the table, all the pie-in-the-sky ideology doesn't mean diddley doo. If the Left really wants to win over people who are trying to put food on their table, then help them put food on the goddamn table.

      All our utopian preaching is of utterly no use to them.

      •  That's what Roosevelt and his advisers (2+ / 0-)
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        understood in the thirties and what the left doesn't completely understand today.

        If I were leading a movement it would be called "Fair Wages"

      •  Being inclusive doesn't hurt, either (7+ / 0-)

        Telling people "don't respond" to any kind of rebuttal, suggestion or even gentle criticism doesn't help build your organization.

        One other note - I've tried in the past (in other areas of DKos) to point out my own experiences, as someone who is disabled and on SSI.

        I was essentially told that anything I experienced was anecdotal, even if millions of others shared that same experience, and heard something to this effect far too often: "shut up and sit down, we're trying to HELP you."

        Ask Black women about feminist organizations, and if they've heard that. Ask others who are disabled if their self-appointed "advocates" hear them. Ask those who are poor if they're given equal standing with those who purport to be their "saviors".

        I'm not saying this response is specific to anyone here, just stating this as a general statement about building organizations.

        You don't build an effective organization if you marginalize your audience. And you definitely don't get support from people when you treat them as if they're not valuable members of your society.

        LISTENING is a lost art, but an essential one.

        If all you want is for people to read your blog and agree, then have at it. But that's all you'll get, unless you can open up to criticism.

        Precious little is achieved by those who cannot listen to (and respond positively to) constructive criticism. And if the critiques don't seem constructive - listen anyway. There may be truth that you're missing.

        You can learn from anyone - even those you disagree with.

        “I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers”

         Kahlil Gibran

        "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

        by Diogenes2008 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 01:58:23 PM PDT

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    •  I understand where you're coming from. Here's (0+ / 0-)

      my take... These dynamics of increased oppression resulting in deprivations leading to hopelessness are not new.  They are eerily similar in every era.

      I know exactly ho you feel.  In times like this, there will always be some people who will remain resolute and hopeful about the ability of a united people to take on the oppressors, successfully.

      Even if hopelessness is widespread, when all the conditions for an uprising are met, it is the few who stayed hopeful all the way who will give the movement some energy.

      Just imagine what people in other historical times faced.  To them the odds of success must have looked dismal, if not impossible.

      One of the main objectives of the ruling elite propaganda apparatus is to make people accept the status quo as inevitable.

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