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  •  Sorry, But at Some Point (6+ / 0-)

    actions have to occur-- not just writing.

    and let's face it-- the adage regarding the pen and the sword is at least decades old-- going back to a time when more people read.

    kos' audience is nowhere near as large as those who read and were inspired by the likes of Sinclair, Lenin, etc.

    "The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me." President Bush - Animal House

    by Superpole on Sun Apr 01, 2007 at 06:52:16 PM PDT

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    •  You lost me. (5+ / 0-)

      Are you advocating action over words or vulgar words over eloquent words? (To use the descriptors so far employed).

      "Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you." -- Fry, Futurama

      by LithiumCola on Sun Apr 01, 2007 at 07:22:51 PM PDT

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    •  There's a certain small percentage (11+ / 0-)

      of regular participants here that are ready and willing to act in their areas of interest.  I've learned the hard way not to bother trying to mobilize more than that percentage, but it remains useful to inform that percentage about opportunities for action.  Even a small percentage in as large a pool as dailykos has means a significant absolute number who want action oriented info.  It is disappointing that in a population self-selected for interest in politics that the percentage willing to go beyond talk is so small, but I suppose that's yet one more symptom of the very dangerous disempowerment and disengagement of the citizenry that the elites have been pushing for a long time, since the 60s scared the hell out of them.

      •  To add to that. (2+ / 0-)
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        MissLaura, snakelass

        Or perhaps this is more of an emphasis.

        People need to see a way they can be active that they feel doesn't involve a great deal of time.  The best responses I've had when emailing friends and family have come from telling them to go to a site to sign a petition.  It's a simple and quick action that they can take, and it works to get them active.  These sorts of actions may not be of the protest-marching, banner-waving variety, but they are still actions that serve a purpose and can accomplish a goal.  And they get people who might otherwise not do anything to start paying attention.  That's a pretty big accomplishment right there!

        And it's important to remember that every movement begins somewhere, and every person begins small.  No one just one day says, out of the blue, "I'm going to go out and protest Bush's presidency."  If that's the kind of thing you want people to do, you have to get them motivated, you have to show them that there are others who'll be with them, and you have to get them to a point psychologically where they're willing to do it in the first place (subtle but important difference from motivation).  That is no small task in today's political atmosphere.

        So the best way (IMO, of course) to accomplish that is step-by-step.  Here's something small you can do today.  Tomorrow, here's another thing.  Next week, do this.  In a couple months, start writing LTEs.  Give them a year or so, and you might start seeing some of them getting interested on their own.

        We crawl before we walk, and we walk before we run.  Don't expect people to get involved in campaigns before they've learned to empower themselves.

        The Liberty Rag - Summarizing the truth, one day at a time.

        by FOS on Sun Apr 01, 2007 at 09:58:43 PM PDT

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      •  But you don't know (0+ / 0-)

        when people become this engaged, what action will ensue a meet up, a donation, a phone bank worker, a willingness to speak ones mind. These are all actions that count. We even see how our counterparts in this struggle think and our so called advisaries.

        The times are ripe for all forms of action and this site is a clearing ground for all of the Big Tent to come together and find coalitions, differences, tolerance levels and work to know our bedfellows, some are crude, some strange or elitist  but all have a common ground , Democracy.

        "And if my thought-dreams could be seen They'd probably put my head in a guillotine" Bob Dylan

        by shaharazade on Mon Apr 02, 2007 at 12:22:17 AM PDT

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