I just got back from a ten-day vacation from all things internet, to find my inbox stuffed with about fifty appeals from one progressive organization or another. I deleted them all without reading a single one of them.
You sign on to one, you eventually get them all. They proliferate wantonly. After a while it becomes ridiculous - a person can't possible participate in all these various causes at once, no matter how worthy of attention each one of them may be, individually.
It is past time for the Left to get its shit together, and the easiest way to do that is via the net. When the most committed of us are besieged daily with numerous calls to action on multiple fronts, it becomes impractical to respond to them all. Or eventually, lacking the time and will to sort through them, to any of them.
This seems to me a tremendous waste of time and energy. I don't like deleting messages from people whose goals I share, but I do it anyway. Purely for the sake of convenience. As if the message were simply a niusance, like your average TV commercial.
Unity is the path to reformation. We will never change this god-awful system of exploitation and permanent warfare and bondage until we "come together" as John Lennon says, right now. If we keep on attacking the behemoth of the MIC and the banking cartels piecemeal, according to this or that special interest, they will defeat us.