I'm writing this brief diary as an experiment to to try to ascertain the degree to which the Left's efforts remains fractious and diffused, and the reasons why.
For those familiar with my writing, they already know that I'm always advocating for the need of the progressive movement to come to a common understanding of the challenges we face (as the result of the wealthy elite and supra-national corporations having taken over the levers of power), and most importantly how to go about taking on those challenges in an unified manner.
My main argument is that if the Left remains fractious, with multiple groups exclusively focused on multiple issues, while neglecting to build consensus about root causes, we will forever remain ineffective.
But here, today, I'm not going to push that angle. I'm genuinely interested in reading from as many people as possible about how they see things; about what they find important; and most importantly, about how they would go about taking on the challenges.
From the answers, I will try to see if there are patterns, commonalities, and consensus in some areas...
I think if enough people participate it may be very informative and interesting. For example, if someone were to ask me to list my first five priorities, the indictment of Bush administration officials for war crimes would be right there in the top five. Also, the indictment and prosecution of Wall Street bankers at the highest levels (for the looting that caused the latest Great Recession) would be in the top five.
The interesting thing about that is that I'm aware that many would find those priorities kind of weird or misplaced, given all the challenges we face (in their view). But again, that's why I think this exercise may be worth it...
My reasons for including those two issues in my top five priorities is because I want to reiterate the importance of the rule of law applied equally to all citizens, and that without that, society deteriorates--when you have a two-tiered justice system.
For you, what is the most important issue/challenge we face, and how would you address it?