Friday, November 30, 2018

The Nation: citizens need to be more personal and aggressive with their activism (go door-to-door again?)


At a debate on immigration at George Washington University Thursday Nov. 29 between The Nation and The American Conservative, both pubs handed out “free” copies of their latest issues.
  
I wanted to point out an article by D.D. Guttenplan in the Nation, “9 Lessons from the 2018 Midterms. Progressives made significant gains, but now they need to organize bigger, better and smarter.” 

 (In the EU I couldn’t quote this entire byline, if that link tax were to go into effect!) 

There is a lot of attention to “Swing Left”, but what struck me in the article was the attention given to recruiting volunteers, and also being able to pay workers – and the attention that the writer wants people with more money to pay to local elections.


He wants people to be OK with phonebanks (robocalls?) and door knocking (fear of home invasions?)  But that’s how it used to be before the Internet, especially with issues like gay rights back in the 1980s (esp. when AIDS was getting started – I remember it too well). 
  
Now we have an elitist component that sees such tactics as beneath us.
  
I’ll cover the debate on Wordpress, but there was a lot about “the rich and the poor”, right next to one another, especially in the Tenderloin in San Francisco.

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