Tuesday, September 12, 2017

For progressives Convergence seems yet elusive - but still possible!

Part I: just a copy of a recent short Facebook post (09/12/2017)
So, the convergence2017.org (The People's Convergence Conference) meeting is over.
None of them has ANY mentioning of the event which supposedly had to change the political landscape.
Jackie Salit from http://independentvoting.org/ was there, too, but Independentvoting.org does not mention the event as well.
What happened to the converging?
It is a very well known fact that political collaboration requires a special set of goals, and skills, and more. So far the leaders of those old and new political groups have not shown the presence of those goals and skills and more.
So far all they do is opening a debate club (National Conference Call at independentvoting.org), or running a conference on political science (convergence2017.org).
Instead of initiating cooperative managing, they have slid in agitation and propaganda.
Agitation and propaganda are important! But without solid collaboration all those political groups will NOT make any difference.
The right approach is at

Part II: reflection on part I
If you read a mission statement or the goals of many new and old progressive groups and parties, you will find that they all look very similar. You read about anger people feel toward the dysfunctional government, about a minimum wage, about the health care, student loans, etc., etc., etc.. 
None of those ideas are new; they just have risen to the political surface during the 2016 presidential campaign. But no one knows for how long people will be feeling frustrated and agitated. That is why nowadays every political group is trying to attract as much attention as possible.
The leaders do understand that none of the groups will ever have enough followers to compete with the two major parties. That is why – the hunt for the “big fish” (everyone wants to be able to say “Bernie sanders is with us!”). That is why some motion to build a collaboration (convergence2017).
The first problem is that the leaders of all active political groups would like to absorb all other groups and have everyone under their tent, but no one wants to be absorbed.  
The second problem is that all those groups live in an illusion, or in a dream, so to speak. They dream of the 3d-party President of the United States.
Freshly grown groups, like "DraftBernie", dream that the next President will be one of them. They don't understand that this would be like trying to run a marathon before learning how to walk. 
Experienced, seasoned political figures, like Jackie Salit, look for one candidate from all the independents. Take, for example, her recent piece “Finding Otherness”(independentvoting.org). It is worth to read. But the most of the reading will be about options for the presidential run in 2020.
Each problem has a solution, though.
To solve the first problem, group leaders need to reject an idea of building one new super-party. It is impossible (at least for a foreseeable future), but also not needed.
They have to build a coalition which is not based on ideological principles (which for many are dogmas), but based on (a) mutual enemy; (b) mutual goal – but the goal has to be specific.
To solve the second problem, the leaders need to set one specific political goal – such that they all would benefit from its achievement; and which is also achievable – so, not the Presidency.
Such specific and achievable goal is to take three seats from the Senate Republicans.
This will demonstrate the power of the people not affiliated with the Republicans or the Democrats.
But most importantly, this will give the “outsiders” real political power.
After that the Republicans will fear the “outsiders”, and the Democrats will notice them (and both parties will hate them – the price to pay for having real political power).
I call all “outsiders”, i.e. active members of political groups not affiliated with the Republicans or the Democrats – the 3-d Force.
The website: www.3dForce.net gives more reasons for the goal I just outlined above.
The question is – if the leaders of the groups do not want to build an effective practical (I would say – pragmatic) collaboration, can we do anything about it?
Yes, we can!
It does not matter if you are in “DraftBernie”, or “SocialistAlternative” or else.
Ask yourself, do you want to march, protest, collect signatures, write petitions, and more, and feel good about yourself; or you want to march, protest, collect signatures, write petitions, and more, and feel good about yourself, and also having real political power?
If you like the latter, you should put some pressure on your leaders, you should tell them to set aside the ideological differences and reach out to all other political groups with establishing a coalition for achieving one specific political goal – bringing both parties in the Congress down to the minority, by taking down three Republican Senators.
The current political climate makes this task possible!
But this climate may not last for long.
 Currently, progressives of all sort are busy with fashioning a big fiery GALA (http://the3dforce.blogspot.com/2017/11/3dforcedown.html).
At the same time Regressive Republicans developed a network of disinformation: http://the3dforce.blogspot.com/2017/11/disinformation.html.
Who is a real revolutionary here?