(I’ll be putting this in Orange in an hour or so)
There has been a sea change in the time since I have started working on Docudharma and neglecting my other blogging stuff. The anticipation of that sea change is one of the reasons I started Docudharma. I began to see that the Dems were locked in to their “Don’t Oppose Bush and We Will Win in ’08” strategy and were NOT going to make a serious effort to hold Bush accountable for his many crimes….and that they weren’t even SERIOUSLY going to try to end the war.
It occurred to me that ACTIVISM on blogs was about to become pretty irrelevant as far as Congress was concerned. Why spend time lobbying for something they have absolutely no intention of doing?
And with so much time left in Bush’s term….what should we do next? What do we do now? What is the Big Picture?
Now I am in no way saying that political blogging is dead or a waste of time….What I am saying is that I need to change strategies, shift away from trying to lobby Congress to Impeach or Not Fund.
(A quick note, I do still plan to essay on impeachment…..on holding the criminals responsible, I/we just need a new strategy. I’m working on it!)
It seems like direct action such as last weeks protest and the idea of a General Strike are now the only viable options for short term change….I support these fully and will do all I can and all we can at Docudharma to organize and help with these efforts. As I say below….The People are the key now. Not Congress.
I try to stay away from huge declarations. I like asking questions better. After all, we are not dealing with a concrete monolithic unchanging reality, we are dealing with the political PROCESS and so our responses and tactics and strategies need to be an evolving process as well.
So I will list a few thoughts that are informing my thinking and then ask some questions. Now that I am calming down from all the excitement and firefighting of the launch of Docudharma, I can finally take part in THIS part of the ongoing, long term conversation that is part of the reason for creating this place. Iow….Blogging The Future!
One of the big things that blogs have done is greatly increase the number of people that NOW have some real info on how our government works.
The same for Geo-politics.
The same for the political aspects of organized religion.
Many many people are now VERY informed on what the problems and challenges of the 21st Century are on a deeper and more detailed level than ever before.
We now have concrete proof that the government will not represent The People unless it is forced too. Our representatives in our representative democracy represent the money that gets them elected. The netroots are a small…but important, percentage of that. Public financing is the obvious solution here….but there are a few obstacles to that i e ….politicians and the money they represent!
While not a CONSCIOUS conspiracy en toto….It has become obvious that there are forces like the MIC (and Blackwater, to use the hot topic example) that actively work against peace and The Peoples interest. These forces constitute what can only be called an immoral force in the world. They kill and destroy for profit. What is immoral if not that?
The other part of the MOSTLY unconscious conspiracy are institutions like banks/financial institutions, insurance companies and of course…..Oil companies. All of whom, especially under Bushco….have gone hog wild on reaping as much profit as possible while totally disregarding anything else. Like…..humans, or ….the planet.
This unconscious conspiracy has been allowed to flower under Bush. In the process they have removed any doubt as to where there motivations and aspirations lie, and what they will do if left unfettered in their corporate personhood.
Republicanism gone wild.
Which of course was the whole point of Bushco. The one way in which they have succeeded. To say they had no intention of actually governing and are in power with the goal of raping looting and pillaging the planet while in office is a bit of an understatement, since they also wanted to create a permanent Republican majority to permanently rape, loot, and pillage.
Ok, that is enough for now….as I say, we know this now and you are all smart enough to extrapolate on this knowledge to see what kind of society, country and planet THEY are working to create.
Climate Crisis is a HUGE part of the world they want to create, and they have NO plan to deal with it, besides ‘getting theirs’ before it is too late. We are not just talking politics as a game, here!
The first question thus becomes….
Without the Dems to represent us in opposing them, how CAN we effectively do so?
The goal of electing more and better Dems is still a VERY good and valiant one and WELL worth working for….as it has been since Bushco gained power. Markos is RIGHT, that is the most effective medium range strategy. We can see it has pretty much failed in the short term, though.
We have a year and change left of Bushco. Most of that year will now be consumed by the campaign to elect more and better Dems and a Dem President. That WILL change things and of course we MUST do all we can to accomplish that. But that will merely change ….stuff. It won’t solve the deeper problems.
At the beginning of this piece I said I don’t like making big declarative statements….but I am going to here.
There is only one thing that will work. Some new form of populism. The People uniting.
I will leave it to the many folks here that are smarter than me to define populism and recount its history and cyclical nature. (hint hint!) But our last real encounter with it here was during The depression and led to the NEW Deal…which defined the America we all grew up with and a LOT of the values we all hold.
Does anyone here think we don’t need a NEW New Deal?
There are also the Velvet Revolution and the Orange Revolution to study (I think! I am almost completely ignorant of these by blog standards.)
NOTE: I am NOT talking about Armed Revolution. For one thing, “they” have planned for that and it won’t work!
For anyone who missed it Kid Oakland had a great, great piece on where we are right now.
And I was semi-amazed that OPOL also wrote of much of this last night, but since it really is what needs to happen…I am not TOO surprised. I think it is the conclusion that a lot of us have…generally speaking….come to….Some sort of new populism to take the government back.
Some way to establish a new paradigm….it is unquestionably what needs to happen.
The question is of course….HOW do we do that?
Thanks to the blogs we have a huge number of informed and involved citizens. That will only grow and increase in power over the years.
So the two Big Questions of the Big Picture are:
What form will be most successful for a new populism?
And how do we make it happen.
This is just the start of this Loooooong conversation on Docudharma (and at Dkos hopefully, wedged in between candidate diaries.)….PLEASE jump all over me and tell me where I am wrong and stuff! We need to get this right and vigorous unfettered constructive debate is the only way to do that.