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"Democracy Unchained"--Blueprint for a Revitalized Occupy

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Finally, one might ask why we need a new Occupy-style movement, and why the left- and right-wing strategic alliances alone wouldn't do the job. I find the answer in Norman Solomon's useful distinction between a politics of denunciation and a politics of electioneering. (Or if the distiction isn't Solomon's, I certainly learned it from him). My only qualification would be to point out that the politics of denunciation--if it comes from a vibrant political movement--is also a politics of vision; the vision provides the yardstick by which the woefully deficient political status quo is measured and denounced. Now, developing and articulating the needed vision--and engaging in the related denunciation--is a major job in itself, a job best handled by a lively, passionate grassroots movement. The movement does the necessary consciousness-raising and conversation-changing to recruit for the new political organizations, who try to give concrete electoral, legal, and policy form to the ideals of the movement. But without the inspiring, perception-changing movement, the politics of change will simply never get off the ground, which is why I feel U.S. politics is operating in a vacuum since Occupy. I strongly suspect Democracy Unchained could fill that void.

I now realize that I was failing to make a necessary division of labor with my True Blue Democrats movement, trying to do both the politics of vision/denunciation and the politics of electioneering with one movement. But until we've had time to discuss and enact reorganization, the TBD Facebook page is an excellent forum for discussing these issues. Check us out at .

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I am a veteran anti-fracking and Occupy Scranton PA activist, most recently founder of the True Blue Democrats progressive revolt movement. However, currently revamping my political strategy in light of experience, I've folded up True Blue (more...)

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I feel a major reason our various political moveme... by Patrick Walker on Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 at 9:31:06 AM
Some dude explained that a few times.  A few ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 at 3:08:00 PM
Hi, Mark.As a fan of Glenn Greenwald, I get "rule ... by Patrick Walker on Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 8:12:28 AM
especially not folks who promote the ACLU, but I e... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 11:27:44 AM
Hi, MarkI really would like to get your gist, but ... by Patrick Walker on Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 12:35:07 PM
I published some of the solutions I see in this ar... by Michael Dewey on Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 7:51:56 AM
I'll have to look at your stuff; I certainly didn'... by Patrick Walker on Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 8:04:20 AM
I have felt OWS in all the memories of my past. &n... by Michael Dewey on Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 10:57:43 AM
Nor is my craving for the next Occupy, which milli... by Michael Dewey on Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 11:01:17 AM
I totally agree that we need a new "Occupy" moveme... by Howard Schneider on Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 12:03:54 PM
Thanks, Howard.Being a political strategy entrepre... by Patrick Walker on Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 12:16:35 PM
"While I'm busy with your business, what will you ... by James Lesni on Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 5:05:36 PM
But independently of the book (which I can't discu... by Patrick Walker on Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 5:38:44 PM
The Duopoly is not a conspiracy but the natural ou... by Freedem on Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 12:44:08 PM
Thanks for your comment. I agree that we should co... by Patrick Walker on Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 2:23:57 PM