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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 www.facebook.com/TrueBlueDemocratsAProgressiveRevolt .

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Patrick Walker is co-founder of Revolt Against Plutocracy (RAP) and the Bernie or Bust movement it spawned. Before that, he cut his activist teeth with the anti-fracking and Occupy Scranton PA movements. No longer with RAP, he wields his pen (more...)
 

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