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Waiting for the Revolution

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Theoretically, Progressives have a demographic advantage.  According to the Pew Research Center, "staunch conservatives" are 11 percent of the voting population but "staunch liberals" are 16 percent.  (According to the same study, 35 percent of voters are inclined to vote Republican but 54 percent are inclined to vote Democratic.) If we mobilize our base, we will prevail.

Historians teach that only 16 percent of the men who were eligible to fight in the Revolutionary War actually participated.  Great Britain had vastly more resources than did the colonists, but our founders were motivated and focused -- they mobilized their base.  The Revolutionary War was won by a small band of patriots armed with a radical idea -- all men are created equal and deserve respect.

Progressives can't wait for the second revolution to magically occur.  We have to clarify our objectives, focus, and organize. 

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Bob Burnett is a Berkeley writer. In a previous life he was one of the executive founders of Cisco Systems.

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