These times call for a different kind of activism. As best we can, and against our strongest impulse, we need to avoid acting within the frame of us versus them, a framing that has been the core achievement of Southern revanchists over all these years. All the old divisions are ceasing to be serviceable as organizing principles for our future cohabitation in this, our increasingly shabby and thread-bare Republic. We are given to believe that we are a threat to each other, and that the threat to our wellbeing comes from below, when in fact we suffer mainly under the yoke of the elite, and in the service of empire. We need to find our way back to the wellspring of our common humanity, and to acknowledge our broad common interest. Re-connecting across the divide is our burden because that job cannot be outsourced.
"We have to learn to prioritize relationship". We actually have to make the relationship more important than the topic. If the relationship is broken, change never occurs."
--Ken Beare, professional communicator
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