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Why the Left Can't Beat the Establishment

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I originally posted this as a comment to Terry Sneller's article, "To All Patrons Of OpEdNews-II Input#1 & Vote". But in the hope that as an article more readers will read it, I have decided to make a article of it.

As I read through all the comments to this thread I realized why lefties can't win elections. We are up against an insidious foe, one whose political coherence is guaranteed by human nature. Greed is the guarantor. There is no need to explain to anyone in the 0.1% why they should vote as they do--in a monolithic body. So no effort is needed to debate. They are simply on automatic pilot. Their strategists simply use Bernays to confuse and distract the 99.9%, and there is plenty of money to finance the attack.

The attack begins at birth and continues nonstop. The propaganda works for a majority of the 99.9%, and those of us who have become steadfast lefties either had lefty parents or we had to use the research skills of a Ph. D. scientist to become staunch lefties. We are far from being a cohesive force, because each of us had to follow our individual lonely paths of study to reach our status as lefties. We are all specialists in issues. As a result, we disagree on what is most important, and we can't coalesce as an effective force because of our individual focuses that led us each to our individual and hard won understanding of what is wrong and why so.

So here we are now on OpEdNews trying to debate how to proceed.

I was an observer of OWS and saw the innovative way that participants interacted and managed to stick together for a very long time until the establishment decided to disperse them by brute force. I saw that there were no designated spokespersons to interact with the establishment to make demands that could be met, even if the body of OWS members could have reached agreement on a plan for reform. This is an example of our ineffectiveness.

Somehow we'll have to agree on a strategy and an action plan, and up front we need to understand that there are so many worthy issues that an omnibus monolithic plan is almost impossible to achieve. At some point we all have to agree that perfect is the enemy of good enough. Thisshows we're a long way from that state of affairs.

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