The false dichotomy of conservative vs liberal is one of the most effective illusions Americans have bought into. We are divided along the meaningless and artificial social cleavage of Repub vs Dem when the only division that has any meaning is between the few hundred power elite and the rest of us. Or, in Occupy terms, the 1% vs the 99%. Don’t let them define your reality anymore!
I imagine the day when every person can spend their day however they want - creating beautiful art, studying whatever they want, inventing or building something useful, spending time with their friends, exploring the world, or just laying around the house playing with their kids. On that day, no one will be hungry or without a roof over their head; no one will be sick and unable to afford a doctor or medicine; no one will be forced to work for someone else in return for mere subsistence; no one will be forced to pick up a gun and shoot their fellow-men and fellow-women. Heaven? No, I don’t believe in fairy tales anymore. Utopia? You bet. And why not? If we don’t dream, imagine, and build a better future, how will our children forgive us?
Every form of activism we engage in should be done with the intention not of asking or even demanding that government change (because it won’t), but with the ultimate intention of making government obsolete. Thinking this way will serve to inform our decisions about what type of actions we undertake.
One question must be asked of every action we take as activists: “Does this action serve to EMPOWER people?” If the answer is not a definitive “YES”, scrap it because you’ll be doing more harm than good.
Every action we take must satisfy the underlying demand of creating space - space where individuals can find and use their voices that have been silenced for so long, space where they can flex their atrophied muscles of self determination and individual sovereignty, and space where they can satisfy their desperate need for genuine community.