Portland independent media center is the perfect example of what is wrong with the left. On it's pages, one can read about community, state, national, and international news; but i don't see where the dots connect. There are articles on threatened forests, big-brother, homelessness, ect- and all seemingly unrelated. Do the writers of these articles not understand the causes of the problems? and if they do- shouldn't we all be focusing our attention on the cause?
By addressing each problem as a seperate issue, we are dividing our forces, weakening the whole. If someone sees an article about police brutality, but spends most of his/her time on animal rights issues, the article will remain unread. The issues raised by this website are all important, but as seperate entities, they will achieve nothing. Protesting on the streets will not change war. Sitting in trees will not save our forests.
The basis for the social ills written about on this website is capitalism. Why has this idea been lost to most of us? and if it is not lost, why is it not the focus of all of our efforts?
The articles written about on PIM need to be read within a context: problems created by capitalism.
Class conflict needs to be readdressed, only then will those in power view this website as a threat, as opposed to a group of liberals whinning about problems that apparently have no solutions.
Capitalism does kill, and needs to be changed. Lets use this as the basis for our activism, lets bring back a sense of unity that has been lost. There is a long history of those who have struggled against capitalism, lets use their efforts to aide our own. Lets use this website as a tool for communication, orginization, and fraternity based on common goals and a uniting force.