What is the greater threat, the imperfections--even deep ones--of my colleagues....OR those same imperfection magnified by bad policies in offices and institutions, near or far? Ex.: A minor problem, in say, a lefty media outlet is infinitely more damaging to the progressive movement than a single individual is in any institution, no matter how "dangerous" that person may seem to be.
Seriously, if any of us were so powerful that we could pose a threat to an institution or organization, then we all could change the world in a day! People tend to be more similar to each other, and environments tend to be what's really different. If the institution/environment was that good--that progressive---then it absolutely could handle everyone.
A good illustration of what I mean is the famous debate between Louis Pasteur, whom the "pasteurization" process is named after, and Claude Bernard, a psychologist.....
"...Since microorganisms were often found in the presence of disease, [Louis Pasteur] propounded the idea that they were the cause of disease - the so-called germ theory.
Claude Bernard, a contemporary of Pasteur, maintained that the cause of disease was the "soil" - the human body -rather than the "germ" - the microorganism. Bernard said that the pathological microorganisms are opportunistic and merely taking advantage of an unhealthy condition in the body. Bernard and Pasteur were engaged in a lifelong argument on this point. It wasn't until Pasteur was on his deathbed that he conceded. "It is the soil." "Bernard was right, the germ is nothing--the milieu [the environment within] is everything." - Louis Pasteur (on his deathbed)
So come on y'all, let's not wait until we're on our deathbeds before we stop aiming our cannons at each other as we go along our progressive way. Let us be responsible toward each other in our progressive institutions so that we can best build solidarity and be effective. Lets be effective NOW because our children are counting on us to not leave them our problems. We owe that to them.
"In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy." - John C. Sawhill