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Many people calling themselves progressives seem to want peace and goodwill handed up to them on a silver platter. Being activists against entrenched power is always worth fighting for.....but along the way, shouldn't we look past each others imperfections in order to keep our eyes on the prize?
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

Forget The "Left"! Go Equalitarian! No More Left/Right Psyops! 26.Mar.2011 21:26

blues

End The Rich!


The super-rich contribute NOTHING to our so-called "economy"! They sold out 90% of our productional assets down the river to China, India, Japan, etc. All for pure Profit! They care about us about as much a they care about the Iraqi children they burned to death with white phosphorus!

The hell with the left/right masturbation! Get Equalitarian!

Community Based Industry:

No one should be allowed to own more that 20 times what they need to make a living and live comfortably. People should be required to register their substantial holdings, and if they exceed the 20 times limit, a random jury should force them to sell off the excess, and reduce their holdings to 15 times what they need. The proceeds should go to the government. Anything they fail to register should be confiscated, and those who willfully avoid registering assets should be punished. That is the only way to control economic royalism and protect freedom and human rights.

Most of our industry has been sold for profit and shipped down the river to other nations, and there is perhaps only one way to rebuild it. All large industry should be owned and completely controlled by democratic communities and towns. Each community would own an industry, which could only be sold to another community. Some communities would have to be larger than others. For example, an ironmaking operation would require a large community, or consortium of communities. There could be government sponsored research and development communities too. Employees would have to live in the communities, and thus there would be a powerful incentive to minimize pollution. Small businesses would be operated by ordinary companies.

There will be no more rich political parties. No more rich to be protected by vicious policing. Freedom at last!

Tolerance for what? 27.Mar.2011 14:27

Wrench Monkey

The problem with "Can't we all get along" kinds of analyses is that, no, we can't all get along. If what you mean by "progressive" is support for the war-criminal-in-chief, or support for bigots and hypocrites, then you are part of the problem, not the solution. You are known not only by what you say and do, but also by who your allies are.