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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 04:19 PM
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98. seeking REAL political change is about changing the range of discussion. not following the fickle
Edited on Wed Nov-16-11 04:24 PM by Douglas Carpenter
fluctuations of polls and popularity contest as if we were competing on American Idol. Imagine if the early civil rights in Montgomery, Alabama decided to cancel their plans for boycotts and demonstrations because some polling firm advised them how unpopular they were in Alabama. Imagine if the early anti-war movement decided there was no point pushing on because the polls showed Americans overwhelmingly supporting the war in Viet Nam. Imagine if the early gay rights movement in say 1970 decided to cancel their marches and demonstrations because polling showed the overwhelming majority of the public considered them either criminals or mentally ill.

Mass actions are about changing the discussion and making the debate totally different not ratcheting up favorable polling numbers. This is the real world of politics that can actually effect real change - not the make believe world where we vote for the latest slick sounding politicians with the latest slick sounding sound bites and real change never actually happens.
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