Saturday, October 6, 2012

Lesser Evil

"Of course you can vote for the lesser of two evils. You get less evil."--Chomsky, 2008

It seems to me that on the left we need to work for three things:
  1. Time. Time and demographics are on our side.  This is why you vote for the lesser evil.  If the centrists will bring us to the hard right by 2025, that is 13 years for us to change the direction of the country and, with a majority the younger popular and more and more women on our side, we might pull it off.
  2. Unity. It is often forgotten by well-off white men that this is an election about whether anyone counts politically other than old wealthy white guys but women, blacks, and gays can hardly forget.
  3. Electoral reform. We need to make as much space as possible for a new party to the left of the conservative party the Democrats have become.
And this against the backdrop of the biggest threat to the social safety net in 50 years. Thanks, conservatives!

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