Lefties often act as though every movement toward health has to be precision-perfect, as if we were keyhole surgeons cutting out cancer with mere millimeters of room with which to make precise decisions. But we are not millimeters away from health: we are whole continents away. If the tumor was in a hospital in New York, we are in a beat-up truck in Tijuana, screaming at each other about what tiny micromovements to make with our scalpel when we really need to just pick a street that heads vaguely northeast and start fucking driving.
While the goal of a united Left is an admirable one, if somewhat lofty, the virtue of having the left sorted into various advocacy groups is that it guarantees a diversity of tactics. Tactics that make progress in the correct direction should be emulated—not copied chapter & verse, but adapted to the needs & skills of each group. Unite around the policy aims, but get there in the way that makes the most sense to you.
Regarding the bickering over #ForceTheVote: The problem is duopolistic thinking.
- The Left is, or should be, anti-Establishment.
- The Establishment perceives the Left, or anything that differs from the Establishment, as a monolithic entity.
- So Lefty Group A dislikes the methods of Lefty Group B, claiming that such methods will undermine the credibility of this mythical monolithic Left (as if it has any credibility in the eyes of the Establishment as it stands).
- Lefty Group B accuses Lefty Group A of being a batch of chicken-shit suck-ups of the status quo.
- They block each other's Twitter accounts, and lines of communication are severed, thus undermining the effectiveness of the whole movement.
The slurping sound you hear is the Right licking its collective chops.