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.
Yes, I'll cop to having done some of the stuff Caitlin describes here. And I'd like to think that I've learned something from those mistakes.
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 slurping sound you hear is the Right licking its collective chops.
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