An Essay for Tweets from the Left
The United States is composed of thousands of institutions and organizations drawn from the profound beliefs and principles of liberty outlined by The Founders. Since then the founding, the laws of protection for the growth of liberty and development of American principles has flourished. The continuous emergence of political organizations that seek to provide the best in human life for individuals has succeeded. In part, these efforts are defined as progressive or conservative, democrat, republican, libertarian, green, socialist, working family and so on (see list below). We live through these institutions and expect them to be dispositive of most problems given two provisions – civility in discourse and a respect for facts.
American institutions focus on social and international justice, civil rights and liberty in the context of human rights for all people. Many of them work to assure equal opportunity, good educations, environmental preservation, conservation, and human health advocacy. As they are plentiful and varied, their progeny continues to expand in the service of new constituencies who are emboldened to be free in a search of cultural change through art, science and technology advancements. All these activities are constitutionally guaranteed. These institutions implement programs to produce predictable results that seek to hasten or slow social change processes, increase or reduce costs and protect local interests and specific assets held in private trust or on behalf of the public good. There is no hard proof that the physics of Newton’s laws of motion are in play in these processes, yet it feels as if proof isn’t necessary for observing the many failings if power in the accelerated rate of change in which we find ourselves.
Reducing the hard punch capability of American hegemony has been difficult from the first use of the Atomic bomb all the way down to the colloquial definition of Americans as “people who buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have to impress people they don’t know.” This power to be free includes a capacity for hate and injustice that cannot be rationalized, only disliked and deterred.
The belief of progressives and conservatives is that different worlds are possible. Both see the basics of air, water, land, and food as the most powerful natural resources on the earth and once brought under the control of specific energy sources and industries, a sustainable environment is possible within an equitable economic system. Putting the force of these ideas in a global context redefines national security needs all the way down to a sense of personal safety best defined as freedom from fear. It is in a global realm of competitive protection political actors become irrational. The rise of evil forces, demonizing recalcitrant actors, or the outright taking of spoils through conflict raise the walls of ignorance.
What everyone knows is why political divisions form in the debate on a proposed action. The benefits of assigning specific public expenditures in a three-branch system of government are to sustain debate to correct errors of judgment in a changing world. One branch creates two sets of representatives from every aspect of American culture. Their job is to write laws, see to an evaluation of the implications of their implementation and adjust accordingly. When failures in this process occur, the legislative practice is further evaluated and judged in a federal court system. The nationally elected leaders are the President and Vice-President. The Executive Branch is the final arbiter of action subject to Congressional veto, public elections, and the Judicial Branch.
Human DNA survival mechanisms will distort self-protection behaviors (i.e. fight/flight) in social groupings and it does not exclude complex government power-sharing systems. Entire social structures build supports eager to give meaning and purpose to the human experience of power. Communication of spiritual and community values, movements for social change, and reflections on past movements all push for a wide range of cultural transformations. New theories of change form among the institutions confronting the need to adapt to new conditions of human interaction and natural events. If each initiative defines an outcome-driven process, a practice based on evidence for action and detailed performance measures undertaken routinely by trusted parties, no matter how or where the idea for change occurred or the credit needed, the results should be trusted. Time is the great judge of failure and success.
The task for staff is to find the counter punch organizations among the following largely progressive organizations. The primary mission is to get people to pay attention, express issues of concern and vote on them in every election. The list work got started with a project called START.
The Original START Study Guide is Here
For an excellent description of START, see “Acting in the Big Picture: New study guide builds on history, hope,” by Linda Pinkow, Dollars & Sense, Number 273, Nov/Dec 2007, p. 9. It was the inspiration for building the Tweet O-Rama pages found in the menu under The Synergy Project.s
The “tweet” is a way not to be distracted by the “big picture, we are all f’n doomed, so why bother problem or if you as rich as some of my friends, you plan, build and stock a $20 million hideaway, you know, just in case.
List 1: Electoral Politics Organizations
The major electoral categories on the progressive side are political parties, namely the Democratic, Working Family, Green, Labor, DSA, Socialist and the CCDS. A complement of state and local legislative groups is composed of BISC, SIX and Progress Now.
Works for job creation, equal pay, education, health care, and clean energy.
A progressive political organization that sponsors candidates in 7 states and fights nationwide for an economy that works for all and a democracy in which every voice matter.
A few democratic socialists advocate for a broad-based social revolution while predicting the possibility of an undemocratic and violent seizure of power by a single political party. As history repeats see blog attempt to hear or see if they might be right.
The largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of Socialist International. Extending political democracy to greater empowerment in the economy, in gender relations, and in culture.
A political party of, by, and for working people, founded in June 1996 by delegates from hundreds of local and international unions as well as individual activists.
The achievement of the socialist vision requires the production of wealth controlled by the people participating in a broadly framed democracy serving political and cultural life. I found a link to the Left University that offers many interesting resources (here). One of the best is the analysis by David Schweickart out of Loyola University below.
If only “the left” had the sound technicians as polished as those of TED and a few others.