[Marxism] A Call for Practical Input

Gilles d'Aymery aymery at ix.netcom.com
Fri Nov 24 17:52:29 MST 2006

It's The Issues, Stupid!
A Call for Practical Input

by Gilles d'Aymery

(Swans - November 20, 2006)  Whether the election of the Democrats in 
both the House and the Senate will bring some much needed breathing room 
and slow down the freight train that has long gone out of control at an 
increasing speed under the Republican conductors is at best debatable and 
quite possibly irrelevant. The train will not change direction. The next 
two years will show the same trends: more wars, more corporate control of 
the electoral system and of the economy, more countless suffering for the 
many, and more riches for the few. What's urgently needed is not a change 
of direction within the same paradigm but a change of paradigm. Can 
people offer reasonable solutions?

As George Lakoff, a professor of linguistics at the University of 
California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Rockridge Institute, has 
often repeated, we need to accurately frame our values and our deepest 
principles and offer a positive vision, not a "new direction" based 
either against the other side or century-old revolutionary textbooks. 
Those of us who do not place our hopes in the Democratic Party to even 
remotely move toward a new economic and social paradigm must revisit and 
define the issues that need to be addressed, devise practical and hopeful 
solutions that can appeal to people at large, not just ideological and 
sectarian groups. We need to foster minorities, black and Latino, toward 
leadership positions, as well as women. And, above all, we need unity and 
steadfastness. We cannot ask, prod, and support candidates to run for 
office at great sacrifice to themselves and their families and, come 
election time, return to the big Democratic tent -- and let them fend for 

A few observations about these elections 

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