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How to Build a Progressive Tea Party

Let's straighten this out before it gets as bad as Egypt

Take a lesson from the French and Russian revolutions, and remember that poverty alongside wealth fertilizes terrorism.

Charlie Love

Redding, CA

Feb 15 2011 - 9:11pm

How to Build a Progressive Tea Party

US Uncut

Margaret Mead was known once to have said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

If true, this makes Mr. Hari’s argument that we can (and must) apply a similar model to that offered by UK Uncut to capture the public’s interest and hold its attention long enough to successfully reframe the public debate here in the United States to more accurately reflect the overwhelming—and increasing—extent to which the poor and the middle class are being made to pay for a crisis caused by the rich all the more compelling. And that frame must also be built to provide the public with an unobstructed view of the arguably more egregious response to that on the part of our policy-makers, who, after apparently giving scant, if any, consideration to the notion that perhaps those most to blame for the economic disaster that we are now confronting should be held to account for that, actually accelerated the pace at which the seemingly uninterrupted stream of “endless and lavish aid” flowed to those who played the largest part in bringing it about, including the removal of many of the flimsy barriers previously in place for the recipients of this largesse to dodging, with impunity, the payment of massive sums in taxes.

The effort to bring the UK Uncut model to the United States is already underway at http://www.facebook.com/pages/US-Uncut/186219261412563. However, before this undertaking can have any meaningful impact on public opinion or policy formation outcomes, much of which will begin to take shape in the critical weeks ahead, now is the time for your readers to get up, stand up in larger numbers. We can make this happen, as long as we collectively resist the urge that many of the comments posted on other websites by clearly progressive readers suggest too many of us are gripped by, that being to focus precious time and energy instead on making the case for why we shouldn’t even try.

The time is right. Join the movement.

Joanne Gifford

Napa, CA

Feb 10 2011 - 7:23pm

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