The civilian left is often abstracted from the military, a trend that comes at a high cost for serious conversations about military policy.
Politics may have a rhetoric of idealism, but it has a reality of pragmatism. Settling into that will make the coming years more bearable, and productive.
Many people can’t engage in political actions, for a variety of reasons. Instead of leaving them out, include them by representing their interests.
People always seem to be gathering signatures for some petition or another. Before you sign, think carefully.
If someone is doing something you appreciate and enjoy, take a moment to thank them for their hard work.
If your revolution doesn’t include explicit discussion of disability, it’s missing something.
Tons of people have ample experience in navigating government and social activism. Take advantage of their knowledge!
For those used to instant results, the coming years are going to require a challenging paradigm shift in their thinking, and actions.
The divide between performative and substantive activism is critically important right now. Don’t be on the wrong side of it.
My father and I had a long conversation recently about the similarities and differences between our generations, both of whom were heavily involved in protest movements, albeit in different ways. And both of whom failed in some ways while succeeding in others. One thing both of us noted was a sort of easy distractibility in […]