How is it possible that Bernie Sanders is leading a “political revolution"… from inside the Democratic Party? Doing such is like organizing an orgy within a house of eunuchs; a marathon in an emphysema ward; a zen tea ceremony in a meth house.
The Democratic Party is a cul-de-sac for leftist activism.
Revolutionaries do not – from the advent of the uprising – vow to endorse their despotic foes if defeated, as Sanders has promised to do when corporacrat and warmonger Hillary Clinton emerges victorious from the primary season.
What could be the source of this toxic naivety? It seems to be the liberal equivalent of wingnut gun fetishism, police state apologia, and military hagiography i.e., a compulsion to ward off feelings of powerlessness – a desperate clinging to the illusion of control – a willfully obtuse refusal to accept the fact that reform cannot arrive by participating in a system owned and operated by one’s oppressor.
A slave is not going to change the plantation from within.
We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up