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Imagining a New Party

November 28, 2016

Here’s to The Progressive Democratic Party (PDP)!

Building on the Vermont model, we run candidates to win, while also influencing the current Dems. In a primary, we run outside the old Dem Party, to win and become the PDP candidate in the general; but if we lose in the primary round, our candidate endorses the Dem. Above all, always defeat the R.

It has to be done strategically. For instance, for the House of Representatives: in districts where there already is an adequately progressive Dem, no PDP candidate, so as not to split the vote. Where not, do as above. Where there is no chance to defeat the R, we run a candidate anyway, to put our positions before the voters. Everywhere.

In Congress, PDPs caucus with Dems.

The immediate goal is a PDP/Dem Congressional majority in the next Congress (2019-20).

I’m imagining the PDP being launched, IF the Dem Establishment does not make way for a strong Progressive influence, soon.

In that case, the long-range goal is to replace the Old Dem party.

If it comes to it, I’m imagining the PDP being formed by Progressives in the Senate and House, joined by those holding state and local offices.

The PDP “platform” would be green, grass-roots, working class, middle class, and young. It would cut across the artificial* categories of “identity politics” (e.g. by “working class” I mean: in the interest of everybody working for wages). Its issues, and positions on those issues, would largely be those of the Sanders campaign.

* Artificial, in that they are categories that stem from, and continue to express, stereotyping and prejudice, e.g. “black voters” or “woman.” Such categories are accurate to a degree, such as when “black” (for instance in “Black Lives Matter”) expresses the common interests of a group of people who have been artificially grouped according to a stereotyped identity by racist “white” people, for purposes of discrimination. In contrast, “people who work for wages” is a more “organic” category for identifying the needs and interests shared by people, regardless of prejudicial stereotyping. Note, for instance, that members of a “black” group cannot enter and leave that group, while people move in and out of an organic group. In that sense, they are self-identifying, and they can be addressed politically according to their common political needs apart from stereotyping (although, of course, they can be stereotyped—on artificial grounds, i.e. they are turned into artificial people.

Whew, I hope that makes sense.

The Dem Party must be made to focus on organic needs that affect the lives of everyone, such as combating global warming and maldistributiion of wealth.

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