This isn’t really about being a visionary, even though I am a visionary. I’m not claiming to be an impressive or gifted visionary, just that I have visions. Honest. No bigee.
I’ve been both writing and talking about a level of politics I’ve never had the stomach for, power politics. Well I don’t even know if that label is correct.
And this ties in somehow with jeffroby’s Full Court Press.
It’s unavoidable for me not to bring some meta into this. And one of my visions. So that’s why I’m putting this part under the flip, it’s “p.m.” kinda writing. Yeah.
We now know that the Dem establishment is trying to get rid of the leftys. Of course when I say “leftys,” my personal little corner of that universe is the blogs. So I don’t really mean Chomski or classical historical lefty even though that is an integral part of the mindset of a lefty in my view. But ultimately that’s just a label, and looking back at how they used to do things, though helpful, won’t solve the problems of now which need fresh expression.
So the Dem establishment, now that it got some power, wants to get rid of leftys.
Whatever coalition we had seems to be a tad frayed.
I’m not going to link here because this is purely visionary view and can never be supported by links, facts or even reason.
But EdEncho wrote a long essay basically telling the left “FUCK YOU!”
Inky has been writing anger-filled posts that got him suspended from the rigid authoritarian blog that is Docudharma. Same with Underdog. And DianeG as best supporting actress (nice shoes!), but she has her own blog/power base which is another story.
Touque de Ville told me I was fat. Ok, he didn’t tell me I was fat. But he was pissed off.
And amid all this the earthquake in Haiti, where TheMomCat just happened to go and she was here at DD talking to Lady Libertine when the earthquake hit.
And somehow Cass Sunstein figures into all of this.
How is this a vision?
My vision of power politics is studded with Western mythology of feudal European times – power there for the taking and how it got took, visions of ancient China after the destruction of a pretty old empire, and Confucius wandering around picking up the shards of the treasures of culture and wisdom to preserve for thousands of years even to this day, power we say we don’t want, oh no, as we’re strangling each other for every last bit.
jeffroby pointed out to both Heather and me our reluctance to be “leaders,” in one of his essays (or the constellation of essays that has grown out of his project).
We don’t need to lust after power or fear it. But we have it whether we like it or not.