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June 18, 2007
BUILDING A MOVEMENT ON THE LEFT: Marc Danziger comments:
I ought to be filled with schadenfreude, but I'm actually kind of interested and impressed.
I've been harshly critical of the Netroots before there was a formally identified Netroots, and of the thinking of those who went on to become the Netroots - criticizing them as "the suicidal lemming branch of the Democratic Party". But shockingly enough, I share many of their perceptions and some of their values.
Modern politics has become ossified; you need look no further than the ways in which elected offices - from local government to the White House seem to have become dynastic, which power handed down in families from parent to child. That is - forgive me, David Blue - fucking absurd, and antithetical to everything this nation was founded for.
An aristocracy has grown up, exploiting the nexus of social connection, governmental power (and spending) and private greed to perpetuate itself and the increasingly brittle web of allies, sycophants, courtiers, and bagmen who both serve as farm clubs for that aristocracy and as its enablers. One huge strike in the Netroots' favor is that they saw this and when they did, they called a spade a spade. They gave voice to the frustration that the average American feels when they look at our political class.
Notwithstanding the netroots' failure on other fronts, I agree. And I suspect that a lot of bloggers, regardless of political persuasion or "left -right" position (itself a tool to distract, often as not, from what's really going on) agree too.