On the futility of reform-from-within, incrementalism, and other political dogma

“Those who own the country ought to govern it.” —John Jay, former Governor of New York and the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

by Duney Roberts

NEWTON—The quote above, attributed to John Jay in the October 1919 edition of The Quarterly Journal of the New York State Historical Association, perfectly captures the nature of governance in the United States since its establishment. The legacy of this ethos is embodied in the mythical “American Dream,” which elevates and sanctifies private property and private ownership, investors’s rights, and personal gain through “hard work.”

Reform from within

The strategy of enacting change from within is one of the most destructive (and most trite) in all of American politics, and it plays into the hands of those who control the country through powerful corporations, the Democratic and Republican parties, and major media. Both parties rely on an unspoken agreement to coexist in shared domination of government authority, and their overriding cause is the exclusion of alternative parties and ideas meant to distribute power and wealth. Continue reading “On the futility of reform-from-within, incrementalism, and other political dogma”

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The Democratic Party is a haven for faux progressivism

To protect the planet and people, political action must be taken outside the Democratic Party.

by Duney Roberts

NEWTON—In his most prominent work, A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn explained the crucial role of “the middlemen in the American system—the teachers, doctors, lawyers, administrators, engineers, technicians, politicians.” These are the people “who would be paid to keep the system going, to be loyal buffers against trouble” (Zinn 1980).

The national Democratic Party, the Massachusetts Democratic Party (MassDems), and the Newton Democratic City Committee (NDCC) are the “loyal buffers,” whether or not they realize. By extension, they have made voters their enablers by severely limiting acceptable debate and by hamstringing the possibilities for political transformation. Continue reading “The Democratic Party is a haven for faux progressivism”

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