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Frieda's Extinction Rebellion talk power point


We need all the allies we can get, and the Extinction Rebellion folks make a really strong case for the seriousness of the crisis and the need for drastic measures. But they are explicitly apolitical, seemingly assuming that civil disobedience alone will win the fight. To challenge the entire political/economic system, which we as ecosocialists know is to blame, we need political power. In my view, our focus should be on how to get that.
Hi Michael, thank you for this comment. I agree with you. This is why I have devoted much effort to building the Green Party where I am. Although it is a politically diverse group, at least there is agreement on challenging the two party system in the US. Unfortunately, challenging the entire political/economic system is still very controversial. Extinction Rebellion probably rightly understands that a mass movement must rely on tactics that there is at least broad sympathy for - such as civil disobedience.
It seems the idea of putting energy behind an independent political party and proposing alternatives to capitalism are equally taboo. How we turn the tide on this should be our central task.


Have a look at the California Progressive Alliance. From their website:

The California Progressive Alliance (CPA) is a statewide independent volunteer network
of progressive individuals, groups, and organizations united by our shared belief that a better California is possible by reclaiming our government from the corporate interests that have overshadowed the voice of the people. Together–regardless of party affiliation or no party affiliation–we seek to (1) elevate progressive ideas throughout the state, (2) promote the creation of local political alliances and people-powered coalitions to enact progressive change in local government, (3) support corporate-free progressive candidates and progressive issue-based electoral campaigns, and (4) wield our collective power to lobby the state legislature on current and future legislation, as well as research and write new model legislation.

We define “progressive” as anything or anyone that has a predilection for the poor, the working class, and for historically marginalized communities, and that works to actively elevate, and not further harm, these communities. This applies to issues, individuals, organizations, legislation, and overall narrative.

We define “corporate-free” candidates as those taking no corporate or business money, including no money from LLCs, LLPs, or small businesses. While we support business and entrepreneurship–especially small independent businesses–and their right to make a decent profit, we believe that money from business accounts should not be a part of our electoral and political process. We strongly denounce corporate PACs and are unwavering in our belief that corporations are not people. At the same time, we maintain that unions and non-corporate PACs are “corporate-free” because they are made up of people fighting for individual rights, protections, and social benefits, rather than for business profits.