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"Some years back, when the Green party won over 104,000 votes in this
state, I put together a plan to organize and field teams that could cover
the state, establishing viable little groups where the vote was in double
digits and cultivating a statewide network that would circulate speakers
and engage in regular public forums and events. "

Presumably that is what every campaign does, and it requires money and
time. I don't get how it could be done without people to finance it.

On Wed, Feb 5, 2020, 11:48 PM Mark Lause <markala...@gmail.com> wrote:

> We seem to be so far down the rabbit hole of money-centered
> corporate-consumerist politics.   Raising money to open offices and hire
> canvassers is no alternative to a system based on that circular process.
> The alternative to running as Democrats is not running LIKE Democrats.
>
> A challenge to the structure of electoral politics has to be reflected in
> our practice, not just in abstract and aspirational terms.  What we need
> are politics based on people.  We need something with membership that will
> maintain some coherence between elections and generate recognizably good
> advocates that can run for office and--most importantly--plenty of
> volunteers to take the case to the wider society.  Some years back, when
> the Green party won over 104,000 votes in this state, I put together a plan
> to organize and field teams that could cover the state, establishing viable
> little groups where the vote was in double digits and cultivating a
> statewide network that would circulate speakers and engage in regular
> public forums and events.
>
> The old Socialists and other insurgents established membership bodies that
> amounted to roughly a tenth of their voting strength.  Out of over 104,000
> voters, we could have put together an organization of several thousand and,
> with the right work, been able to get a significantly higher vote total in
> the next election.   But the self-elected "leaders" feared something of
> which they would not be guaranteed control.  And the bulk of them have
> since slithered off to the Democrats.
>
> As I've pointed out repeatedly, there is no reason why various groups
> couldn't cobble together a united electoral front at the local, state,
> regional or national that could do something like this.  Make it
> people-focused and have confidence that good politics will always prevail
> in a fair fight out in the open.
>
>
>
>
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