The Evil of Two Lessers?

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Mon Aug 14 07:09:22 PDT 2000

Carrol Cox wrote:

>Doug Henwood wrote:
>> It's pretty damn weird, considering that the moralists lost the
>> impeachment battle. Where's this shit coming from?
>Most political battles (electoral or non-electoral, left or right) are
>won not by reaching new people but by mobilizing the people one already
>has. (That number expands or contracts behind one's back, one's own
>actions not having much to do with it.) And in electoral politics that
>means getting people to vote -- which in turn requires generating
>enthusiasm and energy among the core cadre. Apparently, rightly or
>wrongly, Gore & Bush both think that the way to energize that cadre is
>through moralism.

To my previous I should add... Maybe the mainstreamers have a lesson for the radicals here - that energizing your core cadre isn't enough, and that you need to reach out for converts. Works for them; might work for us.


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