Current topics appear in this order:
Role of democratic reforms, including money out of politics.
Pressuring Congress; electing a new one.
Running people in local elections.
Inclusiveness (race, sex, orientation).
Taking over the Democratic Party; pushing it to the left
Where workplace and community self-organizing fit in.
Need for, prospects of a nonviolent popular uprising.
Working democratically, coordinating nationally.
Adding to Bernie’s focus on income inequality and failed democracy.
Making BeyondBernie.org more effective.
Is working for democratic reforms such as money out of politics, proportional representation, and instant runoff voting the way to go?No Responses June 6, 2016 11:07 am
How valuable is trying to elect to local offices people who understand the systemic problems?No Responses June 6, 2016 11:05 am
Inclusiveness: how can we insure that we are a place where everyone who can contribute can feel welcome?No Responses June 6, 2016 11:04 am
Can the Democratic Party be reformed, whether by pushing it to the left or taking it over from below (through county central committees), or is it beyond redemption, requiring us to focus our efforts elsewhere?
What is the relationship of new local forms such as worker cooperatives, community gardens, and neighborhoods self-organizing for safety (to reduce outside policing), to the political revolution?
Can and should any limitations of the previous strategies be met by building a movement for a massive nonviolent uprising, such as those that unseated governments in Eastern Europe and the Middle East?
These failed in their ultimate aims because, in general, they were so spontaneous that other undemocratic forces were able to move in, but they do show that even highly repressive governments can be toppled when the people stop consenting to their rule. The question is whether anything less will succeed here and — if not — should this be our aim.
one response December 13, 2014 9:10 pm
If national organization is needed, what forms and practices permit unified action where necessary while applying real internal democracy and appropriate local autonomy? Or is it more a matter of creating networks?No Responses December 13, 2014 9:08 pm
Bernie focuses on income inequality and lack of democracy, and — to some extent — climate change. Are there reasons not to broaden our agenda to equally include such matters as institutional racism, an interventionist foreign policy, and the gigantic military-industrial complex that goes with it?No Responses December 13, 2014 12:53 am
How can this Beyond Bernie effort be improved?No Responses December 10, 2014 10:14 pm