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Lessons from History: What Progressives Do

Some of the conditions and the solutions we are dealing with now have been dealt with before and we can learn from them. NPA founder Anthony Noel wrote this two part article for MyFDL in June 2011 and it is just as relevant today.  The case of the NDP Party in Canada is particularly interesting. (By the way, the Unified Platform he refers to has since been completed and can be found here.)

Part Two is equally important and concerns what progressives don't do. Aside from the "No third party candidate can win!" democrats also use these excuses extensively.

  • Lesser of Two Evils (LOTE): At least we are not republicans.
  • Half a Loaf of Bread: Getting something is better than getting nothing. This hides the fact that what the democrats frequently get is nothing disguised as a real improvement.
  • Republicans are Worse: Just look at their rhetoric and ignore our actual results.
  • False helplessness before minority republicans: Contrast with Bush Jr. who despite a democratic majority in both houses still did whatever the hell he wanted to.
  • Progress not perfection: This is said to hide the lack of progress.
  • This is the most important election ever! or This election is just too important!
  • Elect democrats and then hold their feet to the fire.
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Our Founder’s Story

When I first started working with Tony Noel as the New Progressive Alliance was being formed I had the impression that he was fabulously rich with an extensive staff. Certainly his attention to detail in the different organizational types available was beyond me and I practiced law many years ago. He frequently got input from people around the country and I envisioned him with a private jet that I might be able to get a ride in someday. In fact, he is a cabinet and boat maker on the outer shores of North Carolina with a reputation as a colorful writer for the local newspapers.  The money he spent was saved from years of effort to help his beloved country.  (In case it is not clear, his beloved country is the U.S.A.) It is interesting to hear him tell his background in his own words. To understand the full context of the below article see the complete writing in his four articles at “So You Want to Reform the Democrats from Within? Part Two”  

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Don’t Let These Politicians Fool You

    Many democrats consistently play the role of the conscience of the Democratic Party while voting effectively with Republicans. They also vilify Republicans while giving democrats a pass for the same behavior. Between 2007 and 2009 the democrats had a majority the republicans had not had since before World War I – not World War II, World War I! And yet they claimed they were a helpless victim before the minority republicans. Contrast with Bush Jr. who despite a democratic majority in both houses still did whatever the hell he wanted to.  

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Gary Swing on Election Reform

Election Reform is point eight of the Unified Platform.  Gary Swing is a Colorado candidate who bravely ran for Congress twice as a Green Party member with the full support of the New Progressive Alliance. Though unfunded, Gary worked tirelessly against great odds to get out unpleasant truths both major parties ignored. Because Gary has been in the arena more than once fighting the good fight, I think his comments on election reform are very germane.

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So You Want to Reform the Democrats from Within? Part One

    Reforming the democrats from within is an honorable intention. In fact, that is how the New Progressive Alliance started in 2010. See About NPA. Unfortunately we found just as the neocons co-opted conservatives, the Democratic Party and neolibs co-opted liberals. There is now no significant difference between the two major parties.

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So You Want to Reform the Democrats from Within? Part Two

    If you are still determined to reform the democrats from within and ignore their performance as documented by over 5,000 references in Part One, then here are some guidelines written by Anthony Noel back in October of 2010 on FireDogLake when the New Progressive Alliance was also trying to reform the democrats from within. See About NPA. Anthony Noel is a founder of the NPA and an award-winning writer, editor, and small-town journalist.

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Public Comments 2015

The New Progressive Alliance periodically makes Public Comments by itself or with other organizations to federal agencies and legislative bodies in the United States and Canada in support of the Unified Platform. They are also mentioned in the Annual Reports.

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2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

  • The New Progressive Alliance (NPA) continued to expand our organizational outreach and are now allied with nineteen other national and international organizations including 350, America Changes Today, Antemedius, Corporate Reform Coalition, Global Campaign for Climate Action (Tck Tck Tck), Green Party of Washington State, Green Party of Monmouth County New Jersey, Move to Amend, North Carolina Independents,  Old Elm Tree, Peaceful Uprising, Peoples’ Truck, Popular Resistance, Qualiatica Press, Radicals’ Clothing, Rootstrikers, Take Back America for the People, Tar Sand Actions,  and We Are the Democracy. (see http://newprogs.org/our-allies)
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Public Comments 2014

The New Progressive Alliance periodically makes Public Comments by itself or with other organizations to federal agencies and legislative bodies in the United States and Canada in support of the Unified Platform. These are the 16 comments we made in 2014. They are also mentioned in the Annual Reports.

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Public Comments 2013

The New Progressive Alliance periodically makes Public Comments by itself or with other organizations to federal agencies and legislative bodies in the United States and Canada in support of the Unified Platform. These are the 22 comments we made in 2013. They are also mentioned in the Annual Reports.

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