The “Progress” in Progressive [Survey]
In a recent article called “Our Progressive Narrative“, I wrote about how we discuss what we believe as Progressives. We are too often caught up in using dense, academic language to express our positions. That is a choice. A bad one. That is why I wrote the passage below.
I was chatting with a group of people and discussed creating a think tank, of sorts. The goal is to give people their proverbial sword and shield to take into ideological battle. Everything we produce will be based on moral, Progressive principle.
SDC- “Simple, Direct and Correct”
Everything we stand for is about having an inclusive society. That is why it is imperative that we communicate as if we want everyone to be involved. We have a reputation for being insufferable know-it-alls. I am here to tell you, especially after the 2016 cycle, it is completely true. Many of you are thinking “Yeah. Those damned Neoliberals!” Slow your roll. It’s not just them. Our #TeamPurity folks are often just as bad.
As in any movement, our interactions should have a purpose. Before we pick up the pen, tap on the keyboard or open our mouths we should know what we want out of the communication. We should be guided by SDC. We should also seek to Clarify, Unify, and Edify.
Our language should make our positions direct and unambiguous. There should be no room for spin or misinterpretation.
We should work to bring differing sections of the Left together. Find out what binds us and amplify that portion of your argument.
This is a hard fight and it will be protracted. It will likely last decades. Our language should uplift, as well as inform.
Time, energy and funding are extremely limited on the Left. Most of us have day jobs, families and other things going on in our lives. Only a handful of us can afford to concentrate on our issues full time. Therefore, we have to decide what our priorities are. I am not saying that you quit working on what you are passionate about. But, those of us that support Progressive issues more broadly and generally should be aware of where the movement needs our energies. Please click the below survey and select your Top 3 Progressive issues.