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Fri Feb 19, 2016, 01:06 AM

in·cre·men·tal·ism

/iNGkrəˈmentlˌizəm/
noun
belief in or advocacy of change by degrees; gradualism.

Use over time for incrementalism


JANUARY 29, 2016
Pragmatism, Incrementalism and the Transformative Moment
by ROB URIE

Be Afraid Little Rabbits

Mainstream American political strategy proceeds from an ever present with few, if any, links to a deeply burdened past. One of the few transformative leaders in modern history, Dr. Martin Luther King, presciently wrote in ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ that if political change is left to those urging caution and patience it will never arrive. In this regard the Democrat Party is a branch of the status quo— it exists to preclude, prevent and otherwise impede threats to the existing order. Cooperative strategies depend on a will to cooperate whereas American political economy exists to create and perpetuate concentrated power. ‘Inequality,’ the case where a few people have grotesquely outsized claims on social resources, is self-perpetuating by design.

The dominant political Parties are oppositional in a narrow sense but they are wholly co-dependent in a broader sense— they exist to define the realm of political possibility in ways that support the status quo. This imposed limitation is brought to the fore when prominent liberals urge caution and patience lest the powers that be tire of granting privileges. The frame of faux realpolitik is a warning from on high— play by the rules or the consequences will be dire. The miscalculation that appears to be unfolding is that circumstances are already dire for a growing number of people. If there were a sense that a credible political response could be achieved through mainstream channels the warning wouldn’t have been seen to be necessary.

For reasons outlined below the current election cycle is either a referendum on the continued viability of the existing political system or it is nothing. Bernie Sanders’ program will die a quick, ignominious death within the Democrat Party or it will substantially end the hold that the dominant Parties have on the realm of political possibility— there is no ‘third way.’ The wealthy few whose interests the Democrat Party represents— Wall Street, multi-national corporations, corporate executives and the inheritance babies who represent a rapidly growing proportion of the ‘Forbes 500,’ like the current arrangement of circumstance just fine. ‘Compromise’ in the face of uncompromising power is capitulation.

Past is Prologue

To understand the current dismal state of the Democrat Party requires some history. In the mid-1970s a bi-partisan counter-revolution was launched against FDR’s New Deal reforms. Democrat President Jimmy Carter, the ‘liberal’ response to the decay of official power from the Vietnam War and the oppressive residual of America’s racial history, was the Barack Obama of his time— poorly regarded by the thinking left as the more politically palatable face of radical capitalist resurgence. By the time that Mr. Carter ran against Ronald Reagan in 1980 few on the left saw reason to support him. After his electoral loss to Mr. Reagan establishment Democrats put forward the revisionist apologia that it was Mr. Carter’s ‘liberal agenda’ that lost the election.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/29/pragmatism-incrementalism-and-the-transformative-moment/

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noiretextatique Feb 2016 OP
Fuddnik Feb 2016 #1
noiretextatique Feb 2016 #2
Lorien Feb 2016 #3
noiretextatique Feb 2016 #4
aquart Feb 2016 #5
noiretextatique Feb 2016 #6
delrem Feb 2016 #7
noiretextatique Feb 2016 #8
delrem Feb 2016 #9
noiretextatique Feb 2016 #10

Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 01:22 AM

1. Incrementalism is leaving things just as they are.

One step forward, two steps back. Or vice versa.

I'm 64 years old, and incrementalism has just made things worse, year by year.

Fuck that shit. I don't have that much time to waste anymore.

Bern down the whole corrupt system.

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Response to Fuddnik (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 01:28 AM

2. it does not seem to apply to banks and corporations

the american public is too big to fail. i am 57, and i hope to see transformative change before i am no more.

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Response to Fuddnik (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 01:31 AM

3. Amen Fuddnik! The PLANET doesn't have time to wait either

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Response to Lorien (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 01:33 AM

4. thanks for the link eom

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 02:37 AM

5. Why would I believe anything that says Democrat Party instead of Democratic Party?

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Response to aquart (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 02:43 AM

6. go to the Clinton group

they post pro-Clinton articles and have banned over 500 people. you can believe everything you read there anti-intellectualism and mindless semantic parsing is all the rage there.

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Response to noiretextatique (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 03:31 AM

7. in the interest of transparency, here's the alert results

On Fri Feb 19, 2016, 03:12 AM an alert was sent on the following post:

go to the Clinton group
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1251&pid=1271772

REASON FOR ALERT

This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate.

ALERTER'S COMMENTS

Really nasty and unprovoked attack. If a question about your OP causes you to attack an entire group of current and active DUERs that have nothing to do with your post then maybe it's time to call it a day

You served on a randomly-selected Jury of DU members which reviewed this post. The review was completed at Fri Feb 19, 2016, 03:23 AM, and the Jury voted 3-4 to LEAVE IT.

Juror #1 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #2 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #3 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: get a life
Juror #4 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: Disagree with the candidate, but be civil to your fellow DU members, even if you don't approve of their stance/candidate.
Juror #5 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: I see not attack. Ridiculous alert.
Juror #6 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #7 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: This is exceedingly borderline for me. I've heard similar sentiments in the past being posted about both the Hillary and Bernie forums and therefore I'm almost inclined to let it remain. But, on the other hand, I think it is somewhat of a group attack and a bit over the top. I vote hide but with some uncertainty over my decision

Thank you very much for participating in our Jury system, and we hope you will be able to participate again in the future.

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Response to delrem (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 03:55 AM

8. thanks.

people who quibble over superficial things, with nothing of substance to offer, should refrain from responding.

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Response to noiretextatique (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 04:41 AM

9. Everything is being alerted on now.

They're going for hides and time-outs.
I thought you'd like to know how your tame and benign posts are being targeted.

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Response to delrem (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 04:46 AM

10. thanks...i am aware

i killed a sacred cow frankly, it was about time someone did. good looking out.

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