2017 Ten Commandments for Progressive US Politics

2017 Ten Commandments for Progressive US Politics:

1) Do not fire on your own side: friendly fire sucks. Save your ammunition for the enemy: the GOP and Trump and yes they are the enemy, not something to empathized with, only understood to defeat.
2) Think strategically: make moves after you have figured out how the enemy will respond and factored that into your decision making and be ready to adapt if your strategy is not working/the enemy’s response is unexpected.
3) Learn from your mistakes in the past and learn from your future mistakes as you make them: make the Democratic Party a learning not blaming organization. And learn from the enemy.
4) It’s the economy stupid, so time the Democrats had a real strategy to run the economy in a way that provides value add, sustainable jobs and is based understanding economics
5) It’s the planet stupid: no planet no economy so build sustainability into your economic policy.
6) Build coalitions and building coalitions means you can’t be purist, you have to trade and make compromises. This is not corrupt if the coalitions are interest based and principled
7) Understand the system before attempting to hack it
8) Restore democracy by overturning gerrymandering and voter suppression
9) A vision without a strategic path to deliver it is worthless
10) We need a new generation of young leaders who understand and can operationalize all this. Where are they?


About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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