It’s Not the Enemy’s Fault When They Win Elections

I posted on the recent Australian election result, but it will apply when the Democrats likely lose in the USA in 2020 too:

“When the Evil Bastard Party wins in any country, it is not usually the fault of the Evil Bastards, so much as the lack of good strategy of the Good People Party. Or that’s the only useful way to look at it, given the Evil Bastard Party are not going to change what works for them, so the only thing we can change is to make the Good People Party way better. Don’t waste time mourning, learn, regroup and build a better strategy to smash the Evil Bastard Party next time.”

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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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4 Responses to It’s Not the Enemy’s Fault When They Win Elections

  1. Toby Thaler says:

    It’s difficult to for the “good people party” to win when it is run by a slightly less fascist group of the oligarchy. Neoliberals or whatever. Joe Biden. He polls well now, but imagine how high the percentage of disgusted “good people” won’t bother to vote for someone who’s been so un-progressive on policy for so long.

    • But Neo Liberalism makes perfect sense when the real Left can’t be assed to learn economics, to understand capitalism, to understand the system to hack it. One can’t hack/replace a system you don’t being to understand. There is no point in radical government even unless you have a new ideally tested system to replace the existing one. The problem goes back to Lenin who seized power clueless about what to replace the existing system with. Revolutionaries and reformers alike have been winning power for a century with the same cluelessness. I was hopeful that Occupy Wall Street would finally turn the attention of the Left to economics which is dominated by Free Market Fundamentalist Madrassas like Chicago School. And spare me Modern Monetary Theory. The Left hasn’t had a useful new idea in economics since about 1936. I work on that but not hopeful of any audience.

  2. Toby Thaler says:

    We need an economics of degrowth. There’s quit a bit out there about it. Like this: https://degrowth.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Kallis_2012_The-economics-of-degrowth.pdf

    Collapse of some sort appears to be inevitable. The details of how geographically broad and lengthy the ‘coming dark ages’ will be is unknowable without a time machine (which violates the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics).

    The left—meaning democratic in both the politics and economics of governance, also called “progressive”, “anti-authoritarian,” and other terms—is fragmented to hell. It will be interesting to watch things continue to deteriorate. Opportunities will increase along with the stress.

    • Well said. And the collapse is tragic because avoidable. For the opportunities to increase we need fresh progressive thinking which in our case we ‘ave not got…..ways to understand what is happening, frame it, hack the system by understanding it and most important of all design replacements parts and whole to be ready. No sign of that, just intellectual torpor on the Left….

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