I had a interesting discussion on line with a Bernie Sanders supporter and this was one of my comments:
You miss my point. Sanders could well win the swing voters, but turn off millions of others. And of course voters are not going deep and looking for my systemic solution. My point is that the Left needs a systemic approach to underlie its strategy and tactics just like the Right has since the Powell Memorandum.
Their strategy understands how to corrupt, how to tell divisive stories, how to demonize, how to use the Other, how to use alleged social mobility to support tax cuts for the rich, and how to deny climate change etc. They are very systemic and strategic if also insanely short sighted about the planet and civilization. They are wantons never asking why they want what they want.
In the Left’s case the profound problem is our split identity as voters. We are workers wanting good pay, secure jobs, pensions etc. We are consumers wanting cheap, high quality goods and services. We are shareholders via our pension funds wanting a good return on our saving/pensions. We are patients wanting affordable healthcare, yet 20% of us work in wasteful health sector. And we are inhabitants of this planet wanting clean air, water and no climate change.
To figure out how we can have a political strategy that appeals to these four or more identities (we are from our family, city, state, our country but also humans) requires someone with the depth of thinking of say Marx, or Keynes and that we ‘ave not got. Their detailed thinking is not what you pitch to the voters. But out of their detailed thinking you craft short cogent political messages and strategies.
I work on this and it will likely take 10 years hard work by the Left and they haven’t even started, realized it is needed and we don’t have 10 years, should have been doing this since 1972.