civics as usual

civics as usual

General principles of civics as usual.

Good and bad about how people get involved.

REQUIREMENTS Almost everyone who gets involved with politics because they want to make change. The two basic requirements are common to all entrants.
  • Opinionated - they believe in protecting or creating something.
  • Motivated - they are not just an armchair critic - but willing to do something.

Bad things that are good to have

  • political allegiance - most non-wealthy people who enter successfully have lifelong allegiance to one of the existing parties. - deep partisans succeed were moderates fail.
  • backers - being part to an industry, ethnicity, union, religion, or advocacy group that supports you.
  • No family commitments - politics quickly becomes life consuming for those involved.
  • Money - obviously if you have to support yourself or your family while you are doing politics you don't have much of a chance.

Unfortunately most of the people who get involved don't stay involved, and the fraction of those who try

loners, cliques, groups, factions, tribes.

the unbearable brightness of critics.

how bad ideas survive and thrive.

why can't we all just get along?

the useless things they teach in school

binge thinking


media awareness

intelligence, wisdom and stupidity.

why vote?

anger, fear, hope and joy

being organized (and why we hate it).

the mutual admiration society

activism or group counselling?

speaking democracy and doing tyrrany