Went to see Evan Falchuk talk at The Humanist Hub in Harvard Square on Sunday. Wanted to ask him about running a political campaign as a practical, grassroots organizing venture where you leave something active behind whether you win or not. Did so but don’t think he absorbed the concept.
Something he did talk about was the way the Boston Olympics bid is an end-run around the democratic process. There was a Boston Globe reporter there to cover that angle (hmmm, any conflict of interest between the Globe and the Olympics?). One thing Falchuk said led me to think that, perhaps, the Olympics bid is actually a stealth way to advance a local transportation and development agenda by the group that is backing it. He said that the Olympics organizers are already advertising their effort as a way to think about those issues but shouldn’t we be debating those issues on their own without the complication of such an event?
I know that the transportation issue has been hotly debated for many years and even went to a joint meeting of state environmental groups at the start of the last session of the legislature which dealt with the need to develop a consistent transportation plan before the session ended. Gee, I wonder how that went.
Just a thought from my suspicious mind but maybe others with more experience in the issues should give it a moment’s consideration.
Falchuk comes across as a smart guy. The United Independent Party plans to run a slate of candidates for the legislature next election and is organizing to get 1% of registered voters to register as party members, thus assuring that they keep their place on the ballot. From my experience, they are more savvy than the Greens have ever been.