The obsessive focus on electoral politics has to be combined with practical efforts at mutual aid and support. Yes, vote. Yes, campaign. Yes, do door knocking. Yes, build your party. But also do what you can outside the electoral system – organize community gardens (we’re probably going to need the food), clean up the neighborhood, check in on the elderly, whatever you can do to build a community and not just a political party.
In these times when elections are not necessarily free, fair, and honest, we have to build local social structures that can deliver practical results to counter some of the effects of a political system that has been captured by big money boyz and grifters. Doing nothing but building the party for the next election and giving away all your power to elected representatives is not democracy, in my opinion. Democracy is do it yourself so do it yourself and with others.
To repeat, before I am totally slagged, Yes, vote. Yes, campaign. Yes, do door knocking. Yes, build your party. But also do what you can outside the electoral system down here on the ground that makes a difference today, even if it seems infinitesimally small.
Incidentally, when the lockdown first began, I was inspired by the wave of mutual aid efforts I saw and tried to collect them and disseminate them (my inclination and my skillset) but I have not seen anyone with a public platform do the same. I haven’t seen, for instance, a local TV station run a campaign to funnel those who want to do something to those who are organized to do so, I haven’t heard a politician do the same. Why not? My suspicion is that a) people with power tend not to recognize voluntary association and mutual aid when it is happening and b) if they do, it is a threat unless people with power can control it. Such direct action for practical purposes by ordinary people make people with power nervous because it makes their power superfluous and redundant.
Anyway, that is my observation and I can certainly be wrong. I might have missed power’s support for the flowering of mutual aid that the pandemic has brought forth and would be happy to hear about where it has actually happened.https://bluemassgroup.com/2020/05/politics-is-for-power-an-indictment-of-everything-weve-ever-done-here/#comment-422660
I would only add: “The obsessive focus on Presidential politics especially.”