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Coalition, Not Conflation.

Submitted by RedIsNowGreen in Politics

Conflation of LGBTQ or other social wedge issue agendas with political agendas alienates what might otherwise be allies, thus aiding the HAVEs by keeping the HAVENOTs divided and fighting each other rather than uniting against their common oppressors. Coalition, not conflation.

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mofongo wrote (edited )

Social issues agendas are political issues. Communism is meaningless without it. The abolition of the current way of things does not come by ignoring some parts and focusing on others. Everything is important.

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RedIsNowGreen wrote

"Everything" cannot be important - at least not at the same time. To "win", one must prioritize then pick their battles. Choosing battles around which the broadest alliances can be formed increases the chance for success. Myopic focus on objectives that benefit relatively few while ignoring or alienating many plays right into the hands of the HAVEs, who work hard to keep the HAVENOTs focused on our differences rather than our similarities, thereby minimizing the likelihood that we will ever unite (at least long enough) to overcome our common oppressors.

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mofongo wrote

  1. History shows, time and time again, that having a mass line in revolutionary time is inviting the counter revolution in. In no revolutionary times is voting Democrat. Ideology does not being revolution, there's no need to make room to those that feel unaccepted by the demand of acceptance and understanding of those different than them.

  2. Stop trying to modernize the language, bourgeoise and proletariat have precise definitions for a reason. Changing it to haves dilutes what you're trying to say, to focus and infantilize your audience. It's doing exactly the thing you're complaining about.

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RedIsNowGreen wrote

The simpler the language used, the easier it is for people to understand.

I'm good with the "HAVEs vs HAVENOTs" paradigm.

But thanks for your feedback.

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rot wrote

Conflation of ecological conservation or other social wedge issue agendas with political agendas alienates what might otherwise be allies, thus aiding the HAVEs by keeping the HAVENOTs divided and fighting each other rather than uniting against their common oppressors. Coalition, not conflation.

Hear how that sounds when you read it? All for all. You can't ignore the struggles of LGBTQ+ people while fighting for equity. 'Prioritizing' one group over another will never achieve that. Especially with the overlap between the working class and those of us who are LGBTQ+ and our allies