What To Do When Daily Paul Is GoneSubmitted by Menschken on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 22:29
I take Nystrom at his word. DP is nearing its end and he will pursue other projects. Godspeed to him. He has surely reached more people than I ever will. Those of you with real practical goals, including Michael, can consider the following.
1. politician vetting
We should realize that our movement and community will become the most coveted source of donations and fundraising for up and coming politicians.
We will be viewed as cash cows, suckers and PREY by thousands of political climbers looking to appropriate the 'Ron Paul' name brand and wield Paulian rhetoric as a path to power.
We need a serious effort to identify and vet genuine worthy candidates from opportunists and hucksters, if we are to prevent the complete coopting and dilution of the message, a la the Tea Party 2008-2012.
This doesn't mean we are 100% purists, we do have to accept some degree of self-interest and maneuvering on the part of all politicians, but some degree of vetting is absolutely necessary to maintain the ideological focus of our ideas and the integrity of the Paul brand.
2. home school curriculum
publishing / private teachers and tutors / lecturing
We can take a page from the Christian movement in America to build alternative educational bodies and infrastructure, including publishing, textbooks, guidelines for homeschoolers, etc. Parents cannot be expected to do this all on their own. Many won't even attempt it if there is no credible support structure to turn to.
3. raising/grooming political candidates
retreats / camps / training
4. to expand on 2 & 3 -- political 'bootcamps,' youth summer camp, setting up simple primary school workshops to assist the homeschooling movement, forming homeschooling collectives with shared responsibility between parents, all on the way toward building an alternative educational establishment.
5. accreditation institutions, outside of official college/university system
The accreditation will indicate to us that the school and the student has gone through an educational process deemed proper according to the tenets of our ideological community.
6. "mutual aid" societies/fraternities
Helping each other, working together, knowing who we are, building a common sense of identity outside of, underneath and above present institutions.
7. commercial collectives
Same as 6 but on a commercial level. This can incorporate elements of private currency, like barter organizations, or local scrip issuers, but presumably based around some hard currency component.
8. legal defense funds and legal aide to help us navigate the legal hurdles and pitfalls in creating and implementing these ideas and bodies
9. cultural, non documentary media
10. lobbying, especially local educational lobbying organizations to influence choice of texts and curriculum, perhaps even national lobbying organizations.
We have to play the game as it is actually played, not as we wish it would be played.
The Constitution may be our rallying cry, the bill of rights our '95 theses' nailed to the establishments door, but -- we need to recognize the small 'c' constitution of power as it actually exists, and engage in it according to its rules and realities.
12. fundraising for all projects, especially single purpose projects like production of media
We should pioneer the use of chip-in style fundraising to organize goal based projects. We can contract writers, producers, managers and other non-political talent to carry out projects on a one-time basis to produce a project embraced by the grassroots.
The whole scope of our activity should be aimed at creating an alternative society and set of institutions under the radar and off the grid of our official, corrupt and sclerotic institutions.
Something living, vibrant and lasting beyond single election cycles. Something to catalyze our energies, focus our efforts, and employ our time and talent in a way that accumulates rather than squanders them.
This means building social capital, including institutional and economic capital, and having structures in place to subsume the roles of the state structures we hope to see disappear.
This isn't the job or work of the campaign -- the campaign will be over one way or another by the end of 2012.
This is your work and my work for the next 5 to 10 years and beyond, whether we succeed on the the political level or not. The future doesn't pause because we win or fail to win an election.
Whatever is coming, we need to be there for each other in more than mere words and sentiment