1. We're between elections with no clear goals/leadership. The agenda is wide open.
2. A lot of "serious" GOP activists are either taking a break or busy serving in their elected positions.
3. I'm still recovering from last elections and I don't know how much longer I can keep this up. This movement is a ton of fun but it's destroying me financially. I can't imagine I'm alone in that. "activist attrition".
4. We are flypaper for loons. I might be classified a loon but this has been going on for some time, right back into Aaron Russo days. There's this class of people that come in, hang up their hat and immediately begin attempting to set the agenda. These people are usually fantastically ego driven and they tend to manifest frustration that we're not all doing it their way. But there's just not that many other places for these people to try to fit into. The between-cycle thing kinda reveals these people whereas they are kind of lost in the momentum during cycles.
5. A large part of the movement is going off grid and offline. In fact we're a factory for this type of thing. It was once said that the difference between an activist and an anarchist is two election cycles and a huge amount of us came in expecting to make a real and immediate impact. These are now thoroughly disillusioned by the system. But these are often the people with the highest energy levels and the most productive work habits. This kind of leaves us with learners. Nothing wrong with that but answering the same questions over and over gets boring. Why can't they just google this stuff? What I realize now is that some people learn from other people, it works for them.
6. We might be seeing more of this as we mainstreamize. We used to be 100% people who were radically ahead of the curve. Our composition will increasingly reflect the mainstream. Hope this doesn't sound too harsh but it's not exactly making us smarter on average.
Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.
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