Paul Jay of the Real News Network interviews David Swanson, the co-founder of the AfterDowningStreet.org coalition. David blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online activist organization http://rootsaction.org
It’s late and I although I’m assuming tomorrow will not be a late night, The Barcalounger is not so placed that I can see the future from it. So I’ll make two quick observations, take some aspirin, and head for bed. (And do check me against the handy transcript.)
1. Jay seems unable to come to grip with The Eternal Question: “Are the elites stupid and/or evil?” (hat tip Atrios). Even if that’s the wrong question, I don’t think it’s one as easily dismissed as Jay seems to think that it can be, especially if you identify evil with lack of empathy (which, I’m sure the Buddha or some such would remind us, and plenty of vanguards have forgotten, goes two ways…).
2. Reading about the use of micro-targeting by both campaigns — and the fantastic sums of money involved — it seems reasonable to ask whether “the election year” is a construct that is soon to be abandoned. What would Swanson’s “independent movement” look like if the campaigns became permanent, not just on K Street, but among our wired up and hooked in friends and neighbors?