"The oligarchs prevent the creation of a genuinely fair electoral playing field via a rigged campaign finance system and the rollback of voting rights. "
We play into the oligarch's hands by using their electoral playing field.
"A program needs spokespeople, and it really helps when those spokespeople are or will be in government."
Spokespeople can be bribed, given revolving doors, threatened, character assassinated or just assassinated. Does a direct grassroots democracy need spokespeople or just information and the ability to make laws?
"U.S. progressives need to recruit train, and assist real champions like Syriza's Tsipras and Podemos's Pablo Iglesias".
Has not our dependence on "champions" been our problem all along? Why not let the Internet be our champion and our encrypted votes our laws?
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