Liberals and radicals are not on the same team. Liberals protect power. Radicals seek to dismantle it.
Radicals dream of something new, and go out into the streets to demand it. Liberals seek to protect the status quo.
How many liberals in one city block will defend our electoral system, falsely claiming that if only we only eliminate the corrupting effect of out-of-control campaign contributions, all will be well? Or defend our prison system, claiming that we don’t have a better method for keeping “safe”? Or say that we need “police accountability” without seeing the systemic-violence forest for the trees? Or chase some sort of green capitalism pipe dream, when we need real solutions to climate change?
The author seems to define a radical by the person’s willingness to engage in civil disobedience. But this is only one tiny manifestation of what makes a real radical: A vision that is so vast and transformative that it compels a person to act entirely outside the dominant paradigm, because the dominant paradigm is a false and insane set of 3D glasses that only pretends to depict real life.
I do not wish to live in a world in which we radicals are used as a tool of liberals so that they can achieve their policy objectives.
No, my friends, I do not see radicals and liberals as needing each other. I see radicals as the real visionaries. Liberals are the ones telling us to be practical, sell out, compromise. But no. Our dreams do not stop at your policies. We dream outside the margins of the systems that you hold dear. Liberals are not needed by radicals so that they can wash out and dilute what we are really aiming for. No radical needs a liberal to do that.
Please, my friends, let yourself dream bigger, and dream in full color!!