Many people want to revert to local activity, in order to build really-existing components of the future party which they can see and touch, and personally know to be real and substantial.
Sadly, the lower you aim, sometimes the lower you get. If you’re not attacking the whole picture, you inspire fewer people. Occupy was inspiring because it was massive in sweep and scope. We can be like Kasama and consciously go for the whole thing – not just because it’s what we want, but because it works.
If an organization is a webwork of relationships between people (and a series of ideas), then the webwork of relationships across distance in a national organization can be just as real as
In fact, Millennials are increasingly finding their online friends to be equally as, or more, real than their in-person friends.
It buggers the distinction between “real” and “on the Internet.” Probably we should begin saying “on the Internet” vs. in-person instead, coming to grips with the fact that Internet phenomena effect in-person behaviors as well as political events, and they are now both real.
Local-vs.-national is the same problem as movement-vs.-party. Going national feels wrong. It feels too ambitious, feels delusional. But it’s not. It’s preparatory. It’s necessary.