Mothers play a role in their childrens’ lives, yes; but they are not blank cardboard cutouts with nurturing expressions and no political awareness.
We don’t need to take up the Tea Party’s anti-intellectualism to gain popular traction, but we do need to take up the populist messages they’ve cornered. That’s what historically galvanizes the masses in the United States.
On the other hand, progressives have no clear ideology today.
Nothing binds activists together like a shared history of suffering.
If we want to expand our community of progressives, we need to add to our Internet organizing with physical contact.
In an age of irony, who can take such earnestness seriously?