Friday, September 01, 2006

The Psychology Of Micro-Activism

As I've been ruminating on my "Preaching To The Choir" concept, I've been thinking about how we get inactive progressives to step up. One way could be micro-activism. Instead of coming up with the biggest donation you can muster, just stick a drop in a bucket.

That's what I'm talking about with the Hooterville For Habitat project - you don't have to be George Soros to make a difference. If you come across something that sparks your interest or you feel is deserving, kick in $10. Or $5. Any donation, no matter how small, is better that none. Not only that, but it gets you into the feeling of participation, which is the main purpose. Instead of throwing yourself full-time into someone's campaign, just phone bank for one night, from your cell phone. Or offer some other skill you have - for a couple of hours.

The point of micro-activism isn't the amount. It's involvement versus non-involvement. I kicked in $20 to DownWithTyranny's Blue America project. That's not going to send the accountants into a tizzy, but it means I'm supporting it with my action. It's psychological more than financial, really.

If you want to talk about a war, the war in question is a psychological one, being waged against us by the powers that have a vested interest in our capitulation, our passivity. And so far they've been winning. Look at what they've been able to do to this country (and the rest of the world) because we haven't stopped them.

This is the ultimate in Psy-Ops, and we've been trying to fight fire with wood. We have to learn and understand their methods so we can fight them effectively. The majority of Americans may not be gung-ho activists, but if we can get them to just stick their toes in the water, they'll at least be present and accounted for, which can change a lot of things. Remember, this is psychological, not logical. We have to understand that before anything can get better.


Jolly Roger said...

I take the fight to them.

It serves two purposes. (1) is that I get my views displayed in the winger environment, (2) my point of view appears in Google searches of winger blogs.

And I appreciate it when they link to one of my rants as it gives me an excuse to "visit" with them. Strangely enough, however, my name and URL don't work at a lot of winger blog sites anymore :)

Alicia Morgan said...

My hat is off to you - I just can't manage it. It's fun to rile them all up, but I don't want them stinking up my blog. You're a braver soul than I. Putting the truth in front of them is like pearls before swine.

If you get a minute, though, would you send me some links where you're posting? It wouod be interesting to read.