Liberty, Prosperity... (Meme in Labor)
So according to MoveOn.org, there are attempts to organize 'emergency' rallies in every state capital in solidarity with the ongoing labor protests in Wisconsin and elsewhere. Given that I'm now free on Saturdays, having parted ways with my retail job, I'm thinking of attending the hypothetical Austin rally if it actually comes about. If I go, I'd like to carry a sign- a sign with a slogan.
Remember my half-baked idea to turn some of the content on Corrente into a newsletter? That never really got off the ground, did it? It failed because I underestimated the amount of time it would take, and I overestimated the amount of free time I have. Having worked now for more than six months in the aftermath of graduating college, I have a much finer appreciation for how people can be too busy to protest or organize. The twin responsibilities of working my current job and searching for a better job hasn't left me enough time to organize and disseminate any kind of publication- to say nothing of not having even that small amount of money to spare. Even now, having switched jobs, I don't think I have the time to work on a newsletter.
But I do have the time to propagate a meme- I think we all do.
Ian says one of the big problems with the American Left is that we have no coherent ideology- no 'simple demand,' as the protestors across the Arab world and Africa do. This is arguably because their problems have been much starker than ours, and the solutions are equally stark: they are ruled by dictators, so their simple demand is that the dictators leave and that democracy be implemented. The political situation in the United States is more complicated, and as a result our demands from the Left can become equally complex. Keep It Simple Stupid, the saying goes, and that's what I feel has to be done if we're to rally the plain people of the United States.
I like the three demands that are often voiced here on this blog:
1. Medicare for All
2. End the Wars
3. Soak the Rich
But I feel we can get even simpler, and perhaps more elegant as well. So I'm trying to come up with something short enough to spread as a meme. Something we can put in our signatures on message boards, that we can put up on posters scattered around town, something we can spray-paint onto overpasses and subway tunnels. Something we can say in one breath.
I'm heavily in favor of a tripartite motto- a slogan in three words. In this I'd like to echo the great French motto: liberté, égalité, fraternité, born during the Revolution and now the national motto of France. The history of the motto is somewhat interesting- apparently fraternité didn't get tacked on right away, and there were a number of three-part mottos that circulated at the Revolution's outset. But that there were so many speaks, I think, to the strength of the concept. Three words are all we should need.
As the title suggests, right now I'm leaning heavily on two words: Liberty and Prosperity. I feel these two concepts encompass a lot of the things we want for our country. As was the case with the French Revolutionaries, however, I'm bouncing back and forth on the third word. I think it has to end with a '-ty' to maintain the harmony of the sounds. I'm stuck on a few choices: Equality? Fraternity? Solidarity?
What do you all think?