Working people who consider themselves moderate “left” or “right” have more overlaps than differences. Below are a few commonalities: (1) economic disparity and frustrations on social mobility: living wages, unpredictable workplace, loss of health care, home and savings, unaffordable college costs, ever-increasing debts, and consequent despair are major issues; (2) feeling of “left-out” by the elite center in power: not included in democratic processes; (3) discontent on peace, right, justice and human dignity: state repression, global warfare and poverty issues; (4) helplessness on destruction of earth and environment: BP disaster, Hurricane Katrina, unrestricted oil drilling and deforestation, and consequent global warming; (5) fast-worsening stability and security situation for the children: fear of incessant war, terrorism and violence. Can the poor working man and woman strengthen themselves to a position of power? Can we empower the middle majority – which I call the Second Circle – driven by coalition building across the working class, in a non-violent way? What are the obstacles? I propose a simple “spin wheel” model to envision energized collaboration across the moderate left and right working-class spectrum (by going around, and not through, the center), eventually empowering the Second Circle, and through the process disempowering the iron-walled center and separatist extremist right and left. I believe that with evolving action plans (including but not limited to elections), the Second Circle will win and assume power. With such power, a conscious, ethical, pro-people leadership of working people will be able to make real, serious philosophical and political changes – changes that the status-quo center always promises, but never delivers. The artificial left-right divide is deliberately created by the forces in power aided by corporate media; it’s been detrimental for the working people and families. It’s time we go beyond the archaic box and come together to bring about systemic changes.
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Outreach and Special Events Coordinator, The Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. Center for Labor Studies, Empire State College, New York, New York, USA
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