Second Circle: Middle Majority of the Working People: A Simple Spin Wheel Model to Build Alliance and Power across the Soft “Left and Right”

By Partha Banerjee.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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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.

Keywords: Alliance, Center, Coalition, Democracy, Elections, Elite, Equality, Families, Justice, Left, Media, Middle Majority, Model, Moderate, Moral, Philosophy, Power, Right, Second Circle, Working People

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.13-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.086MB).

Dr. Partha Banerjee

Outreach and Special Events Coordinator, The Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. Center for Labor Studies, Empire State College, New York, New York, USA

Dr. Partha Banerjee is a first-generation immigrant-turned-U.S. citizen from Calcutta, India. He’s known for his peace, human rights and social justice work: as a longtime community organizer, policy advocate, teacher, writer and speaker. He has worked on both sides of the national and international media: first as a Columbia University-trained journalist and news producer, and then as an interviewee and news maker. His post-9/11 anti-hate crimes grassroots work where he built broad-based coalitions across working America received wide media coverage; as a media activist, his insider critique and exposé of Oscar-awarded documentary Born Into Brothels is well-publicized. Partha now teaches and outreaches for the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies at Empire State College; he interacts with hundreds of union workers and role model leaders. While in India, Partha worked with right wing politics for years; then, first in India and then in the U.S., he affiliated with the left. His many years of grassroots politics convinced him about what he calls an “artificial and purposeful divide” between the moderate left and right; he now believes there are many more overlaps than differences across them, and it’s time we brought them together for solidarity and empowerment.


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