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What Role Can Nonstrategic Mass Movements Play in Social Change?

mass action makes the most sense as part of a well-thought-out and multidimensional campaign. And yet, I’m more optimistic…about the power of a one-off mass action to build momentum for change

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Why Did Pepsi Get Attacked As “Tone-Deaf” On This Ad?

demonizes the Other without even listening, even when the Other is mere steps away on the political spectrum, dividing rather than uniting and leaving us all at risk when the real forces of repression sweep in

Posted in Activism, censorship, Corporate Social Responsibility, Democracy, Diversity, Ethics: General, language, Marketing Trends/News, Media Ethics, media-general, Politics, propaganda, Protests and Crackdowns, Psychology, Shel's Personal Life, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Will Budweiser’s Gamble Pay Off?

makes Budweiser’s “Born the Hard Way” Superbowl ad so surprising, almost shocking. The football-adoring working-class male Bud drinker (a big part of their audience) is one of the demographics most likely to have voted for DT.

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George Lakey: DT’s Repression is a Huge Opportunity for the Movement

Instead of defending the weak centrist gains of the past 30 years, we go beyond and organize for our wider goals…pushing for a new, kinder, people- and planet-centered normal.

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, Activism, Democracy, Demographics/Psychographics, Diversity, language, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, People Helping People, Politics, poverty, Protests and Crackdowns, Psychology, Shel's Personal Life, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

And THIS is Why Trump Won!

When Sanders trounced her by 13 points in the Wisconsin primary, she didn’t see the warning signs. She didn’t see that people were hurt and angry and demanding change. She didn’t bother to campaign in Wisconsin, while Trump visited five times in the past few months.

Posted in Activism, Democracy, Demographics/Psychographics, Diversity, Ethics in Government, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, Marketing Trends/News, People Helping People, Politics, Psychology, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , ,

Meeting Hate with Hate is Not the Answer

This makes his refusal to be bound by facts more understandable. Catch him in a lie and he denies he ever said it, or denies it means what it appears to—because to admit and apologize would pry loose his grip on the minds of his followers.

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When Does Social Change Work Become a “Calling”?

A few times in my life, I’ve experienced a genuinely calling: a feeling that I was put into this place at this time to do something.

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Did Obama Create Trump?

Trump’s thinking is a logical extension of his party’s reach for the bottom of the bottom of the bottom of the barrel…that began in the GOP nearly 50 years ago. He is merely the next step the Republican Party has aimed toward for decades.

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Orange-Hair’s Pivot

[Trump] claims that his temperament is his best asset. Let’s take him at his word—and give a landslide vote in November that repudiates that temperament and doesn’t expose us to the dangers of his other, presumably worse attributes.

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Don’t Bait-And-Switch–Intentionally or Not

I had just signed a petition he originated on gun control, and wanted to share it. I didn’t check how it posted on FB. I felt tricked and betrayed enough to take the entire post down. Let him get signatures some other way.

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