Raised in the suburbs close to Minneapolis, I saw the middle and lower class. The upper, not so much. Although in Richfield our rivals were Edina and Minnetonka, so maybe a little. I grew up in a very mono-chromatic residential neighborhood beginning in 1965. I write about my life then, my political influences, my adoption and prospects of being biracial in Ten Years and Change: A Liberal Boyhood in Minnesota. I write of the impact on me and my family, how it may have indicted their level of progressiveness. Each had come to Minnesota at the start of the heightening of opposition to the war in Vietnam, in the heat of the Civil Rights Movement. My parents each had their own story, what incensed them to be inordinately vocal in their concerns for human rights. I was infused with those views, the milieu they provided, lived, in the house where I grew up. My book can't help itself from being a memoir. It is a history lesson told from the perspective of a gen Xer who sits on the sidelines watching the DFL (Democratic Farmer-Labor) Party splinter in opposing a war. He sees family and their friends, names he comes to know indelibly, support the presidential candidate Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy. What begins as an unprecedented movement to “dump Johnson,” ends in the ignominious defeat of McCarthy, and the very undemocratic victory of Hubert Humphrey, at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Manifestos. Ways to take back what is right. Ways not to ask, or demand, but take back what's been the consensus for years. Dissidents of Anarchy is not a political party, it's not a new corner on the market strategy to take American middle-class workers for a ride. It represents a descent into anarchy, by descendants of that anarchy. It is a breaking away, a refusal to descend into anarchy, which is exactly where America is headed. We are left teetering on the edge of a unicameral cliff, nurturing decorum, protocol, and playing the game with no end in sight. Dissidents of Anarchy is a-political, it is a philosophy, a calling in the cycle that ignores its own reality.
In 1948 and 1968 we saw similar manifestations. First during the final years of the polarization of parties, when parties reversed purposes, when southern Democrats (Dixiecrats) became the last Democrats not to support Civil Rights. This is an important period of history to learn, one that will explain to hard right Republicans that they have long been to hindrance to Civil Rights issues. In 1967 Allan Lowenstein launched a campaign to dump LBJ. The following year the sitting president withdrew his bid for a second term. It was simple, the Vietnam War showed no end in sight with Johnson running things, having fallen victim to the myopic views of hawks, the ego and paranoia, the game with N. Vietnam to blink. Minnesota Senator Gene McCarthy saw that the only hope of ending the war was to make it the center—point of his campaign. We all know how that played out. The point is the people, the majority of whom were against the war and Johnson by '68, rose up and got him to walk away from the race. Such a disembowelment is possible.
Dissidents of Anarchy is a mentality. It asks a paradigm to be changed, of the 98% who has kow-towed to a slim minority of capitalists who have one wish in America, and one wish only; to make themselves wealthy on the backs of the middle-class, the vast majority of America. In seven elections since 1992, the Republican candidate for president has won the popular vote only once. They have, however, won the electoral vote three times. This is not representative of the majority.
- Dissidents of Anarchy promotes a shift to direct elections where the candidate with the least amount of votes will lose, every time.
- DOA promotes a progressive, if not radical, attitude
- DOA does not promote gratuitous or unnecessary violence
- DOA promotes the passive, but assertive, negotiation against the underpinnings of society
- DOA promotes the abolishment of the Electoral College, realizing that this is the single most reason the GOP succeeds in maintaining wealth inequality
- DOA promotes a willingness for violent revolution if necessary
These are the six precepts of Dissidents of Anarchy. It is existential to most things; to racial equality, to economic equality, to the future of America, to the future of the planet. It is not a radical leftist entity, with an intent to “shake things up” in Washington. It is a compromise, hopefully a treatise designed to come up from the grassy roots of the tallest trees, from the outside of a corrupt government. Designed to track the rabbits already down holes, to catch the canary who's living as decades have been mined from the 98%. It is a government who refuses to realize the time's up, that America is causing misery at our border and around the world, that millions struggle to make ends meet, that people are dying.