There are two definitions to extortion; and the second one does not necessarily imply breaking the law. Dictionary defines extortion as “oppressive extraction.”
If another neo-liberal is nominated by the Democrats in 2020, they will use the oppressive Trump to extract your vote for the establishment’s choice. That was their playbook in 2016 after they rigged the primaries to insure the pre-ordained candidate of Wall Street, Hillary Clinton, was the Party nominee. “If you don’t vote for Clinton, the racist, sexist, revolting plutocrat Donald Trump will become President” was used to compel the votes of progressives rather than Clinton running on a populist platform. Using Trump to compel support for Clinton was “oppressive extraction,” and the establishment will, in Caitlin Johnstone’s version, this time say “All that matters is defeating the Orange Menace. Stop yelling and fall in line behind Uncle Joe/Auntie Kamala/Weird Stepbrother Beto. Do you want another four years of Trump? Then shut up and fall in line.”
Electoral leverage is a strategy that makes use of the same type of extortion during the primaries to compel support for either a candidate (Bernie or Bust, Tulsi or Trash the Democratic Party) or an ideology (#ProgressiveOrBust). It targets both rank and file party members and the elites called super-delegates. Bernie or Bust 2.0 means if the Democratic Party nominee does not end up being Senator Sanders or Representative Gabbard, we will not vote for the Party nominee. Because he is not running to win the nomination, RAP will not add Senator Mike Gravel. Electoral leverage stems from thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of voters taking the Bernie or Bust 2.0 Voter Pledge. (If you do not know your congressional district number, use your zip code to find it here.)
NAFTA and Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership make it clear that neo-liberals are not worthy of support just because there is a D after their name. Those “free-trade agreements” are Trojan Horses for a corporate coup of the U.S.’s and eleven respectively other countries’ legal order. The threats posed by neo-liberal trade agreements are elaborated in our how-to guide for peaceful revolutionaries to the right, and they are greater than the threats posed by Trump, Incorporated’s SCOTUS nominees!
Politics ain’t beanbag as they say. Promising, before and during the primaries, to only support one candidate or one ideology in the general election is militant but useless unless enough voters do just that to potentially change the outcome in the general election. The closer the contest is expected to be in 2020, the fewer people that are needed to commit to only one candidate or ideology, to draw a line in the sand that won’t be crossed when voting in the general election. Either this progressive extortion will successfully hold sway during the primaries in 2020, or the establishment will be exercising their own neo-liberal extortion into November. Extort or be extorted translates to be a militant revolutionary or be a sheep.
Progressive, primary extortion requires the leverage of a significant minority of progressives. The greater the leverage, the greater the chance that primary voters will fear the prospect of Trump being re-election because, once again, populists on the left vote Green Party (#BernieOrBust2020) or just stay home (“lesser-of-two-evils aren’t worth supporting). One million voters pledged to support one of the real progressives running for the Democratic Party nomination listed above would send shock-waves through the establishment.
Please join the tens of thousands of citizens to date by employing BOTH of these two, simple steps. (If you do not know your congressional district number, use your zip code to find it here.)
1) Take the voter pledge (click HERE) and then help out on social media by using #WePledgedSo. EXAMPLE: “If Bernie doesn’t defeat Biden, Trump will. #WePledgedSo” or #BernieOrBust2020 #WePledgedSo) and vitally important, this will NOT become influential enough unless you also, please…
2) Build the buzz: Commit yourself to quickly finding at least just two more people to take the Bernie or Bust 2.0 pledge. Please prioritize and use your email to ask people you know, friends, neighbors, relatives (but no one from work), etc. to take the Bernie or Bust pledge before OR while asking friends, followers and allies in social media and follow up until you know two people have taken the pledge. If every pledge-signer recruits just two more citizens who recruit two more every day, we’ll have over 1,000,000 pledge-takers in less than a month. The chart below shows how quickly a leverage strategy can become a movement even the corporate media will have a hard time ignoring. (They will not cover this as a story in order to keep voters from finding out about this voter pledge strategy. This works by getting Sanders nominated through this recruitment process. People will say no, they won’t take the pledge; but then need to hear more and more people asking them, “Will you help Sanders by taking the BernieOrBust 2.0 pledge?” That communication is how this strategy circumvents corporate media. We are demanding people give progressives a chance to run the government once again. The market/corporate neo-liberals, the conservatives and the libertarians do not have a governing philosophy compatible with climate preservation. The nation, the world needs an all out mobilization for survival to slow, stop and reverse the mass extinction under way, and only progressive politicians have the governing philosophy to use government to solve problems.
Some people are unwilling to scare voters into uniting behind a popular Senator and candidate for the White House. So what? Just keep asking people on social media until your second pledge confirmation is conveyed back to you. That’s all you need to do to make this grassroots pressure effective: take the pledge and recruit two more citizens. (We will send pledge-takers a reminder email with suggestions for Facebook or Twitter messaging to make it easy as possible.)
It may seem as if there is plenty of time for pledge-takers to find just two people to take the Bernie or Bust 2.0 pledge, but our experience tells us the chart on the right does not convey how this works in practice. Even with the contacts available with social media, this took much longer in practice during Bernie or Bust 1.0. In fact, Bernie or Bust didn’t need a million pledges; it just needed to become a buzz.
Please take a few minutes this week to get this off your “things to do” list today, tomorrow, as soon as possible. That’s all you need to do to make this grassroots pressure effective: pledge and recruit two citizens. The closer to a million pledged voters you build this into a movement, the more certain Democrats will fear us and unite behind Bernie. This amount of leverage requires use of this simple “power of two” depicted here:==>>
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Social media allows us to publicize this strategy even with corporate mainstream media purposely ignoring the building leverage specifically to help keep voters in the dark, to make sure people do not know about the news of a new movement that will grow into place once enough progressives send the message by taking the progressive voter pledge. (Ignoring radicals and innovators is how the MSM marginalize militant, revolutionary strategies.) Please share this post on social media and ask another progressive you know (of) to take the Progressive Voter Pledge today. If you want to help Revolt Against Plutocracy to build this strategy into a movement, please sign up. We’ve done this before and documented our experience in the memoir chapters of Bernie or Bust.