Drama drives action.  Too much drama can destroy motivation; some drama stokes it.  Without motivation, you have no action.  Drama motivates an activist.

I’m observing the ebb and flow of what it takes for things to get cruising to action speed on the Left.  (I’m defining the “Left” as that which unfolds mostly beyond the boundaries of where the Democrats roam.)  It often takes an opponent that you can grapple with to get things moving.

It’s often not enough that you have opponents in the news, opponents in the papers, opponents all across the mainstream media and on the web.  It’s useful if you have an opponent that can hear your distress, dismay and disgust, and talk back. Dis someone that can dis you back and …. bingo, motivation follows. I’ve observed talented activists lose their urge to act when there was no local peace opponent to butt up against.

On a regional scale, I’ve observed the far Left and the mid Left blast each other while at the same time motivate each other to accomplish their differing goals.  Clearly, some folks seek to prove themselves right, or maybe prove the other person or side wrong or simply seek to have their world view supported.  With an identifiable opponent, the available energy to mount a campaign to win increases exponentially.  With reasonable curbs, this energy can go on to accomplish tons.  Not infrequently, activists are frustrated and disappointed swimming in the wake of the commotion emotion.  Still, stuff gets done.

On a national scale, I’ve noted the identical dynamic unfold.  More energy seems available for conflict for some activists when the enemy is someone with whom you at least occasionally share the stage.  At this larger scale, often with many regional alliances at stake, the drama becomes so consuming that communication looks and sounds more like a divorce than a forced marriage.  Some players see less advantage to unity, or cooperation on joint projects, than the disadvantages of ongoing attempts at cooperation characterized by rancor.  Concluding that it’s not worth it, they don’t engage.

Then it’s the “kids,” the regional alliances, the local organizations and local activists that experience reduced motivation.  Without unity, it’s more difficult to feel part of something larger than the self.

Conflict can breed motivation, progress and success.  Conflict can also compromise those fiery Leftist marriages, forcing the children to leave home and go march in the streets by themselves.


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