When I encountered the first quote, it brought to mind men of science like Edison, who invented hundreds of ways not to build a light bulb before he invented one that worked. I thought of men like Gandhi and Dr. King who were able to voice powerful ideas that did accomplish something even if those accomplishments remain works in progress. Those we revere as our founding fathers, must have acted with a sense of certainty in bringing forth their vision of a country built on the sovereignty of “We the People…”
|By: Nicco Mele Saturday July 21, 2012 1:59 pm|
Dave Karpf’s exceptional book The MoveOn Effect examines and explains the rise of the Netroots, putting organizations like MoveOn.org, the PCCC, and DailyKos (and, I daresay, Firedoglake!) in historical and academic context. There is a rich study of political institutions and organizations that Karpf is able to tap into to better plumb the depths of what we have now, how it is different from what came before, and where we might be heading. Dave not only brings an academic and historical point of view, but he brings an activist point of view. For many years, he’s been a leader in the Sierra Club, serving on their National Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010.