Monday, June 16, 2008

To be a Progressive activist

I wrote this piece for my Netroots Nation scholarship application. The question was, "What is a Progressive activist?"

Someone who understands that we all live in a society, and that we're all dependent on each other. That, despite what the libertarians will tell you, the free market doesn't solve all ills, and a strong social safety net is necessary to fill the gaps. That, despite what the social conservatives will tell you, this country was founded on principles of liberty and equality, and that doesn't just mean for white, heterosexual Christians. That, despite what the neocon hawks will tell you, the world isn't divided into "us" and "them," but that we're all an interconnected global community, and to ensure the survival of the human race, we must use all means necessary to promote peace and social justice worldwide. That, ultimately, none of us are better than the least of us.

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