Magazine article Canadian Dimension

Vision and Tactics

Magazine article Canadian Dimension

Vision and Tactics

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I thought that as an activist, someone who 'fights the good fight' in her daily life, it would be obvious to me What I fight for. I was surprised and slightly dismayed at my lack of obvious, concrete vision. So I posed the question "what is your vision of the good society?" to a handful of my peers, and each time the response ended up as discussion about tactics and priorities instead of visions or goals.

When not directly avoiding the question, the people I spoke to all agreed to fuzzy lefty concepts like environmental concern, eradication of poverty, racism, sexism, and homophobia. These things were of different importance to different individuals, but they were the only things that were articulated as visions. After throwing in some facetious comments about destroying the capitalist system, there was nothing else to add.

It seems almost as if we would not dream. An unease with the future that looms above us makes it hard to think in utopic terms. That is not to say that our collective imagination has been somehow crippled, it just means that the idea of visioning takes a slightly different focus. A word like socialism represents something too intangible, like the jokes about the capitalist system falling by the end of the week.

Is the end of the story that we are too pessimistic to dream? We cannot foresee a realistic future where we earn reasonable wages without spending all of our time and energy at paid employment. So instead of dreaming what the good society could be, we look for alternative lifestyles which allow us to function in less than ideal situations. This is not to say that we've somehow given up. Even for the lack of optimism I cannot say anyone I spoke to is particularly pessimistic.

The lifestyle choices being made by some of these people demonstrate their vision more clearly than they could articulate. …

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