Change the World and Watch Public Opinion Follow

Source: In These Times
by Hamilton Nolan

“The work of political struggle goes on constantly, forever and ever, without end. True moments of opportunity, though, come about rarely and without warning. They cannot be manufactured; they can only be taken advantage of. The lulls between them — like right now — are the time to remember the lesson that we always seem to forget when things get interesting: Forget public opinion. Public opinion is a trap. Capture the structures when you have the chance. In my adult lifetime there have been two great moments of opportunity for the Left. One was after the 2008 financial crisis, a period that you can generously construe as lasting several years, through the heyday of the Occupy movement. The other was in 2020, during the enormous national Black Lives Matter protests that broke out after the police murder of George Floyd.” (03/09/23)