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Joe Trippi (Dean's Campaign Manager) at Etech
by Decius at 10:16 pm EST, Mar 3, 2004

] The press that didn't understand what the campaign was,
] now sees itself qualified to judge if its a success or
] not. Broadcast politics has failed us miserably. No
] debate about the Patriot Act. DMCA isn't being discussed
] during the mainstream media. Its all on the Internet.

I previously memed two different text versions of this, both of which had various gaps. Here is the actual audio. Stream it. This is 46 minutes of incredible stuff. Furthermore, this site has tons of other very good Etech talks archived. If you find something particularly notable please meme it.

I want to clearly explain what this talk is about. Trippi is a dull public speaker. However, his content is worth his monotone. This isn't about Dean. This isn't really about the democratic party. Obviously the democrats have a problem, in that the Republicans do a much better job a actually mobilizing grass roots support, and Trippi discusses that. Obviously Trippi is a democrat first and a dean supporter as well. However, and Trippi makes this clear, this is about who the political constituency is.

In working with EFGA in the mid nineties I dealt directly with the political system first hand, and I learned one thing primarily. Politics is about power. Unless you can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the issue you are concerned with is of clear strategic importance to the viable operation of the country, or has unquestionable implications for established Constitutional law, you win or loose based on how powerful you are.

When I say power I mean real power. People usually operate on the naive belief that things like petitions and protests are effective at changing political decisions. This is wrong. No one cares what you think unless they are trying to keep the matter out of the press. If they don't have an interest in keeping the issue off the media radar, then they only care about your money, or your vote. If you want to influence the situation, you need to provide actual financial or direct voting assistance to a particular politician who will do what you want.

Most people just don't get that. They think the government ought to do what they want simply because this is a democracy and thats how democracy works. Wrong. The government does what you want because it does not have a choice. If you can't put the government in that position, you will not get what you want. That is what democracy is all about. Giving the people the ability to put the government in a position where it cannot operate in a manner contrary to their interests.

This talk is about who actually has the power. This talk is about who the political constituency is. Is the constituency built of the ruling class, that controls the party system and funds the campaigns, or is the constituency built of the actual people. Do we really have democratic institutions?

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RE: Joe Trippi (Dean's Campaign Manager) at Etech
by Jeremy at 12:32 am EST, Mar 4, 2004

Decius wrote:
] This talk is about who actually has the power. This talk is
] about who the political constituency is.
] That is what this is about. and the reality of this is
] important regardless of what side of the isle you identify
] with. (In fact, I would go further to say that identifying
] with a side is also part of the problem, but then I'll loose
] most of you.)

In listening to this talk, it seems to me that the "grass roots" movement of which Trippi speaks was ahead of its time in pushing Howard Dean into the Democratic presidential primaries.

This is really, deeply, ultimately about changing the nature of American politics. Shifting the battleground and changing the conversation. Trying to do this directly within either of the two major parties will be quite difficult, and immediately pushing to elect a President is just going for broke.

Better to start at the local level, finding and electing people who "get it" at the city, county, and state levels. A movement can mobilize and achieve real results on this scale without confronting as many of the roadblocks that Dean faced. The local news media in most markets is considerably less savvy, and less powerful, than the national media.

Joe Trippi on Digital Democracy
by Jeremy at 12:23 am EST, Mar 4, 2004

Joe Trippi, the man whose ground-breaking use of Internet-based campaigning propelled Howard Dean from obscurity to early front-runner, takes Teach-In participants inside the campaign's unconventional experiment in Internet politics, and looks at both victories and lessons learned. The other candidates are rushing to emulate Trippi's Internet strategy -- as Wired News declared, "Internet politics is dead. Long live Internet politics."

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