Inside v. Outside is a false choice.
True political movements transcend mere party affiliation.
If you feel the best use of your time and talents is to work inside the Democratic party to further Progressive policies, more power to you.
If you feel the best use of your time and talents is to work outside of the Democratic party to further Progressive policies, more power to you.
We need you all!
If we are ever going to create the positive change we so desperately seek in this country, we need everybody to advocate from whatever vantage point he or she feels most capable.
We need advocates within the Dems who are not content to let the crooks run the show. We need advocates outside the Dems who will create real competition for seats and thereby force the Dems to reform or die. Heck, we even need advocates within the Republican party to make those voters aware that many of our issues are also theirs.
There are many paths to achieving change, and we need Progressives marching on each and every one of them if we are to create the popular consensus necessary to make that change a reality.
Bickering over which group is best able to effect the change we all seek solves nothing, and is in fact tragically counterproductive, because it only serves to divide us over petty labels and thereby aid those opposed to our common goals.
This movement is bigger than any one party. It's bigger than any one country. Indeed, all over the world, we see more and more people on every continent fighting their own individual battles in their own ways for a more just and egalitarian future.
Each of us has a role to play in making that future a reality, and it is both our privilege and our right that each of us decide for ourself what that role may be.
Inside OR Outside is a conceit we can ill afford in these perilous times.
Inside AND Outside is the strategy that gives us our best chance of success.