Taking the Red Pill: Michael Goldstein for Congress
JUNE 6 UPDATE AND NEXT STEPS
Current results show Michael seventh among seven candidates, with 1902 votes, or 1.5 percent. Even after next Monday, when the many uncounted mail-in ballots are counted, there is unlikely to be a great difference in the placement or percentage. From Michael:
This is not a defeat, although the visibility of the November race and the office would have been very useful. If it turns out that several thousand in San Francisco alone resonate with the vision I put out with a few hundred dollars' worth of signs and flyers, surely we can pull together a nucleus to promote this work. Thank you so much for your support!
If you have not done so already, please consider clicking on the "Pill Takers" button above and filling out the form. The successful movements of the past (labor, civil rights, anti-Vietnam-War, women's rights, LGBTQ), all placed electoral work secondary to grass-roots educating, organizing, and — eventually — direct action. Sign in to become part of the dialogue about the next steps in building a real movement for revolutionary transformation!
Not your typical webite. Not your typical campaign.
In the 1999 classic film The Matrix, humans unknowingly experience only a simulated world. It looks like ours, but they are actually immobilized by forces that parasitically live off their energy. Neo is given a rare opportunity to take a Blue Pill and return to this comfortable virtual life, or the Red Pill, which will allow him to see reality and join the small crew seeking to liberate their fellow humans.
Neo took the Red Pill.
Most Americans are living under carefully-maintained illusions, believing:
- Everything will be all right if the party in power is replaced by the party not in power
- Everything will be all right if we put fresh faces in Congress and hope that this time they won’t get co-opted and corrupted
- Though the Democratic Party is under control of the more rational wing of The 0.1%, we can reform it, and/or
- If we protest enough, sign more petitions, or get more people to vote, we can persuade those beholden to the wrong people to do the right thing
Michael Goldstein offers a Red Pill. It reveals that:
- We cannot tranform the system by plugging ourselves into into the structures it uses to maintain itself (dominant parties, electoral politics, feedback to those who don’t care what we think), though these help mitigate its worst excesses
- Where the precursors to fascism have appeared, only a mobilized populace has ever stopped it
- We can
- (1) organize ourselves to . . .
- (2) educate, organize, and empower enough Americans to . . .
- (3) ultimately withhold consent from the parasitic forces that oppress so many of us and are destroying this beautiful world, and . . .
- (4) contain them and rule ourselves
Join us! Take the Red Pill! This campaign is just a beginning!
Bernie Sanders showed us that public office can be used to proclaim a new vision. Like him, I speak of the need for a movement. But to me that doesn't mean campaign organizations and clickable petitions.
I am running to help build the formidable, sustained popular movement that will become "the beloved community" of which Martin Luther King spoke and which will one day use direct action to replace corporate rule with our own.
— Michael Goldstein