|To get people to accept tying workweek reductions and minimum wages to increasing productivity, they would need to feel that they "own" some part of the economic output of the country. What are the steps to that? The opposition would be those who are currently pocketing the gains from productivity increases while leaving the replaced employees to fend for themselves. To change that we need to change policies that let people get laid off and receive none of the benefits when machines and computers do more of the work. What are the steps toward that?
So for the comments, let's look at those questions (policies that must be in place, public understanding that has to be there, what will be opposition and how to counter it) for the year 2017, if we wanted this to happen in 2020.
Then, for those things to happen in 2017, what has to happen by 2014?
And, finally, for those things to happen by 2014 what do we need to be working on today?
I am not suggesting that we follow these specific steps to reach this specific goal. I am trying to talk about how we might think about long-term strategies to reach long-term goals. People with a background in this please weigh in.
Look back at the headlines presented yesterday. What needs to be ready in 2017 for these things to happen in 2020? And what needs to be ready in 2012 for THOSE things to happen in 2017?
This involves building a progressive infrastructure of movement-oriented organizations working together to do research, develop strategies, organize activists, reach the public, develop policies, and mostly create demand for progressive policies and candidates.
Or, instead, maybe we can just wait for the right candidate to come along and let her do everything. And at the last minute we can all get scared and put up hundreds of millions of dollars to go into TV ads.
In the comments: let's discuss how to think about 2020 in terms of steps leading to to the goals. What policies need to be ready? What policies need to be ready before those can be implemented? How do you get those enacted first? Etc, stepping backwards year by year. Then the same for public attitudes. What does the public need to know before they will ask for those policies, and how do you get them to know those things? And before they will understand those things, what will they need to know, etc.? And the steps to neutralize potential opposition? Let's talk about the process, not my specific headline.
Also, does anyone have examples of big ideas that were hatched 12-20 years ago and the strategic steps they went through to get them enacted?