Here is a really great post by a very talented blogger about the need to create a grand narrative for progressives. He gives some great suggestions as to what that narrative might be.
I also have a suggestion for an overarching progressive narrative: the nation-state is dying and a new liquid state is arising. We need to mobilize and make a supreme effort to ensure that up to 60% of the population isn’t kicked off this train and lumpenized.
Gay marriage, abortion rights, etc are great causes but in the new liquid world they won’t be a concern. It will all be about money and resources. For many people, marriage us not going to be a concern at all. This is already true for a significant number of people. Let’s work to ensure that as many people as possible retain the capacity to worry about their marriage and contraception choices. Because we are going in the direction where a minority will have all of the choices in the world and the majority will have none whatsoever.
And please don’t come to me with the defeatism of how this is a foregone conclusion anyway. Let’s be active agents of our own existence. Let’s find a new narrative and start advancing it.