Courses of action

For ordinary people who wish to pursue an agenda for change that stands apart from the conventional wisdom, it is an irrational course of action to spend a lot of time on engagement with political parties, or even on engagement in the electoral processes of representative democracy — if they try to achieve their objectives by only those means, they are unlikely to succeed. It is likely to be more effective (though one may doubt whether it will be as democratic, or as oriented towards the common good) for them to play a supporting rôle in a social media campaign with celebrity endorsement, so as to bring pressure to bear upon politicians and bureaucrats. Ordinary people may nonetheless find it expedient, when pursuing an agenda for change that does not differ markedly from the conventional wisdom, to vote in elections and in referendums; in some circumstances they may also find it expedient to participate in direct action.

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