I read this post from @Dr_Tad this morning, and thought the closing quote from Gramsci particularly insightful:
The active politician is a creator, an initiator; but he neither creates from nothing nor does he move in the turbid void of his own desires and dreams. He bases himself on effective reality, but what is this effective reality? Is it something static and immobile, or is it not rather a relation of forces in continuous motion and shift of equilibrium? If one applies one’s will to the creation of a new equilibrium among the forces which really exist and are operative basing oneself on the particular force which one believes to be progressive and strengthening it to help it to victory—he still moves on the terrain of effective reality, but does so in order to dominate and transcend it (or to contribute to this). What ‘ought to be’ is therefore concrete; indeed it is the only realistic and historicist interpretation of reality, it alone is history in the making and philosophy in the making, it alone is politics. (Gramsci, Selections From The Prison Notebooks, p. 172)
To all of you reading this, I want you to go out in 2013 and be the creators. Don’t leave it up to the federal election. Don’t get overwhelmed (or perhaps that should be underwhelmed) by whatever narrative party leaders and so-called opinion makers attempt to foist onto the rest of us.
We have the capacity, and the duty, to go out and create something better whatever the (temporary) reality we’ll have to deal with in the coming year. For if we don’t stand up and struggle for what ‘ought to be’ who else will?