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Why CyberDisobedience?

“Cyber-disobedience” is a term I coined back in 1995 to describe a crazy idea I had to take activism online. For 25 years since then, I’ve been using the Internet to push progressive values by using the power of the people to force companies and governments to do the right thing. This newsletter does the same.

Who am I, and why am I here?

CyberDisobedience is written by me, John Aravosis, a longtime LGBT activist, writer (the Economist), blogger (AMERICAblog), and podcaster (UnPresidented). I’ve worked in US and international politics, from the halls of Congress to the World Bank and the United Nations, for nearly three decades, and have been radicalized by the Trump years. Not radicalized in terms of policy — I’ve long been a progressive — but rather, in terms of strategy.

Republicans have shown that even without a mandate (Hillary got nearly three million more votes than Trump), you can get a lot done through force of will. Democrats need to be bolder, smarter, and more aggressive, particularly in today’s political climate. And it’s our job to make sure they are.

I see a multi-fold interest for my newsletter:

  1. Helping Joe Biden be all that he can be. Sometimes that means supporting Biden’s efforts, other times it means prodding him to be even better.

  2. Doing all we can to thwart Mitch McConnell & the Republicans. Moscow Mitch isn’t going to suddenly become everyone’s favorite uncle just because Biden has a history of bipartisanship. And he’s sadly already proven that fact. McConnell and the Republicans, with the help of Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, are holding Biden’s agenda hostage. We have to educate voters so that sensible politicians, rather than extremists, are a majority in the next Congress.

  3. Keeping a watchful on Donald Trump & Trumpism. Trump isn’t going away — and in fact he’s solidified his control the Republican party even more since his electoral defeat. Donald Trump is quite literally preparing the for next coup, to steal the 2024 presidential election, and possibly even the 2022 congressionals. We ignore him at our peril.

(That’s Sasha the wonderdog, below.)

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John Aravosis
Democratic political guy living in DC, wishing he was in Paris.