|Lin-Manuel Miranda in his musical Hamilton|
Photo by Steve Jurvetson, Wikimedia
We all know the quote from Benjamin Franklin. At the signing of the Declaration of Independence he said, "We must all hang together or, most assuredly, we will all hang separately."
That's the short version, isn't it? We must all hang together, so we do all hang together, and then we win.
In my advocacy blog post today, Was Hamilton Pro-Nuclear? A Post for Independence Day, I look at the more complex version. The musical Hamilton tells the tale of the American Revolution. The founding fathers were not all that agreeable with each other: The musical ends after Burr shoots Hamilton. That is truly being disagreeable!
Hanging together is hard work.
Real movements are complicated
In my essay, I note that astro-turf has a carefully crafted message, but real movements are complicated. The Revolution was complicated. Similarly, the current pro-nuclear movement has factions, disagreements on methods, and even disagreements on goals. Just as the situations described in Hamilton.
I am proud to be part of the widespread, messy, pro-nuclear movement. It has factions. It is real.
I hope you will read my post about Hamilton and the Nuclear Movement at my advocacy blog. Here are the concluding paragraphs: