"Conservatives have been very serious about building their power — to govern, to dominate the political agenda and to shape the ideological context in which issues and agendas are contested. Progressives have not had this clarity of purpose, nor have we grasped the importance of harnessing the power of ideas. We are hesitant to define a progressive agenda, let alone a progressive worldview. And only recently have some progressives begun to say that they are aiming for the power to govern as a prerequisite for sustained, fundamental change. If we cannot name transformational social change goals, then we will not aim for them and we certainly will not achieve them."
From Grassroots Policy Project