If we survey the political movements that are active right now, we might at first appreciate the wide breadth of issues around which people are organizing. Upon close examination, however, we will be disappointed to discover that they are all using essentially the same tactic.
From radical Occupy protests, to the recall of Scott Walker, to the marriage equality movement, everybody is basically doing the same thing: asking power for power. Progressive politics in the United States is a one-trick pony: put pressure on the point of power until it becomes in its best interest to give in. Sure, a variety of methods are used to apply pressure, but the basic approach is always the same.
While this tactic is essential toward the goal of mitigating the ongoing harm caused by oppressive power structures, it will never solve the root problem of the unfair distribution of power. Asking power for power does not renegotiate the distribution of power, it only reinforces it. Considering also that petitioning existing structures involves participating in a fragmented environment where we suffer limits to our autonomy and moral agency, this strategy will never lay the foundation for the good society.
If we cannot ask power for power, then we must take power. This does not mean attacking the existing structures in order to siphon off enough power to overthrow them. It means skipping the revolution and getting started right now on the hard work of creating better communities. Rather than by petitioning or confronting the existing structures, we gain power by Circumventing them.