"... the goal of the political activist should be to be like a knot of wood. The goal should be to occupy the position of a singularity that must be navigated. This would be the case regardless of whether or not one is sympathetic to the politician or shares her ideology. It is only in this way that the political subject can play a role in forming the social space." -Levi Bryant, Larval SubjectsLevi Bryant has an excellent post on the meaning of politics and the goals of the political activist. I would argue, though that being a knot is not the only goal of the political activist - this sounds too static and passive to me. Rather, the goal should be to build relations to create the world that we envision. The more relations we build - in Levi's terms, perhaps, the more objects we construct - the more others will have to navigate our system. Hopefully, one that is more just and sustainable than what we have now. That may ultimately require compromise, but we should hold our to our vision as an ideal - we're all entitled to that ideal even if we can never really make it actual.
In other words, we must all be teleological - strive for ends - but recognize that the world is not teleological.