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One Democratic State: A Green Solution to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

by Justine McCabe First published in Green Horizon Magazine / Spring Summer 2012  For we belong to a single body – Arabs and Jews Tel Aviv and Tulkarem, Haifa and Ramallah – What are they If not a single pair of shoulders, Twin breasts? (Our Land by Israeli poet Aharon Shabtai in J’Accuse, 2001) As we note the anniversary of the “Arab Spring’s” revolts against repressive regimes in the Middle East, democracy remains uncertain. But a linchpin around which these regimes have long operated continues: the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Indeed, as Egypt’s revolution began, James Jones–former commander of all NATO forces,…


Finding the Green Frame: Professor Lakoff’s ‘Political Mind’ and the Green Party

A review by Scott McLarty First published in print in Green Horizon, Spring/Summer 2012 The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist’s Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics Book by George Lakoff Penguin, 2009 paperback reprint edition, 320 pages   This past summer, some Green Party members opened up a dialogue with economic David C. Korten, who appeared via Skype on a screen before an audience at the party’s annual national meeting in Alfred, New York. During one discussion with a few Greens, Korten said that the Green Party “must find its narrative.” People can grasp political ideas if they’re presented…


Solve climate crisis to make economy humane

Syracuse Post Standard April 20, 2012 Despite what the junk science funded by the Koch brothers tells Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, the scientific consensus on climate change is that humans are causing it. No matter how loud the yelling in the right-wing media echo chamber, if we don’t stop releasing heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels by the end of this decade, we are in for a world of pain. The good news is that once we accept that climate change is really happening, we can take action to stop it. Lasting solutions to the climate crisis…


AB1413 “Gut and Amend” Abuse Would Gut Voter Voice

by Michael Feinstein Fox and Hounds Monday, January 23rd, 2012 A bill about to be passed by the Legislature – AB 1413 – would rob us of our right to vote for write-in candidates, a right we’ve enjoyed and exercised since California statehood in 1850. With such a major change, one would assume it’s imminent passage is the culmination of a long public process, where the proposed change has been publicly vetted, with broad participation by civic and good government groups in debates, public forums, op/eds and talk shows. But AB1413 hasn’t gone through such a process. Instead it’s come…


The Occupy Movement Must Also Become a Voters’ Rebellion

By Scott McLarty FireDogLake, December 19, 2011 To vote or not to vote — that is the question for Occupy Wall Street protesters and for Americans sympathetic to the Occupy movement taking place in cities throughout the US. For many of those who intend to vote, it means casting a ballot for Democratic candidates, including President Obama. For those who don’t plan to vote at all, the outcome of elections is irrelevant, because nothing will change under the current political system. Are these the only two choices? The US is in a crisis, a political holding pattern in which Democratic…