Third Party

Voting Green in a Swing State

Counterpunch by B. SIDNEY SMITH WEEKEND EDITION OCTOBER 26-28, 2012 “You’re Doing WHAT???” I live in a purple part of the country (Virginia) and move in academic circles, so of course I know many, many people who will be voting for Obama. It is impossible to know, but if I sodomized the Easter Bunny in front of their children the look on my Obama-voter friends’ faces could scarcely be much different than the look they get when I say I am voting for Jill Stein. “But this is a swing state…you have to vote for Obama…what if Romney wins?!?” The…


Green Party Populism

CounterPunch by STEPHEN LENDMAN OCTOBER 26-28, 2012 “An Unjust Society is Unsustainable” Imagine a political party wanting America governed progressively. Imagine its platform stressing social justice, human and civil rights, peace, disarmament, and other populist policies America’s duopoly spurns. More on this below. On October 23, Russia Today and C-SPAN broadcast 90 minutes of debate by third party presidential candidates Jill Stein (Green Party), Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party), Virgil Goode (Constitution Party), and Rocky Anderson (Justice Party). Scoundrel media coverage was scant. Broadcast and cable news networks ignored it. Chicago’s Hilton and Towers served as venue. The Chicago Tribune headlined “Third-party…


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…


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…


Why the movement to Occupy Wall Street?

by Ron Forthofer The Boulder Daily Camera December 15, 2011 The corporate-controlled media’s treatment of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has not provided much useful information about the movement. Instead of reporting on OWS, media pundits whined about a lack of leaders and criticized the appearance of some participants. After a while, the coverage focused on the violence around the removal of OWS from their sites and the costs of dealing with OWS. Unsurprisingly, the corporate-controlled media coverage has led some to have negative impressions about OWS. This type of coverage is certainly not unexpected; after all, OWS is challenging the…