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Antifa and the Green Party

By B. Sidney Smith Sunday, August 20, 2017 INTRODUCTION I wish to address the following question: What ought to be the position of the Green Party of the United States with respect to the movement known as Antifa? This is an urgent question. The resurgence of an emboldened white-nationalist community, evidenced for instance by the recent rallies and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, has brought forth a correspondingly emboldened community in opposition to them. While all Greens are opposed in principle to white nationalism and racism, there is no consensus regarding the appropriate responses to white nationalists themselves, or to their…


Debunking the Pendulum Theory

By Todd Thompson June 09, 2017 Democrats and other anti-Trump politicos sense that their prey is in distress. There is growing optimism about the opportunities it presents for the Left. For instance, some are saying that Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris agreement is an opportunity to seize a moment (see Joe Ware’s article in Counterpunch), that in four years, the issue of climate change could be the major topic of the 2020 presidential election, and they believe it would bode well for progressives. Others are pushing the moment to pass single payer health care because Trump has…


Ranked Choice Voting

By Jon Olsen Well informed readers will know that we in Maine succeeded in becoming the first in the country to initiate a vote for ranked choice voting (RCV) statewide with a referendum and winning that vote 52-47 percent last November. However, there is a problem. The opponents of our victory requested the Maine Supreme Court to offer an opinion on its Constitutionality, on the basis of RCV in its function requires a majority for the final result, but the Constitution just mandates a plurality. We had legal experts of high caliber expressing the view that it was likely Constitutional,…


The Democrats’ Undemocratic Strategy Of Smearing The Green Party

Essential Opinion By Nat Perry March 8, 2017 Four months since the upset election of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, one of the primary scapegoats of the Democrats for their stunning electoral failure remains the Green Party and its 2016 presidential nominee, Jill Stein. Pointing to final vote tallies in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan that showed Trump’s margin of victory as being below the total vote count for Stein, Democrats have coalesced around the conventional wisdom that Stein voters flipped the election by failing to unite behind the Democratic nominee. As Matthew Rozsa explains the thinking at Salon, “if the…


Op-ed: A Green perspective on nonviolence and free speech

Collegiate Times By Ryan Wesdock, Greens at Virginia Tech chairman February 8, 2017 As the chair of the Green Party here at Virginia Tech, I believe strongly in the values of free speech and nonviolence. I must, then, denounce the recent turn to violence and speech codes of some on the left. I know, the media, perpetually searching for conflict, will play up the violence of the Occupy Inauguration protesters and the “riots” at UC Berkeley. I know it will treat Richard Spencer, a neo-Nazi, being punched and a few windows being broken as a catastrophe while it ignores the…