“We can’t shop our way to sustainability.”

by Joel Makower.

Ethical Consumerism aims to gradually reform our economic system into a more moral one by creating market incentives that discourage exploitation while attempting to encourage the creation of a humane version of capitalism.  These individual-based solutions might make consumers feel better about participating in capitalism, but they do not address the structural causes of capitalist exploitation or environmental destruction.  The choices of individual consumers are ineffectual within the context of capitalist production.  The fundamental error of a so-called ethical consumerism is the fantasy that a more compassionate capitalism is possible.

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The Madness of Queen Hillary

Sez Hillary:

“They’re … going to do third party again.  And I’m not making any predictions but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third party candidate.  She’s the favorite of the Russians.  They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far, and that’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up.  Which she might not, ’cause she’s also a Russian asset.

“Yeah, she’s a Russian asset, I mean, totally.  And so, they know they can’t win without a third party candidate and, so, I don’t know who it’s going to be it but I will guarantee you they’ll have a vigorous third party challenge in the key states that they most need it.”

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The Madness of King Donald.

The Green Party of the United States offers bold alternatives on many fronts.  The Democratic Party offers domestic reforms, as long as they don’t challenge fundamental corporate power.  Some Democratic presidential contenders call for a Green New Deal, but fail to engage such changes as replacing the sprawling highway system with comprehensive light rail.  Democrats have nothing like the Green Economic Bill of Rights which demands healthcare, housing, jobs, income, education, and more as fundamental Human Rights.

But it is in the area of “foreign” policy that the choices are even more stark — as stark as the difference between war and peace!  The Democratic Party which fought however tepidly to get the U.S. out of Vietnam, and eventually complained that the murderous invasion of Iraq should be ended forthwith, became upon the election of Barack Obama the party of WAR. Continue reading “The Madness of King Donald.”

Green Party of Florida endorses Fair Representation Act

For Boss Tweeds then and now, the people are coming for you!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Contact:  Mark Patterson, Communications Secretary,
communications@GreenPartyFL

The state Coordinating Council of the Green Party of Florida (GPFL) has endorsed the Fair Representation Act (HR 4000), and calls on Congress and the President to swiftly implement this key pro-democracy reform.  Originally introduced in the U.S. House in June 2017 and re-introduced in July 2019 by Rep. Donald S. Byer, Jr. (D-VA-8), the measure would:

  1. Establish the use of Ranked Choice Voting in elections for Representatives in Congress;
  2. Require each state with more than one Representative to establish multi-member Congressional districts”; and
  3. Require states to conduct Congressional redistricting through independent commissions.

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Green Party Presidential Candidates on the path to 2020!

The US presidential election cycle is in full swing, and the Greens can proudly say they have set the agenda.  From abolishing student debt to the Green New Deal to ending the destructive War on Drugs, candidates of the duopoly parties are finally being forced to address the commonsense policies that have been brought to the public’s attention by Green Party presidential campaigns for more than 20 years.  That message is more vital to meeting the challenges of the 21st century than ever before.

The Green Party is now in its own “primary” season with a full field of candidates vying for the honor of representing the Green Party in the 2020 presidential race.

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State of Florida Continues to Attack Felon Voting Rights

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his Republican-led State Legislature are doubling-down in showing how the Florida government is among the most backward in the nation.  It’s the state where ALEC-inspired “Stand Your Ground” law allowed white vigilante George Zimmerman to walk away scot free after the cold blooded murder of Trayvon Martin.  Now, DeSantis & Co. have instituted a poll tax intended to restore the disenfranchisement of the poor and disproportionately Black ex-felons who had been excluded from the political process by barring ex-felons from voting.

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The Centre cannot hold — European Edition

Notre Dame burns.

As “the Continent” braces itself for a heat wave expected to be worse than the 2003 one which killed 20,000 Europeans, the headlines of last May showed alarm in varying degrees, from the European press to the titans of the New York Times and Washington Post.  The elections for the 751 seats in the European Parliament had just marked disturbing gains for both European Green parties and the anti-immigrant nationalist parties identified with the Far Right.  American Greens were delighted:

European Greens surge … voters abandon old parties over climate!

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Ranked-Choice Voting* to the Rescue in Presidential Primary

Our Current Voting Methods Are
Inadequate and Corrupt

 

 

 

Illustration by Walt Handelsman | whandelsman@theadvocate.com

By Steve Showen. May 23, 2019

The crowded field of the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary season further illustrates the need for an electoral process that determines which candidate actually has the majority support of the electorate when more than two people run for the same seat.  Majority support is the baseline criterion for the legitimacy of any election in a society that purports to be democratic.

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Defend the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective

— Robin Harris and LeBeau Kpadenou
Green Party of Florida co-Chairs

The Green Party of Florida supports the Embassy Protection Collective, Code Pink and prominent Greens such as Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers as they protect the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC from a violent mob of opposition operatives.  We demand that the Secret Service and local police do their jobs and protect the safety of the Embassy and the American citizens within.

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The Climate War — Crisis to Emergency to  Desperation

Nebraska drowns.  New York is entombed in ice.  Florida cities are flattened.  California burns.  An unspoken but very real current of fear spreads.  Who will be hit next?  Today’s Washington Post sums it up:

“In 2018, it is estimated that natural disasters cost the nation almost $100 billion and took nearly 250 lives. It turns out there is nowhere in the United States that is particularly insulated from everything. … declarations that the communities will bounce back stronger than ever are made.  Hashtags like #houstonstrong spread on social media.  But for some smaller towns, the question is not when they will rebuild — but whether they will rebuild at all.”

From corporate board rooms to Air Force bases to Black and poor neighborhoods to college campuses to the reeking-of-liquor back rooms of our politicians, this Climate Change stuff is for real.  It is no longer the jabber of middle-class tree-huggers.  The movement is concentrated in Europe, especially England, and it is spreading.  Awareness grows that something needs to be done.

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