The Nader campaign, part two: the Green Party

Dennis R Redmond dredmond at
Mon Jun 12 14:55:32 MDT 2000

On Sun, 11 Jun 2000, Louis Proyect crossposted from Howie Hawkins:

> of New Politics got a small taste of it in a review by ASGP partisan Lorna
> Salzman of GPUSA member Brian Tokar's book, Earth for Sale. Salzman alleges

Yeah, I ran across Salzman on a Green listserv once. She's genuinely
deranged, a true nutter. Hawkins has some good points, and from what I've
seen locally here in Oregon, it's not really a question of competing
national organizations, it's that every Green group seems to fly apart
into grouplets at the first opportunity. On the other hand, I think Howie
underestimates the American element of the contradictions -- the USA is,
geopolitically speaking, a Second World country, with an 18th-century
political system, huge overseas debts, an overvalued currency, and ruled
by bloodthirsty, psychotic elites armed with some of the nastiest weapons
ever invented. The EU Greens are just as fractious, but their more
powerful socialist traditions and class-conscious unions created a space
(whether defined culturally, in terms of solidarity, or politically, in
terms of proportional representation systems) where the seeds of a global
Left could start to flower.

-- Dennis

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