[Marxism] Special message from Medea Benjamin

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Tue Mar 15 11:01:07 MST 2005

The Greens aren't in demise.  We don't know what's going to happen with
it yet.

The problem is that, in many parts of the country, the Greens never were
an independent party.  Nader's decision to go it alone and the Cobb
nomination all reflected the party's dunderheadedly open mode of
representation that makes it very easy for "progressive" Democrats to
get their foot in the door.  

A former student recently got to attend a meeting of the Green Party of
Southwest Ohio.  There were four people there, one of whom says he's not
a Green.  The main honcho started the Greens in the early 1990s while
she was working for the Democratic city government.  She has clung to
"the franchise," never held any public meetings, and claims to represent
a working local party in the state and national organizations.
Cincinnati got four delegates to the national convention at
Milwaukee--one more than there were actual Greens in the city--and they
all went for Cobb.

In any real independent state party, she and her paper organization
would be crumpled up and tossed in the dust bin...and any real
independent national party would get rid of any state parties that
represented such fake clubs.

Anyway, it looks very much as though this Democratic "Green"
organization is going to endorse Democrats in the upcoming municipal
election.  That won't be a demise, but an opportunity for the remaining
Greens to get it together at long last and decide to take themselves

Mark L.

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