Ross Levin Writes of OWS and Third Party Figures

Resident blogger Ross Levin has penned an article over at Polizeros. His article, which is about the Occupy Wall Street Protests generally, nevertheless manages to touch on a few personalities and parties that are of interest to IPR readers.

Barack Obama’s rhetoric certainly has a populist tone to it these days, but words are cheap.  At the same time that he invoked Teddy Roosevelt, Obama sought to undermine Social Security, one of the fundamental social safety net programs in this country.  Ron Paul and the newly Libertarian Gary Johnson, on the other hand, provide adequate solutions to some of the symptoms of this greater problem.  Both are opposed to the race-driven drug war and the military-industrial complex and the empire which sustains it.  They are even opposed to our modern “crony capitalism,” and in my eyes they are certainly better choices than any of the offerings of the major parties, yet their libertarian ideologies encourage corporate greed and power in some nasty ways.  Actual solutions, or at least the first steps toward actual solutions, to our systematic socioeconomic inequality are present in the campaigns of the Green Party’s Jill Stein and the Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson.  Stein’s campaign is centered on the idea of a “Green New Deal,” providing employment and a fair, democratic redistribution of wealth while jump-starting American environmental efforts.  Anderson, the former mayor of Salt Lake City, recently formed the Justice Party and the central theme of his candidacy is, in his words, “to change the system and get the corrupting influence of corporate and other concentrated wealth out of our electoral system and out of our system of governance.”

Teddy Roosevelt, Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, and Rocky Anderson either are now, or once were, third party Presidential candidates.

11 thoughts on “Ross Levin Writes of OWS and Third Party Figures

  1. Humongous Fungus

    Ross

    their libertarian ideologies encourage corporate greed and power in some nasty ways.

    Can’t say that I agree.

    Actual solutions, or at least the first steps toward actual solutions, to our systematic socioeconomic inequality are present in the campaigns of the Green Party’s Jill Stein and the Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson.

    I think libertarians actually offer better solutions to our problems.

    BTW Trent, why is this not classified under Green Party along with the other two?

  2. Tom Blanton

    their libertarian ideologies encourage corporate greed and power in some nasty ways.

    What does this even mean? This statement is surreal.

    Does the Green Party and the Justice Party have some sort of magical legislation that can eradicate the lust for power and riches from the human spirit?

    Is the solution to inequality really more government bureaucrats to manage society on the basis of politic whims of the power elite using their monopoly on violence?

    Who will decide how wealth is to be redistributed? Politicians? And on what basis? Will large political contributors be spared from having their wealth redistributed? Who will be the lucky recipients?

    Americans will continue to lose economically and in terms of personal freedom until they realize that the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of both government and private parties is undesirable, and that the more centralized power and wealth becomes, the more bad actors will be attracted to it, whether in public or private affairs.

    Government has always been by the elite and for the elite. It plunders and allows plundering by the elite. When it discards the old elite, it creates a new elite. The deciders.

    Politicians and government is not the answer to our problems. They create most of the problems.

  3. California's previous warnings ............

    Bachmann told about 70 volunteers:

    “This tells you that he is nervous,” she continued. “He doesn’t want me on the stage. I want you to know, I’m not nervous. I’m fearless.”

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    MORE LIKE ‘BRAIN LESS’

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    The rhetoric signifies a heightened effort to paint Obama as out of touch, something the campaign acknowledges is an element of Bachmann’s closing argument to voters three days before the Jan. 3 caucuses.

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  4. Ross

    I am, indeed, not a libertarian (even though I’m far from averse from libertarianism). And I believe that, while you can’t get rid of some of the worst parts of human behavior, some systems enable and encourage those things more than others. Tom, I actually generally agree with what you’re saying. It is, however, possible for us to intelligently disagree about how to move forward from this point.

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  6. Precede with Caution, via Lake

    UFPJ’s Occupy Peace meeting, February 24-26, has been planned to begin a vital conversation with activists from the Occupy Movement and from a broad spectrum of domestic struggles about building a new future of domestic and international justice and peace.

    Together we will examine the intersections of our issues and our movements.

    Millions of people suffering in today’s weak economy are losing human services including healthcare, education and environmental protection, while the leadership in Washington spends billions on the military.

    Multi-national corporations amass enormous profits even as they and their high-paid executives avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

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