Stuart Jeanne Bramhall discusses electoral reform and the New Zealand Green Party on Counterpunch

From Counterpunch (read the full thing here):

There seems to be agreement on all points on the political spectrum that our current elected government doesn’t really represent the American public. Whether this relates to the fact that they are elected by a mere 30% of eligible adults is hotly debated on the left…

In my mind it makes more sense strategically to nibble around the edges of electoral reform. For two reasons. First, the best way to build a movement is to inspire progressives that they can win small victories. Secondly, the experience in other western democracies is that any reform that improves participation by the disenfranchised reduces corporate interference in the political process…

Although the New Zealand Green Party has never been in formal coalition with either major party, both have needed our votes to pass their own bills – and in return have supported important Green Party legislation. In the last eight years, this has included legalization of prostitution, enactment of a national antibiotics surveillance program, a flexible working hours mandate, a school food and nutrition guide and a law allowing women to breast feed in prison; creation of a complementary health advisor position in the Ministry of Health; repeal of both the Sedition Law and a loophole that allowed parents to legally beat their children; and millions of dollars for government grants and guaranteed loans for solar water heaters and home insulation.

Perhaps even more important is the platform (and media attention) being in Parliament provides to advance Green issues and policies – and at the same time challenge the flagrantly pro-corporate policies and actions of the major parties

2 thoughts on “Stuart Jeanne Bramhall discusses electoral reform and the New Zealand Green Party on Counterpunch

  1. Green Party Conservative

    The most important U.S. electoral reform we need….What Green Party has long advocated…

    We must have paper ballots. A paper trail is required…

    The election computers have been proven to have been hacked repeatedly….

    Just because the media, and the two larger parties ignore this most fundamental fact…does not make it any less necessary…

    The Green Party is correct. Paper ballots now.

    David Swanson articulates this case well in his new book Daybreak.

  2. paulie

    We must have paper ballots. A paper trail is required…

    The election computers have been proven to have been hacked repeatedly….

    Just because the media, and the two larger parties ignore this most fundamental fact…does not make it any less necessary…

    The Green Party is correct. Paper ballots now.

    I agree.

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