AN APPEAL TO GREEN PARTY LEADERS AND ACTIVISTS
As we reported yesterday, Illinois’ Green Party mainstay Rich Whitney penned a forceful Op-Ed in support of Chicago’s “LaSalle Street Tax,” a bridge too far for failed mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia.
Ralph Nader, whose 2000 Presidential campaign stands as a high-water mark for 3rd party politics in post-WWII America, frequently remarked that the Green Party “couldn’t organize a two-car funeral.” Why, with decent, knowledgeable and courageous candidates like Rich Whitney and New York’s Howie Hawkins, has the independent left failed for so long while the radical right has gained an ever-stronger foothold in American politics? It takes a party like the Tax Wall Street Party to crystallize a vision that can galvanize voters to take on a thug like Rahm Emanuel.
One could certainly uncover significant foundation funding and operatives used to keep these parties fixated on petit-bourgeoisie obsessions with environmental and social issues. Or one could simply look at the program of the Green Party, the so-called “Green New Deal,” to understand why Jill Stein is not a household name despite generous media coverage. The “Green New Deal” is no New Deal at all. Despite a few positive demands, it is largely a narrow-minded laundry list detailing the fantasies of radical environmentalism and social politics.
The Green Party’s platform contains references to “fair trade” (though the word “tariff” is conspicuously absent). Certain progressive ideas on taxation and the social welfare are advanced, but these are utterly buried in a swamp of environmental demands that the majority of Americans will find uninteresting or even odious.
The financial transaction tax receives one sentence, while the obsession with the unproven theory of global warming gets the spotlight, decentralizing the electrical grid (one wonders whether qualified electrical engineers were consulted), blocking advanced nuclear power, demanding bicycle lanes while blocking highway repair and expansion, blocking the building of hydroelectric dams even with fish ladders, etc.
Only the Tax Wall Street Party is fighting exclusively for mass-traction economic issues by tilting playing field back in favor of production and away from an economy built on speculation. The Green party continues to experience the “de-growth” of the intellect that it demands for the physical economy. Jill Stein will serve nothing more than her personal vanity until the “Green New Deal” drops its utopian concerns and becomes the real deal for working and middle class Americans. Americans have come to realize that the tyranny of a Green policy of de-growth, de-industrialization, carbon taxes, etc. is nothing more than a bankers’ ruse to ruin America.