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Politics Today

The evolution of  mainstream politics in the United States during the past 30 years has made the political climate favorable for the success of a third political Party as well as for the success of  Independent Congressional candidates during this mid-term election year.  Congressional approval ratings for both of the major Parties reached an all time low during the past year. However, third Parties and Independent candidates have failed to focus on a strategy to take advantage of this and there has been no significant increase in the number of Independent or Third Party candidates for Congress this year.

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Lessons from Occupy

Occupy was the first real opposition to the direction our country is heading since the early 1970s. It had significant successes, made significant mistakes, and was ultimately done in by an ever-growing police state. Several of our founders started their work at Occupy. It is worth looking at where we have been before moving on.

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Videos from the Uniting People for Progressive Power Forum

Here are 4 videos on the Progressive Power Forum held in Minneapolis, MN in February 2014.

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So You Want To Run for Office

Whether you are running to win or just make a point, running outside the two main parties is one of the more hopeful things a citizen can do. Third Parties have made significant differences throughout U.S. history. See Third Parties Have Long History of Shaping, Reshaping American Politics   Based upon my experience here is a list of the minimum you should commit to. It does not take a lot of money, but it does take a willingness to communicate.

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Make Your Case with Books, Videos, Radio, Websites, and the Unified Platform)

            If you have made it this far into our website, you probably agree with us that the United States is off course in several significant ways. Unfortunately, the nicely paid positions are for those justifying we stay off course. Because we do not accept corporate contributions, we cannot afford a “think tank,” but we can try and give you some ammunition for fighting the good fight.

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Obama Gave U.S. Sovereignty to BP

Obama and the Democratic Party's first major disappointment to me was the handling of the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I do not exaggerate at all by saying they gave U.S. sovereignty to BP. What I wrote here in June of 2011 during the early days of the NPA remains true and has been further documented. Unfortunately, also documented is the continuing permanent extensive damage to the Gulf. For an up to date description see The Environment under the Democratic/Republican Uniparty

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Fear and Loathing

This is an article I wrote during the early days of the New Progressive Alliance. Little seems to have changed as both major parties use fear (Democrats) and loathing (Republicans) to insure we remain on the same disastrous course. It is interesting historically to me as the last time I quoted Zakaria and McCain approvingly.

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Don't Fall for Ron Paul

There are many areas where progressives and libertarians agree and can cooperate to the benefit of both. These include more ballot access for third parties, illumination of the futility of supporting the democratic-republican Uniparty, supporting constitutional rights, skepticism of  getting involved in foreign wars, and more openness in economic matters. The NPA has cooperated with libertarians in increasing ballot access. In Georgia Tea Partiers and the environmentalists have joined forces, called themselves "Green Tea," and opposed nuclear while encouraging solar energy. In Wisconsin a similar story. While we encourage cooperation where possible, we should not forget that there are significant differences between us. Much of what libertarians claim is an intellectual fantasy. We should keep in mind this article by Anthony Noel, one of our founders. If you would like to also read some excellent  comments on this article, see Don't Fall for Ron Paul.

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Grayson, Kucinich, Warren and The Road to Hell

(In the fall of 2010, many of us were wondering what was taking so long for the Democratic Party's new president to act when he had overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress for almost two solid years. We optimistically thought we would see a lot of action "any time now!" Others knew better and could see the writing on the wall. Anthony Noel, a co-founder of NPA, was one of those people. We reprint here a piece which first appeared at MyFDL. - Ed.)

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Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population

    When I was growing up my father always said that a policeman was your friend who would always help you out.  In the United States and world wide that is no longer an accurate description.

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