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Mass consciousness and its discontents

Jeff Roby has given us permission to publish this article in full. Here are Jeff's two main points: We have to both organize and talk to each other. Both are important. Consciousness is overrated. I am not crazy about Sanders, but if we maintain open lines of communication, there is a real possibility that after he loses many of his supporters may come over to genuine third party candidates. Michael J Cavlan has proven this. In the unlikely event he wins we will have to have a painful discussion based upon his voting record whether he is another Obama in disguise. The democrats have a long record of wolves in sheep clothing.

Under references at the end there is a reference to another good article by Jeff Roby as well as a fine related article by Sondra Miller.

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Cautionary Tales

Jeff and Rose Roby are long time activists who have frequently sacrificed their own comfort for a cause. Both have had experiences in the Democratic Party and the Green Party which are very similar to many of our experiences at the New Progressive Alliance – only the details change of Democratic Party betrayal and Old Guard Greens whose motto is, “But we’ve always done it this way…”  It is wise to consider these almost universal experiences before proceeding forward.

Under references at the end there is a link to another fine article by Jeff Roby as well as a fine related article by Sondra Miller.

We hope you visit Jeff and Rose Roby at the Saint Petersburg Independents.

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Specifics on Why Democrats are Not Better

Reg Clark is an eloquent and insightful writer. He is not sure where he got this, but he did want to share it. On many issues - rhetoric notwithstanding - put both following the same flawed policies.

As Glenn Greenwald said, "One of the worst myths Democratic partisans love to tell themselves - and everyone else - is that the GOP refuses to support President Obama no matter what he does. Like its close cousin - the massively deceitful inside-DC grievance that the two parties refuse to cooperate on anything - it's hard to overstate how false this Democratic myth is. When it comes to foreign policy, war, assassinations, drones, surveillance, secrecy, and civil liberties, President Obama's most stalwart, enthusiastic defenders are often found among the most radical precincts of the Republican Party." 

 

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Afghanistan: An American Holocaust

Peace First is the first point of the Unified Platform.  Gary Swing is a Colorado candidate who bravely ran for Congress twice as a Green Party member with the full support of the New Progressive Alliance. He ran as a Green Party candidate in 1996, 2010, 2012, and 2014. Though unfunded, Gary worked tirelessly against great odds to get out unpleasant truths both major parties ignored.

Though written over ten years ago, it is perhaps even more relevant today because of increasing continuous war. The point Gary is trying to make is engaging in extensive and expanding war activities is an American way of operating and has been for decades. For more extensive documentation see Continuous Wars.

Here is Gary Swing's article.

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When Clinton Lied, Yugoslavia Died

Peace First is the first point of the Unified Platform.  Gary Swing is a Colorado candidate who bravely ran for Congress twice as a Green Party member with the full support of the New Progressive Alliance. He ran as a Green Party candidate in 1996, 2010, 2012, and 2014. Though unfunded, Gary worked tirelessly against great odds to get out unpleasant truths both major parties ignored.

The owner of a bumper sticker, “Another Democrat for Peace” was unaware that waging war has been a bipartisan tradition for some time as evidenced by this article by Gary Swing. Though written in 2006, it is perhaps even more relevant today because of increasing continuous war. The point Gary is trying to make is engaging in extensive and expanding war activities is more than not being perfect. It should disqualify candidates such as Bernie Sanders who votes enthusiastically for expanded war and crimes against Gaza. For more extensive documentation see Continuous Wars.

Below is the article Gary Swing wrote.

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Fighting Back

While fighting against long odds can get both tiring and discouraging, there is hope from these two articles. The first is on increasing hope in fighting climate change at Ellen Cantarow, Paradise Lost -- or Found?  The second example is of Greece standing up in Greece Is Getting It Right. The latter is printed below in full with permission of the author, Anthony Noel - award winning author and founder of the New Progressive Alliance.

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The Populists understood the money system

One of the main thrusts of the populist movement was their demand to have the government issue more Greenbacks, to fund schools, libraries, rural roads, bridges and utilities, which would have provided millions of jobs debt free.

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New Hope

Progress does not come at a slow and steady pace. After years on a plateau there is frequently a sudden realization or epiphany that change is necessary to survive. We may be near that point now.

Here long time author, fighter, and newspaper columnist Anthony Noel allows himself to feel a new hope.

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A Letter of Apology to My Grandson

This is inspired by the writing of Tom Engelhardt at  Engelhardt, The Future Foreseen (and Not)

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What Progressives Do

Some of the conditions and the solutions we are dealing with now have been dealt with before and we can learn from them. Third parties have made significant changes in our history. See Third Parties Have Long History of Shaping, Reshaping American Politics.

NPA founder Anthony Noel wrote this two part article for MyFDL in June 2011 and it is just as relevant today.  Part One is on what Progressives Do. The case of the NDP Party in Canada is particularly interesting. (By the way, the Unified Platform he refers to has since been completed and can be found here.)

Part Two is equally important and concerns what progressives don't do. Aside from the "No third party candidate can win!" democrats also use these excuses extensively.

  • Lesser of Two Evils (LOTE): At least we are not republicans.
  • Half a Loaf of Bread: Getting something is better than getting nothing. This hides the fact that what the democrats frequently get is nothing disguised as a real improvement.
  • Republicans are Worse: Just look at their rhetoric and ignore our actual results.
  • False helplessness before minority republicans: Contrast with Bush Jr. who despite a democratic majority in both houses still did whatever the hell he wanted to.
  • Progress not perfection: This is said to hide the lack of progress.
  • This is the most important election ever! or This election is just too important!
  • Elect democrats and then hold their feet to the fire.

Finally, Anthony Noel offers some 2015 insights.

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