I've sent the following message to several Green lists. Please scroll down
to see my action proposal. I'd like to hear your thoughts on this.
- Mitchel Cohen
[log in to unmask] wrote:
>The Naderites only rationale for voting for Nader in swing states despite
the absurd claim that Bush is no more pernicious than Kerry ..... <
This is not the claim that I and others who are supporting Ralph Nader are
making. Of course an overt fascist like the Bush cabal is more "pernicious"
than an Exxon-fawning corporate clone like Kerry. (Please note, however,
that "pernicious" does not necessarily translate to "more dangerous".)
Seth also misstates Kolko's position, as "a Bush victory will lead to such
a world catastrophe that Europe will be mored likely to establish an
alternative axis opposed to US hegemony. (Kolko) "
No, that is not Kolko's (or my) position. Kolko and others write the
opposite: That DESPITE Bush's more pernicious mentality, the US
government's quest for empire under Bush and the Neo-Cons (sounds like a
punk rock group) gets bogged down in places like Iraq, while Kerry's
multi-lateral imperialism may end up being far more successful, leading to
much WIDER wars with millions of more people killed.
Kolko is NOT saying that the worse things get, the better for the movement,
as Seth alleges. He's saying that things may actually be far worse under Kerry.
Now, whether that will turn out to be the case ..... who knows?
All I know is, these email barrages by several on this listserve, trying to
convince others whom to vote for are taking away dramatically from any
discussion of serious radical Green strategy. No matter which candidate you
support, I suppose we can all agree that we want Nader, Cobb and Badnarik
in the debates! Here's an opportunity to actually DO SOMETHING -- to
blockade the debates and demand that they be "open" to 3rd Party
candidates, and while doing so we raise all the issues that are being
excluded by Bush and Kerry.
Can we shift the debate on this and other Green lists to "How do we
accomplish that strategy"? Will Nader, Cobb, Badnarik, show up at the
official debates and demand to be included, and FIGHT for that right? Or
will they wimp out and desert us, too? We have around one week to get it
together. I know that in St. Louis, antiwar activists are beginning to
mobilize around the October 9 (I think) debate there.
I urge Seth, Charles, Joe, Bill, Shelley W. -- have you noticed that this
debate has degenerated into all males? -- to STOP the foolish bantering and
let's ORGANIZE together around this common demand.