Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Greens grapple with the same issue of building a real political party

At Z-Net (via Third Party Watch), Dr. Kim Scipes, a sociologist at Perdue University North Central and Green Party member, discusses the same transformation for that party as I have been discussing here: how to turn an issue-oriented movement into a real political party.

Intriguuing--ideological differences aside--Scipes makes many of the same points that I've been making about the Libertarian Party, especially that such a party has to be built by running credible candidates for major Federal offices at the State level:

Yet I'd suggest there is a way forward. First of all, a snowball has a better chance in hell than a Green president has in being chosen this year. And even if a miracle happened—and it truly would take a miracle—we couldn't back her/him up in Congress to get anything done. And the American people know this—as do, I suggest, most Green Party members.

However, I think where there is the best chance to win—and there are many factors—would be in Congressional races, especially if a Green can win in a district where both mainstream candidates are conservative.

Winning a Congressional seat would increase Green exposure dramatically, especially in any state where it happened. And it's "high" enough in position where it would draw attention.

So, what makes the most sense to me as a way to proceed is this: individuals who want to run can do so upon meeting the respective State party's requirements, but they have to be dependent on their own resources. However, where the Party should focus its members' efforts, its resources (including financial), and its energies is where there are the largest congressional district concentrations of Greens in the state and where good candidates can be recruited to run: and then the Party needs to organize these members to make a strong run.


All I can think of to add here is the modest note that great minds think alike.

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