• Agree completely on militarism and the defense budget and the MIC as a priority. That’s why I’m such a big fan of Ron Paul. Unlike other Libertarians or Republicans, he focuses on the issues of moral importance. Typically, he offers moral and principled arguments, in contrast to the cynicism and utilitarianism of Washington. He avoids [...]

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post How 2012 Helps Prospects for Reforming the Electoral College by inoljt.

    2012-12-10 12:31:17View | Delete

    Honestly, just getting rid of the electoral college alone would not be an improvement. Going to a popular vote would be nice in principle, but in practice it would strengthen the duopoly and its ability to blackmail every citizen (and now in every state) to endorse lesser-evilism. I’m for reforming the EC, but its a [...]

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities by David Swanson.

    2012-12-10 11:43:01View | Delete

    Interesting exercise, David–thanks for the post and rec’d. This kind of formulation poses some interesting questions. If I were to argue for this declaration, I might say that civic virtue (eg, the sort of ideology required to maintain liberty and equality in a republic) requires a kind of reciprocal ethics, or a golden rule–formulated as [...]

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities by David Swanson.

    2012-12-10 11:09:57View | Delete

    Hmm…maybe we can amend that one. The original 1789 formulation says “Property being an inviolable and sacred right, no one can be deprived of it, unless demanded by public necessity, legally constituted, explicitly demands it, and under the condition of a just and prior indemnity.” When we read this, we see a potential conflict b/w [...]

  • On another note, RichardKane should be saluted for trying to do what all of us ought to be trying to do—bridge the senseless, mythical and counter-productive left/right divide. This is what patriots ought to be doing–unifying the (divided and conquered) people and educating them about their true interests. Bridging partisan lines and appealing to disaffected [...]

  • I gotta agree on the need for coalition on certain issues. The worldview of the average Daily Paul user and the average Firedoglake user are not really as different as you may think. Paul supporters are very important because they generally come from the right side of the perspective but they’ve gotten to a place [...]

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post Herbert Marcuse’s “Repressive Tolerance” by Green_Liberal.

    2012-12-10 09:38:11View | Delete

    Great food for thought Margo. In my view there are a couple means of restraints on hate speech, either by individuals or the government. 1) effective constitutional restraints….actually putting restraints into the basic law…this is my favored solution. I like this option because laws can’t regulate thoughts…we can only regulate discourse that has identifiable negative [...]

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post Herbert Marcuse’s “Repressive Tolerance” by Green_Liberal.

    2012-12-10 09:12:11View | Delete

    I agree with your point and I had the same objection the first time I read it. But nowadays I’m more sympathetic to Marcuse’s position, or at least I strongly recognize the problem he identifies as legit. But is what Marcuse is saying really so controversial? In the real world, can a republic allow propaganda [...]

  • Green_Liberal wrote a new diary post: Herbert Marcuse’s “Repressive Tolerance”

    2012-12-08 11:11:43View | Delete

    Yesterday I stumbled upon this mid-60s essay by Marcuse, and found it frighteningly contemporary. I don’t know if I agree with Marcuse’s prescriptions on tolerance as written but I do feel he identifies a real and serious problem in American discourse.   If anything, the problem he identifies is as significant today (or more so) as [...]

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post That Incredibly Awkward Moment when People Discover that You are Socialist by luciusjunius.

    2012-12-03 11:31:12View | Delete

    Exactly. Corporatism is in fact not freedom, and offers less freedom then many government bureaucracies (single-payer, for example…is much more efficient and gives the consumer way more choices then corporate health-care). Alot of socialism is justifiable based on simple egotistical self-interest. Eg, it’s simply more rational and justiable. Alot of socialists make the rhetorical mistake [...]

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post That Incredibly Awkward Moment when People Discover that You are Socialist by luciusjunius.

    2012-12-03 11:12:35View | Delete

    Here’s the basic problem. In the American public’s mind, any kind of government bureaucracy=socialism. Americans want to be free. They want to control their own lives and not have to conform to bureaucratic structures their entire lives. Winger propaganda plays into this bias. But the reality is that what we know as freedom is dependent [...]

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post Tea Partiers, Greens, and the GOP by Phoenix Woman.

    2012-11-26 12:24:40View | Delete

    I agree with all your reform suggestions. The only issue I’m skeptical about is campaign finance reform (I worry about corrupt parties financing themselves into perpetuity on the public dole as is the case in European nations). I’d prefer for the cable networks to be turned over to people’s cooperatives and broadcast information directly to [...]

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post Abby the Hasbara Slayer by EdwardTeller.

    2012-11-26 10:47:00View | Delete

    I loved Alonya, but it turns out Abby is even better. Somehow, more truth gets spoken on RT then other news networks. I would love to know exactly why that is. The bottom line is people ought to be in control of these networks, not our corporate masters! Turning the media over to the people [...]

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post Fighting the Duopoly: An Interview with the Vermont Progressive Party by Liberal Arts Dude.

    2012-11-25 11:54:52View | Delete

    The long-term goal of 3rd parties ought to be electoral reform enabling better democratic representation. State and local based strategies (which may succeed in implementing electoral reform in addition to other useful legislation) are extremely helpful in this regard. But state and national ‘spoiler’ campaigns are also helpful for getting the message out, pressuring Democrats, [...]

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post Tea Partiers, Greens, and the GOP by Phoenix Woman.

    2012-11-25 11:39:04View | Delete

    If people see that the duopoly is muzzling electoral reform, then they will change their opinions about the duopoly. Specifically, the Democrats would not be seen as the party of the people if it was known how dedicated they are to squelching democracy and proportional representation. So this is a very important issue for progressive [...]

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post Tea Partiers, Greens, and the GOP by Phoenix Woman.

    2012-11-25 11:16:29View | Delete

    While I’m no great fan of partisanship or political parties, Top 2 is freaking terrible compared to ranked-choice voting. Top 2, together with gerrymandering, are tactics to keep the duopoly in power and dis-empower independent parties. What we want is mixed member proportional representation where voters can make their preferences known about both parties and [...]

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post Tea Partiers, Greens, and the GOP by Phoenix Woman.

    2012-11-24 17:24:29View | Delete

    Agree with your analysis. We need a populist party to represent the people and the Dems ain’t it.

    Webster Tarpley used a phrase to describe our situation that I found apt–we are in a “ideological hall of mirrors” where we can’t even recognize what our interests are and who represents us.

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post Tea Partiers, Greens, and the GOP by Phoenix Woman.

    2012-11-24 13:46:19View | Delete

    Interesting stuff. It’s true, many leftists are ambivalent about democracy. Some feel democracy is a tool for domination by finance capital. It’s a complex topic, but ultimately it’s highly unconvincing that more democracy would make things worse, and there are good reasons to believe more democracy would make things better. A genuine democracy would not [...]

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post Tea Partiers, Greens, and the GOP by Phoenix Woman.

    2012-11-24 13:27:57View | Delete

    It is pretty much irrelevant whether the GOP funds the Greens or not. What is relevant is that the Democrats do what they can to keep Greens off the ballot and keep the 2 party gerrymandered corrupt process going. So if Democrats are claiming to represent the people, then they deserve to be ‘spoiled’. Keep [...]

  • Green_Liberal commented on the diary post Tea Partiers, Greens, and the GOP by Phoenix Woman.

    2012-11-24 13:19:31View | Delete

    Phoenix Woman You make good points. Part of the problem is it’s hard to motivate people to be active in either a “left” or “right” political party that has little to no chance of winning anything, and which is continually being co-opted by the major parties, since the ideology of the 3rd party movement frequently [...]

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