Saturday, October 23, 2010


excerpt from longer article found here

A common approach by powerful establishment forces in reaction to organizations like the Green Party of Georgia has been one form or other of disparaging dismissal. An insightful and prolific academician has ripped to shreds such typical dismissiveness.

"Silencing scientific equating it with political and religious extremism or apostasy is dishonest. If we are to have a real, critical discussion about global warming and the consequences then we must get past the claims of the conservative punditocracy."

This same 'good neighbor' notes of Cynthia McKinney's 2008 Presidential race that it "focuses on economic injustice and increased opportunity for the poor. A McKinney White House would invest in poor communities to equalize access to education, housing, and justice. The government would guarantee gainful employment to all who want it. “No family should remain mired below the poverty level when the head of household works in a full time job.” She would institute a living wage. The government would establish and encourage jobs programs to rebuild failing infrastructure" and more.

Of course, having grown up in the land-of-manipulated-faction, from the 'founding fathers' until the present moment, American Greens at times resemble kings and queens of infighting. The infiltration of divide-and-conquer misleadership having proceeded to the deepest levels of community and group in this country--from the Palmer Raids through COINTELPRO to 'Patriot Act' vicissitudes--such skirmishes to achieve clarity and insight must take place: at least the Greens, when they bicker, bite about something that is real.

The local party's "Ten Key Values" mirror the International Green Program. "Grassroots Democracy" is number one, followed by "Social Justice and Equal Opportunity" and "Ecological Wisdom."

The Peach State's verdant political principles also include these four planks of particular interest to those who call for 'sustainable business' and 'business better.'


--Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization. Therefore, we support a restructuring... to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. ... at the ... local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens;


--(A) vibrant and sustainable economic system, one that can create jobs and provide a decent standard of living for all people while maintaining a healthy ecological balance. ... paying a "living wage" which reflects the real value of a person's work (led by) (l)ocal communities ... . independently owned and operated companies which are socially responsible, as well as co-operatives and public enterprises that distribute resources and control to more people through democratic participation;


--We (seek) to enhance ecological balance and social harmony. join with people and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet;


--(M)otivated by long-term goals, (w)e seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely ... 'unmaking' all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion... . counterbalanc(ing) ... short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations."

Those who adhere to notions of 'corporate responsibility' are looking at the indisposable elements of any viable CSR manifestation.

Georgia's Greens practice the transparency and local connectivity that they preach. One must admit that Georgia's Democratic Party also makes a lot available via its virtual portal. The GOP, on the other hand, greets the visitor with flashing invitations to donate and then permits entry to a flashy website that, except elliptically and by reference, does not provide any firm programmatic platform or 'values' statement.

In relation to what is possible to compare, any fair-minded examination of Green and Democratic principles and approaches will find vast contrasts, distinguishing characteristics that would only deepen in comparison with the Republican methodologies. I'm supremely uninterested in churning out voters; I am indelibly fierce in my commitment to local democracy and dialogue that includes working class, grassroots voices. For readers who have similar 'values,' a careful consideration of these alternatives should prove instructive.