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Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate [Paperback]

By Howie Hawkins (Editor)
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"A valuable contribution to our thinking about that controversial and difficult subject-the role of an opposition third party."-Howard Zinn

"This is an invaluable sourcebook: rich in ideas.'"-Mike Davis

Ralph Nader, Peter Camejo, David Cobb, Sharon Smith, Norman Solomon, and other Green Party members and allies ask: Can we break the two-party stranglehold on U.S. politics? and debate strategy for how to build a challenge to the Republicans and an increasingly corporate Democratic Party.

Howie Hawkins is a Teamster and Green activist in Syracuse, New York.

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Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   Haymarket Books
ISBN  1931859302  
ISBN13  9781931859301  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Howie Hawkins is a Teamster and Green activist in Syracuse, New York. He has been active in movements for peace, justice, the environment, and independent politics since the late 1960s and in the Green Party in the US since it began organizing in 1984.

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Unnecessary  Jan 22, 2007
This book represents the Greens for Democracy and Independence (GDI) view of the Green Party split that occured in 2004. As someone on the other side of that split, I question the validity of many of its assertions about the causes and processes of that split.

Howie Hawkins still believes that the split was fundamentally about whether to run a strategic (or "safe states") campaign versus running an all out campaign. As one of the many Greens who favored a full campaign but still favored a Green nominee, which turned out to be Cobb, rather than just an endorsement of Nader, I find that incredible, especially given that Hawkins' own accounts of how unpopular strategic campaigning was among Greens is counterfactual to his own thesis. Also there seems to be a near total disregard for what appears from the other side of the divide to be a rather obvious alternative explanation of what happened. Hawkins suggests he put together the book, an assemblage of articles and letters regarding the split, with the purpose of helping the Green Party avoid repeating this mistake in the future, but if it is the other sides' understanding that should turn out ultimately to be the more valid, then that purpose will remain unachieved.

Even so the book will remain a useful reference collection of key pieces of the discourse that occured for those who are so interested. The one piece that is crucial to truly achieving the purpose the author intends are the Nader letters on p.119-125. Those few pages, along with an understanding of the organizational realities facing most state Green Parties, tells you almost everything you need to know to understand what happened in the Green Party in the 2004 Presidential election.

All progressives should read these important debates  Jul 7, 2006

Howie Hawkins has done a huge service to all Green Party members, and everyone who would like to see an alternative to the two-party system in the U.S., by bringing together the best representatives of all sides of the strategic debates inside the Green Party.

In 2004, the party fractured between two presidential tickets -- Ralph Nader, the party's 2000 candidate, who pledged to run a campaign urging votes in all states; and David Cobb, a long-time Green activist, who ran a "safe states" campaign urging votes for himself only where it would not harm the electoral efforts of the John Kerry campaign.

This split revealed very different strategies and visions of the relationships between progressives and the Democratic Party, and what it will take to build a viable third party movement in the United States. This is the first book to collect all the major documents, articles, and statements of the main players in those debates, in one very readable and accessible volume. Together, they are essential reading for anyone who wants to challenge the stranglehold of the Democratic Party on the American Left, and is serious about figuring out how to do that.

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