NY: The Green-Libertarian Alliance Against the Two-Party State and Duopoly System of Government

This week, the Libertarian and Green party candidates for governor in New York held a joint press conference in the state capital of Albany to demand inclusive debates in the run-up to the November election and to call out the leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties for their abject failure to represent the interests of the people of the United States.  Sam Wilson writes at the Think 3 Institute:
Seeing themselves as the truly independent alternative parties, as opposed to such pretenders as the Conservative and Working Families parties, Greens and Libertarians have often taken a principled stand in favor of easier ballot access and equal participation in candidate debates for both parties, as well as other independents . . .

In Albany yesterday, Redlich [L] and Hawkins [G] challenged the imperative of ideological solidarity that sustains the Bipolarchy by each denouncing both Cuomo [D] and Paladino [R]. Simply by doing so, they prove the necessity they assert for their inclusion in any gubernatorial debates; "left," as defined by Cuomo, and "right," as defined by Paladino, are not the only options for New York . . .

We may perceive Greens and Libertarians as standing further apart from each other than Democrats and Republicans, but that's only when we plot them on a fictional left-right axis. If the two insurgent parties, and others with them, can find a common alternative language for articulating their principled differences while transcending the polarizing left-right paradigm, they might do their country a great service regardless of which one wins a big election first.
Here at Poli-Tea I have long been a proponent of a Green-Libertarian electoral and political alliance to confront the undemocratic and anti-republican character of the Democratic-Republican two-party state and duopoly system of government.  A Progressive-Libertarian Electoral Alliance is a PLEA for political sanity against the mechanical and mindless reproduction of the misrule we have come to expect from the ruling parties.

1 comment:

pete healey said...

Strange bedfellows, indeed! Back in the spring, Hawkins' was one of the loudest voices decrying a "Green-Libertarian" alliance. Of course that was in the context of giving Libertarians a chance to compete for the Green nomination for statewide offices at the Green convention in Albany. The Greens wanted no part of such a thing then, and Redlich himself is something of a "red meat Republican" Libertarian, but even the outside chance of sharing a stage with the "big boys" will get both of them to cast ideological blinders aside and declare themselves to be true believers! Hallelujah!