Quote: Originally Posted by JLM
That makes sense to me. Obviously many of these people have contempt for the mainstream parties............but I don't think that would solves most of the problems. From what I can gather "Green" has one main focus, but what would be the use of being Green while we are starving to death. What would be Green's influence on the International scene? How would Green deal with the contraversy with the military?
I know some people in the Green party, and actually you just touched on something that bugs them, which is that of being pegged as a single-issue party.
They're actually one of the most motley crews you'll have ever seen, but most of them fall into one of two major "planks" within their platform.
What they all have in common is the concept of "sustainability".
One major "plank" is focused on environmental sustainability; they hate the way we're driving over the cliff of global warming. The other is focused on economic sustainability; they hate financial bubbles like the one that plowed us into the recession we're still in.
It's funny to watch them in their meetings, because you'll have calico-and-lace clad earth-lovers sitting at a table with pin-striped spread-sheet readers, but they've come up with some cool ideas for how to make a profit out of returning the biosphere to stability.
You're thinking that they're about depriving people of jobs, which would lead to starvation because of no money to buy food, but they're seeing it as feeding people by putting those who lost manufacturing jobs to China to work growing organic food - which is more labor intensive than industrial farming.
In terms of defense, they're not the peaceniks you think... not all of them. You'd be surprised how many of them are very strait-forward about things like using the nuclear-shield protecting north America as defense of organic farmlands against the ravages of a starving planet, or how many of them think tactical strikes should be done against major carbon emitters in foreign nations.