Green Party is Green!

Greens originally grew out of a new understanding of the roots of many of our problems, IMO.  It was called “Green” because it didn’t fit into the capitalist/ socialist/communist boxes economists were using.  It tended to look with skepticism on Eurocentric answers, the Western industrial paradigm, and the kind of corporate science that served as its handmaiden because of the obvious effects that  mindset was having on the Earth.

The late Russell Means, (Oglala Lakota) put it this way:  “I don’t believe these theories [Marxism and anarchism and “leftism” in general] can be separated from the rest of the of the European intellectual tradition. It’s really just the same old song.

“The European materialist tradition of despiritualizing the universe is very similar to the mental process which goes into dehumanizing another person.  . . .

“In terms of the despiritualization of the universe, the mental process works so that it becomes virtuous to destroy the planet. Terms like progress and development are used as cover words here, the way victory and freedom are used to justify butchery in the dehumanization process.  . . .

” . . . Revolutionary Marxism is committed to even further perpetuation and perfection of the very industrial process which is destroying us all. It offers only to “redistribute” the results–the money, maybe–of this industrialization to a wider section of the population. It offers to take wealth from the capitalists and pass it around; but in order to do so, Marxism must maintain the industrial system.

“. . .  So, in both theory and practice, Marxism demands that non-European peoples give up their values, their traditions, their cultural existence altogether. We will all be industrialized science addicts in a Marxist society. . . .

“There is another way. There is the traditional Lakota way and the ways of the American Indian peoples. It is the way that knows that humans do not have the right to degrade Mother Earth, that there are forces beyond anything the European mind has conceived, that humans must be in harmony with all relations or the relations will eventually eliminate the disharmony. A lopsided emphasis on humans by humans–the Europeans’ arrogance of acting as though they were beyond the nature of all related things–can only result in a total disharmony and a readjustment which cuts arrogant humans down to size, gives them a taste of that reality beyond their grasp or control and restores the harmony. . . . ” [All above quotes taken from his speech “Marxism is as Alien to My Culture as Capitalism.”]

As early Greens recognized, what’s needed is a new, humbler, less Eurocentric and anthropocentric way of living on the Earth, and that’s what the term “Green” is meant to represent.  Identifying as “eco-socialists” blurs that vision and puts us back into the conventional economic boxes with all of their limitations and baggage when what’s needed is the ability to evolve and think freshly in light of all the knowledge we now possess.

Linda Cree

Earth Day Green Party Booth

Please join me on April 21, 2018 from 9am until 4pm for the 14th Annual Earth Day Bay County Celebration in McKenzie Park in downtown Panama City, Florida. I could really use a few volunteers to help staff the Green Party booth and help spread the word. The booth has bumper stickers & buttons and other items to share(donations only). Please contact me if you can help at 850-258-1276. Thank You. Henry😁🌎🐸🌻

Project Democracy Fini!

Today, Friday 2/23/18, was the last day of Project Democracy and the students at Rutherford High School were some of the best. The opportunity that Project Democracy provides for the Green Party of Bay County to be known and shared has been a true blessing for six years now. Thanks again to SOE Mark Anderson for allowing the two minor political parties; Green Party & Libertarian Party; to be a part of this annual voter registration effort with our 16-18 year old students of Bay County. Speaking about the history and 10 Key Values is always a major boost for me leading up to Earth Day Bay County on April 21, 2018 when I can once again set up the Green Party booth and continue to spread the word. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Project Democracy week two

Tuesday we visited the students at Rosenwald High School and shared the Green Party position on all the hot button issues; gun control, abortion, minimum wage and more. Wednesday was Bay Haven Charter High School where many of the same issues were on the students minds as well as immigration issues. Last week and this week there have been moments of silent prayer for the students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School and more questions about “ What Should We Do” about the gun issue than ever before.

Thoughts & Prayers Are obviously Not Enough!