At the behest of a friend, I have spent some time familiarizing myself with the Green Party of the United States.
Unlike parliamentary democracies in Europe, where minor parties can effectively participate in the process, the US political system makes it almost impossible for minor parties to succeed.
The Greens in Europe are are an example of the former, the Greens in the US an example of the latter.
In philosophy and political positions, I cannot find any appreciable difference beween the US Greens and the Left wing of the Democratic Party.
The Greens distance themselves from Democrats by citing all the points of disagreement with Wall Street Democrats (those from Obama on down who control the party) but neglect to mention that the Left wing of the party is indistinguishable from the Greens.
The distinction seems only to be that the Greens have taken their marbles and gone home, while liberal Democrats continue to fight to gain control of the Democratic Party.
And taking control of the Democratic Party is a much more realistic goal than is growing the Greens into a major party in the US.
The Greens are no more sympathetic to Animal Rights than are liberals in general; both are equally silent on ending capitalism; and on global warming they both fall short of the radical approaches necessary.
The Greens are a dedicated and sincere group of progressives.
But they are a mosquito buzzing around the boxing ring.
They need to join us in being one of the boxers.