Thought Of The Day. January 25, 2016

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Today’s Thought:

Politics is an arena in which we do battle. It is not a litmus test of all we believe. It is a series of skirmishes and conflicts from which we hope to emerge having accomplished something for the animals. It affords us the chance to recruit others and to marginally improve the lives of the oppressed, both animals and people.
Supporting third party efforts is akin to falling on our own swords, to no advantage other than our own egos and stubbornness.
What exactly do you think would be accomplished by a vegan third party candidate? If you think you will succeed in getting out the word you could not be more wrong, as the media will ignore Roberts, and anyone whom he could reach will have already been in the fold.



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4 thoughts on “Thought Of The Day. January 25, 2016

  1. While it’s hard to break up fossilized political structures, it CAN be done – best from within, but that’s another issue.
    This “third party controversy” sounds very familiar to me – we had the exactly same discussions and argumentations about the “Green” movement over here in Europe. By now they ARE a political force to reckon with, but that did take it’s time (and lots of effort, hard work, persuation, endless discussions… and sheer stubbornness. And, yes, luck, as in being at the right place in the right time and doing the right thing when the right opportunity arose. And things ARE easier in countries with DIVERSE media coverage.)
    In the USA, in the current political situation, ANY “alternative” candidate would stand a snowball’s chance in hell – no positive, or at least neutral, media coverage, no voter base to speak of, a too small, divided movement to build on. There ARE movements, they just need to work together to move anything!
    A green vegan party would need to start from scrap – and first be successful on local levels, taking over towns, then districts and so on, BEFORE striking nationally. And that will take a long, long time. An entirely TOO long time for the upcoming elections.
    So, for NOW, I tend to agree that a “vegan candidate” wouldn’t work.
    The “United States green vegan environment-protection anti-corporate animal-rights” party will, however, be a sheer necessity in the future.


    • In parliamentary systems minor parties can thrive and be relevant. They can join coalitions, participate in government, and can be instrumental in ringing governments down. Such a system does not exist in the US. Here, third parties are irrelevant the day after elections and serve no useful purpose during elections.

      Rather than building a national party from scratch (which hasn’t been done in US history) it would be much easier and more productive to take over the Democratic party. And we have the opportunity to begin that process with Bernie Sanders.


      • The USA – and the world… – desperately NEED a counter-force opposing the kind of brute-force capitalism that has taken over in recent deacades again. Currently, the sheer, unbridled profit motive is running AMOK over the lives of animals and humans alike, bound to destroy the world we ALL are living in and from, for basically imaginary stock market values and dots on some screen believed to be “wealth”.
        We all are caught in a gigantic game of make-believe and mistake it for reality.


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