I know there’s more than a few Green Party voters among Agonist readers, and even more who are interested in what the Greens might have to say. So here’s an interview with Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein, conducted last Tuesday – the night before she was arrested at an Occupy protest in Philadelphia. A snippet:
It’s really important to say that under the democrats the ship won’t go down quite as fast, but a sinking ship is still a sinking ship. Your objective is not to get onto another ship which is going down a little bit less quickly, this doesn’t get us out of there alive. Neither Democrats nor Republicans are offering strategies for the crisis we are in, none of them have an exit strategy and yet Democrats are asking us won’t we please use our votes as weapons against ourselves? Our successes historically have always come from a social movement on the ground. It’s time to stand with the politics of courage, not fear, and take our political life back from our political abusers.
It happened in Egypt and Tunisia, and they had a much bigger hill to climb. I think we have already won the hard battle, which is for the hearts and minds of the American public – they have checked out from establishment politics. It doesn’t end in November. By launching a new voice, by political courage, there is no going home. It’s about engaging the battle that has already come to our streets.
“The American public…have checked out from establishment politics. It doesn’t end in November.” Sounds like Stein has no illusions either about the underlying political current or about how long it might take to build a true party of the Left in the US.