During the 2008 election, the late great people’s historian wrote about “election madness.” He said every four years it “seizes the country” because “we have all been brought up to believe that voting is crucial in determining our destiny, that the most important act a citizen can engage in is to go to the polls and choose on of the two mediocrities who have already been chosen for us.” It deeply bothered him that all were so “vulnerable,” whether they were liberals or radicals, to spending so much time discussing presidential elections.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday November 1, 2012 7:15 pm|
|By: David Swanson Thursday November 1, 2012 12:43 pm|
You and I are getting ready to tape a debate on the question of whether to vote for Obama (in “swing states”). It will air on Lila Garrett’s “Connect the Dots” show on KPFK next Monday. I’m looking forward to it, if for no other reason, because I think our public discourse lacks much serious debate between people who respect each other’s intentions. I have nothing but respect for you and believe you mean nothing but the best in advocating votes for Obama. You honestly believe I was catastrophically wrong to vote for Jill Stein in Virginia, as I’ve done, and I honestly believe you are horrendously misguided to be expending your valuable energy trying to get others to vote for Obama. And yet we’ll be friends through this and regardless of whether one or both of us ever change our minds.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 31, 2012 11:15 am|
In an effort to connect the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline being constructed by the multinational corporation TransCanada to extreme weather like Hurricane Sandy, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein showed up to support the Tar Sands Blockade.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 29, 2012 6:30 pm|
As Hurricane Sandy thrashes the northeastern part of the United States, the connection between climate change and this extreme weather must be made. That connection must involve a reflection, especially one on the politics of the present that have only intensified the impact of climate change.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 25, 2012 5:45 pm|
A show on Al Jazeera English called “The Stream” invited me to appear to discuss third parties, supporters of third party candidates and US electoral politics in general yesterday. They did a full show on the election and how it was a close contest, highlighted the views of voters who consider Obama and Romney to be mostly similar, and noted there are people who simply say third party candidates have no chance of winning. Then, they posed the question, “By refusing to endorse Obama or Romney, could these citizens decide the next president and what would that mean?”
I appeared on the program with Michael Moschella, a founder of the New Leaders Council and also a political director for the Truman Security Project, and Jason Brennan, a professor at Georgetown University and author of “The Ethics of Voting.”
|By: TBogg Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:26 am|
Nobody could have predicted that Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein and her running mate would be accused of being running dog wannabe-lackeys of the corporate oligarchy.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:50 am|
A nonprofit, Free and Equal, committed to promoting fairness in the US electoral process, hosted a debate last night, which included third party candidates running for president. The debate, held at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago, stood in stark contrast to the Obama-Romney debates put on by the anti-democratic and corrupt Commission on Presidential Debates. I appeared on Al Jazeera English last night to share some thoughts on the presidential debate.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:00 pm|
One hour and a half was the time the two campaigns agreed upon for the foreign policy debate. They had a moderator, Bob Schieffer, who would ask all questions from the point of view that America is justified in whatever it does so long as it does it. When and how to do it would be the discussion, not why or whether it was legal, moral or humane.
|By: David Swanson Saturday October 20, 2012 1:00 pm|
When I was a philosophy grad student in the ancient times at the U. of Virginia, some over-smart logician pointed out to me that voting is not rational, since a single vote is never decisive. It’s all the other stuff that’s rational: appearing to have voted, applying a sticker to your bumper, registering voters, making phone calls — because all of that stuff has the potential to spread sufficiently to make a difference in the election, or perhaps in a future election or in other forms of civic engagement.
But, of course, unlike the model “persons” in philosophical or economic mental experiments, actual people tend not to be sociopaths. Pretending to vote without voting is far more work than actually voting, which — while it may be irrational — does no harm. And so, good citizens tend to vote even understanding its irrationality, and even when there are no candidates worth voting for.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 16, 2012 5:11 pm|
Hours before Democratic presidential candidate President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney were scheduled to go on stage for the second presidential debate, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate, Cheri Honkala, were arrested outside Hofstra University.