How Obama Boosters Delude Themselves into Accepting & Ignoring America’s Two-Party System

By: 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.”

 

Kevin Gosztola Discusses Contrast Between Third Party Debate & Obama-Romney Debates on Al Jazeera English (VIDEO)

By: 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.

Two Men Incapable of Having a Foreign Policy Debate

By: 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.

The Case for Irrational Voting

By: 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.

Green Party Candidates for President, Vice President Arrested at Presidential Debate

By: 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.

Issues the Two Major Party Presidential Candidates Refuse to Discuss

By: Friday September 21, 2012 6:00 am

The ten issues highlighted are: mass incarceration and the drug war, the housing market, the India/Pakistan conflict, overfishing, global disease and malnutrition, internet privacy, America’s security state and shadow wars, factory farming, civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and segregation by race and class in education.

Justice Party Presidential Candidate Rocky Anderson on Transparency and the Rule of Law Under Obama

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 4:15 pm

Below is a transcript of Kevin’s interview with Justice Party presidential candidate, Rocky Anderson. He addresses the importance of having a candidate with a commitment to the rule of law, along with why prosecutions of people who commit financial or war crimes are necessary. He comments on the Obama administration’s record on transparency and openness, on whistle blowers, including the prosecution of Pfc. Bradley Manning. The notion of looking forward and not back, which Obama has promoted with his presidency, and the struggles one faces as a third party presidential candidate are highlighted as well.

Lakeside Diner

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current topics that may be of interest.

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