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Do You Share the 10 Key Green Values?

Jim wrote last night about how the Democrats and Republicans in Congress don’t always act as people expect them to. Money influences legislation as much as, or more than, political idealism. So, are we left voting for the corporate-owned politicians whose corrupt influences happen to overlap with our own, or do we persist in trying to vote according to our ideals?

The Green Party of the United States espouses the following 10 key values:

GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
ECOLOGICAL WISDOM
NON-VIOLENCE
DECENTRALIZATION
COMMUNITY-BASED ECONOMICS AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
FEMINISM AND GENDER EQUITY
RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY
PERSONAL AND GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY

Which of these values do you most appreciate? Which ones make you feel the most skeptical of the Greens? Are these Green values at all related to your general opinion of the Green Party?

5 comments to Do You Share the 10 Key Green Values?

  • le pelerin

    I hope under “non-violence” is included non-violence to the baby not yet born. All the other goods won’t happen if the child is snuffed out in the womb.

  • Jim

    Whenever an organization asks me to “respect” something, I chafe. James von Brunn was part of a diverse community of violent assholes. Should I respect that diversity? My respect is my own to bestow or withhold; no person or group is entitled to it sight unseen.

  • builder

    I certainly don;t fit those 10 points.

    I believe in enabling people to have the freedom to reach or not to reach their potential.

    That means my neighbor may make $1 million a week and I being a slacker make $100 a week. He will live better than I and have access to a more enjoyable lifestyle, better education and be able to retire.

    Respect for diversity? No. Respect for people yes. if you are a one legged neo nazi lesbian living with your partner, I really don’t care but don’t expect me to have you teach my kid that this is acceptable when you march down main street prancing while waving a rainbow flag. Pay your taxes, cut your lawn and keep your dog out of my yard and could care less about you.

    non violence, no. In a perfect world it would be nice. We need an army that can wipe off the face of the earth those that choose to harm us.

  • Dave Schwab

    I am a Green, and I agree with the 10 key values. However, sometimes I wish that we had kept it to the four pillars of Green philosophy: nonviolence, social justice, grassroots democracy, and ecological wisdom. Having 10 makes it easier for people to find one to disagree with, and as a result reject the whole package.

    Le pelerin, I used to feel the same way. However, I’ve come to think that forcing irresponsible people to have children they don’t want is not going to make the world a better place.

    It seems quite strange to me that, confronted with the idea of “respect for diversity”, two people used Nazis as examples of diversity (well, it IS the internet). Nazis are the opposite of respect for diversity – fascists fear the other, so they hate it, criminalize it, build up huge armies to wipe it off the face of the earth, and inevitably destroy themselves. As an example, take Cheney/Bush trampling the Constitution to “protect us from freedom-hating terrorists.”

    “I believe in enabling people to have the freedom to reach or not to reach their potential.”

    Exactly. That’s the confluence of equal opportunity and personal responsibility.

    “non violence, no. In a perfect world it would be nice. We need an army that can wipe off the face of the earth those that choose to harm us.”

    While I disagree with your statement, I should highlight that non-violence is not pacifism. We have the national guard; why do we need military bases in 100 countries, endless wars in the Middle East, and enough weaponry to destroy the Earth 300 times over? Look up “Dwight Eisenhower and the military-industrial complex.”

    • Jacob

      “I’ve come to think that forcing irresponsible people to have children they don’t want is not going to make the world a better place”

      OK… then they can give the children up for adoption. Irresponisble parent gets their out and we dont have to kill people to do it. Besides, we have lots of irresponsible parents that dont want their 5 year olds. Should we kill them as well? What about people with old disabled parents that are too irresponsible to take care of them? Maybe they could get killed as well…

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