The Green Parties of Australia and the USAugust 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Posted in Climate change, Conceited, Global warming, Presidential election | 6 Comments
Tags: Australia, Democratic Party, Democrats, election, Green Party, Republican Party, Republicans, U.S.
Several posts (Jill Stein, Roseanne Barr, and the Green Party, Mr Belly Button and the Green Party) in this blog have pointed out the negative electoral effect of the Green Party, and its vagueness, impracticality and grandiose quality. The US Green Party seems to be a self-indulgent hobby. Its only effect on US politics so far has been to help Republicans win elections. Of course, this unintended effect blocks the achievement of all of the goals of the Green Party, and of those who vote for its candidates.
But these criticisms apply only to the US Green Party. Blogging on WordPress has acquainted me with the Australian Green Party. It seems to be entirely different from the US Green Party. I came to that view by following James Wight’s posts, in particular
Wight’s blog shows that the Australian Green Party, unlike the US Green Party, does the hard work of crafting detailed policies and justifies them with quantitative data and analyses. Thus they really contribute something substantive and usable to discussions of policy, and their ideas can be cited and used even by the elected members of other parties, as well as by the Green Party itself. Unlike the US Green Party, the Australian Green Party is constructive.
Australia’s Green Party shows how the US Green Party could change itself into something beneficial, and no longer inimical to its own stated objectives:
– It could propose detailed, quantitative proposed legislation and regulatory action. This should be detailed enough to be used as draft legislation, and should be backed by quantitative data and assessments of impact.
– It could avoid siphoning votes away from the Democratic Party.