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Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
~Kurt Vonnegut
Thursday, January 26, 2006

Independent Gore

After reading this article, I continue to think that the idea of Gore running for President as an Independent is, in fact, a very good idea. I wrote a little line of thought regarding this the other day.
George Bush and his minions are not an aberration. They are the natural and expected fruit of capitalism run amok. Capitalists believe in plutocratic and corporate rule, the concentration of wealth and power. They are the product of a system of economic inequality and privilege that exploits the huge majority of the population and subjugates them into wage slavery as ‘at will’ employees. It preys upon the just—those who play by the rules. The quagmire in Iraq, and the one to come in Iran, and in hundreds of other places, is the result of the social and economic injustice fostered by capitalism. Treating the symptoms will not effect a cure. Only addressing root causes can do that.

By engaging in party politics, the practice of pitting conservative against liberal, liberal against conservative, we are playing into the hands of the status quo. I have been all too guilty of this practice myself. It is an easy trap to fall into. By so doing we are unwittingly creating a diversion, a smoke screen, for the empire builders and power brokers to continue to play the game safely out of public view, assuring the same results, regardless of which party is in power.

...) We must stop working against ourselves. We have enough to do to overcome the real enemy.

As incredible as it may seem, the average liberal and the average conservative have more in common with one another, than they have in common with their respective political parties and their champions. The great majority of conservatives and liberals are victims of a system that not only does not serve them—it exploits them.

The New York Observer has an article titled Gore is Bigger Than Ever. He is portrayed as a man playing his own game, and feeling quite comfortable doing so. His indebtedness is to the earth he lives on. His fire is one we all share. If he could run as Independent and win, which I think is highly possible, it would break things that need desperately to be broken, and would open a wide door to third parties.
Gore is intelligent enough to wander through these concepts in a day and understand the implications, whereas, for me to grasp it all, I will have to immerse myself for much longer. I pass on the link for those readers who have the time and inclination.
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