At the Green Party’s 2012 National Convention in Baltimore over the weekend, Massachusetts physician Jill Stein and anti-poverty campaigner Cheri Honkala were nominated the party’s presidential and vice-presidential contenders. We air the convention’s keynote address delivered by Gar Alperovitz, a professor of political economy at the University of Maryland and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative. Alperovitz is the author of, “America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy.” In his remarks, Alperovitz stressed the importance of third-party politics to challenge a corporate-run society. “Systems in history are defined above all by who controls the wealth,” Alperovitz says. “The top 400 people own more wealth now than the bottom 185 million Americans taken together. That is a medieval structure.”
From the CT Green Party:
The convention was great–very energizing. I especially encourage folks to listen to the keynote speech by Prof. Gar Alperovitz who emphasized the perfect political storm of this moment in history, and how we–“if we take ourselves seriously”–have the power to lay the foundation for the next big revolution. According to him, that revolution is “the transformation of the most powerful corporate capitalistic system in the history of the world–that’s what it’s about . . . not simply a gesture, not simply a new party, not simply a green movement. . . .”Perhaps a recognition of this perfect storm accounted for the 75 media outlets present at the convention, including AP, Reuters, WashPost, NYT (did an article on Thursday), Time Magazine http://swampland.time.com/2012/07/11/the-green-team-jill-steins-third-party-bid-to-shake-up-2012/ who did another article interviewing Nader about the Greens http://swampland.time.com/2012/07/12/qa-ralph-nader-on-the-green-party-obama-and-romney/ . And as Alan noted, Democracy Now! devoted so much time to covering our convention ( had a Baltimore studio/crew from which to broadcast). This was a huge change as Amy Goodman has heretofore not been very supportive of GP but of Obama.