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The first 100 people who join or renew their membership will receive a FREE ebook copy of either The Democrats: A Critical History by Lance Selfa or Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to Capitalist Catastrophe by Michael Löwy. We will be engaging in formal group study of both of these important works and creating study guides for new Green members and supporters everywhere! Join us and get a free copy of one of these ebooks:
Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to Capitalist Catastrophe
by Michael Löwy
Capitalism is killing the planet, and the preservation of a natural environment favorable to human life requires a radical alternative. In this new collection of essays, longtime revolutionary and environmental activist Michael Löwy offers a vision of ecosocialist transformation. This vision combines an understanding of the destructive logic of the capitalist system with an appreciation for ongoing struggles, particularly in Latin America. (from publisher Haymarket Books)
The Democrats: A Critical History
by Lance Selfa
Offering a broad historical perspective, Selfa shows how the Democratic Party has time and again betrayed the aspirations of ordinary people while pursuing an agenda favorable to Wall Street and US imperial ambitions. Selfa examines the relationship between party leaders and social movements, from the civil rights struggle to the movement to end the Iraq war; reveals the unhappy marriage between U.S. labor and the “party of the people;” and assesses the mixed record of attempts to build a third party alternative. (from publisher Haymarket Books)
To Build Real Power, We Need Political Independence
The North Carolina Green Party is a membership-based, dues-paying party and is fundamentally and structurally different from the two major parties—we’re funded by individual working-class members, not corporate interests and the ruling elite. We believe social and political change will come when working people determine that movement activism must also include this critical element: building our own political power outside the confines of the capitalist two-party system.
A Party for the People, Not the Wealthy Donor Class
In the same way that a fighting workers' union can't expect funding from the bosses, neither can a truly independent party hope to build power and accountability to its membership by depending on a small group of donors to finance its operations and campaigns.
Despite having Wall Street lobbyists, super-PAC donations, and corporate-owned media propping up their political theater, both of the big-business parties are unable to inspire the plurality of potential voters to vote for them. Those two parties have come to believe that they own a bloc of American votes via sheer financial dominance, and thus they take that bloc of people for granted.
The North Carolina Green Party requires dues because it is not only ideologically different from the corporate-capitalist Democratic and Republican Parties—it is also structurally different. In this state and most states, Democrats and Republicans are classified as such by their ticking a box on a voter registration form—there are no true "members" of either of the two major parties otherwise, and indeed, their "members" may hold vastly different ideas within their own party.
As a result, often big-money donors, corporations, and influential party bosses tap Democratic and Republican candidates to run, and so those candidates are accountable to those interests, not to party members. Because again, there is hardly any actual membership of the major two parties for candidates and politicians to be accountable to.
With the Green Party, we're building a completely different model—a mass party built on membership, dues, and accountability. Join us.
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