There is currently an interesting kerfluffle in the progressive blogosphere. Naturally, it’s the lesser of two evils debate. In case you missed it, the recent uproar began with this article by Matt Stoller in Salon. Reactions to his article in the comments section were nasty and brutish. Among other things, some very tolerant liberals smeared Stoller as a racist for the audacity of questioning our Leader.
Glenn Greenwald tweeted thus:
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 28, 2012
Stoller then went on to debate this issue with Daniel Ellsberg, Daily Beast writer Emily Hauser and briefly before he walked out, Ben Manski, Green Party Activist and Jill Stein Campaign manager.
This is is their debate on Huffpost:
In case this argument for voting third party, or at least for not voting democratic, gives you apoplexy but you are nonetheless still tempted to read the arguments, please consider reading this first: http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2009/02/ravages-of-tribalism-iv-unknown-country.html
Then, after you’ve done your homework and innoculated yourself against knee jerk tribal groupthink here are some good articles that rebut the Ellsberg, Chomsky position (short form: vote for third party where it’s safe, in a swing state vote Obama).
We’ll close with the Bring It Local mantra – there is one legitimate form of voting that is left to us. Where you spend your money is a true form of voting. Spending is voting. Your money is the oxygen on which the system runs. Look into alternatives to giving all your money to the biggest corporations.