The Illinois Greens just finished their convention. A lingering question came up about why the “Green Party” is doing better in say New Zealand and Germany. I thought that I would share this thought:
In my opinion, parties/organizations on “the left” have had an easier time in Europe and Eurocentric countries because they never made mythical nor romanticized a post-feudal structure that mimicked feudalism as they fully sought to destroy all remainders of monarchy and aristocracy by way of socialistic and quasi-socialist structures (the “Nordic model” for instance) — we didn’t. The closest we (the US) came was during the “rise” of unionization and “progressivism” through the 60′s which correlates well with the broadening of the middle-class.
Unfortunately, we see many of these same countries are now adopting a regressive, Americentric third-way, neoliberal-to- Randian Conservative model (Britain) to ends similar to ours — with a DECREASE in the middle-class. Which countries are doing the best? The Nordic countries. We can debate the economic size and diversity in these Nordic lands but we can not debate their living standards, access to healthcare, infant mortality rates, and other indicators of modernity and advanced social equity and cohesion.
We need a diverse array of candidates who can deconstruct American myths and mythology while simultaneously promote and invite contemporary civic engagement.