This post is by Scott T. McLarty and is taken from his comment at The Suicide of the American Left.
For a positive vision of the future and how it can happen, I recommend looking at the Green New Deal promoted by Green Party candidates: http://www.gp.org/GreenNewDeal
One response we in the Green Party often hear is “That sounds nice, but voting Green would only increase the chance of a Republican victory.”
In fact, lesser-evil voting for Dems, “spoiler” accusations, and the resulting assumption by the Democratic Party that it can always take our votes for granted have led to the very deterioration that Mr. Greer describes in his article.
Americans weren’t always so squeamish about third parties. The clout of third parties and third-party officeholders, candidates, and leaders like Eugene Debs a century ago led to the adoption of their ideas by FDR in the New Deal.
Abolition of slavery, women’s right to vote, public election of US Senators, public education, the eight-hour workday, workers’ rights and benefits, and Social Security all came out of alternative parties.
One of the great unspoken reasons for the sharp rightward turn of US politics in recent decades is the exclusive rule of the two corporate-money parties and near disappearance of third parties, thanks to state ballot access laws enacted by D and R politicians to privilege their own candidates and hinder anyone else.
Dems can get away with vague and tepid “Hope and Change” slogans that don’t threaten their Wall Street benefactors instead of substantial proposals like the New Deal when their only rival is the far-worse GOP. Bernie Sanders offers a modest ray of hope within the Democratic Party but the odds he’ll win the nomination remain slim.
It’s still possible that we can build a better world and reverse the tides of oligarchy, climate change, and the national-security/mass-incarceration state, but the solutions and alternative visions will come from movements and parties independent of the two Titanic Parties. The Green Party, which accepts no corporate contributions, will maintain the political revolution that Sanders claims to represent long after he’s out of the race. It’s why we call the Green Party an imperative for the 21st century.