Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate

Edited by Howie Hawkins

“If the history of popular insurgencies against old regimes teaches us anything, it is that they are based on hope, not fear; rising expectations, not a demoralizing resignation to the lesser evil; a positive program for a better world, not business as usual to protect us against something worse. It is time for the Greens to declare their unequivocal independence, democratize their party’s internal structures, organize the majority that is already with the Greens on immediate demands, and build a self-confident Green movement and party that is ready and able to take power and resolve the very solvable social, political, economic, and ecological problems of our society.”
--From Independent Politics

Leading independent and Green Party activists ask, can we break the two party stranglehold on U.S. politics? Ralph Nader, Peter Camejo, and other Green Party members and allies assess the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, and debate strategy for how to build a challenge to the Republicans and an increasingly corporate Democratic Party.

Other contributers include: Todd Chretien, David Cobb, Joshua Frank, Alan Maass, Todd Sevigny, Walt Sheasby, Sharon Smith, Norman Solomon, Jeffrey St Clair, Donna J. Warren and Sherry Wolf.

About the author

Howie Hawkins is a Teamster and Green activist in Syracuse, New York. He has been active in movements for peace, justice, the environment, and independent politics since the late 1960s and in the Green Party in the US since it began organizing in 1984.


“We all should be appalled at our profoundly undemocratic electoral system. This volume makes a valuable contribution to our thinking about that controversial and difficult subject—the role of an opposition third party.”
--Howard Zinn,

”The future of the Green Party clearly depends on confronting honestly the bitter lessons of 2004. This is an invaluable sourcebook: rich in ideas and unsparing in its critique of liberal ‘lesser-evilism.’”
--Mike Davis