Posted 8 years ago on Jan. 11, 2012, 12:10 a.m. EST by zymergy
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Part I of this thread is found at http://occupywallst.org/forum/when-are-parties-useful-part-i/
Part II of this thread is found at http://occupywallst.org/forum/when-are-parties-useful-part-ii/
Several FORUM posts and comments have called for the creation of a new political party to correct the conditions that threaten representative democracy in the United States.
Links to some of these posts and comments are: http://occupywallst.org/forum/not-voting-democrat-or-republican-sends-the-strong/ http://occupywallst.org/forum/why-not-form-a-new-party/ http://occupywallst.org/forum/open-letter-to-the-1-from-the-99/#comment-577858
There are other posts and comments for sure, but I neglected to note their URLs in passing. If you have these, please resubmit them in the comments here.
Several questions or concerns are being addressed in the above Posts, without actually stating the questions, so I will attempt some questions here:
1) what are the fundamental principles upon which a new party should be founded? 2) how large a political base should we expect for these principles? That is, how many people would join or sign petitions for this party and remain involved? 3) from where would the new party recruit candidates for public office, and how would these candidates be vetted or examined? 4) from where would the funds (capital) come to support the campaigns of this new party? 5) how much capital would be needed to win sufficient state and federal elections to have an effect? 6) how could the party be assured that party candidates would not be corrupted subsequently by accepting additional contributions from outside of the party or otherwise coming under the influence of big money? 7) how could the party protect its principles and practices from subversion by outside interests? 8) how could the party inspire the votes of independents and other non-partisan voters? 9) under what conditions would the party know it is time to disband?
Certainly other questions should be introduced and considered. My list is quite theoretical.