When I started this blog, I did wonder if I were the only one thinking about the fact that many of the most vocal Greens define the party as "of the left." I am happy to report that I am finding others whose view is very much in line with mine. The most recent is from another blog hosted here: SoCalGreen. I have just added it to my template. Roger has got it right.
The big split between leftists Greens and Green Greens may be on their attitudes toward Corporations. Again, I find myself in agreement with Roger in the way that we should treat corporate behaviour. Roger says:
Corporations are not per se bad. They're just a collection of people doing business under a group name. People have been doing that for a very long time, and nothing about doing business mandates poor community citizenship or moral corruption.
But the legal structure surrounding corporations both requires and permits them to do what are essentially evil things without personal responsibility for the individuals doing the bad acts, and remove any need to look beyond beyond short-term profit, and foolishly selfish motives.
This is in conrast to the Forrest Hill / Todd Chretien assertion that "Green politics will not work without a left critique of capitalism, both in terms of its dependence on the perpetual destruction of the natural resource base and its exploitation of workers." This is essentially a socialist / Marxist view and that is not where I think this party should be.
I hope that this plays out in the Senatorial Primary. All three candidates have similar view on the Iraq War. Their viewpoints as to what else this party should be doing should make a difference in who we select. From what I have seen so far, the one who most closely matches what I think is Kent Mesplay.