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  • green horiZonMagazine

    number 33 spring/summer 2016

    first issue of volume xiii

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL PUBLISHED BY THE GREEN HORIZON FOUNDATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Newsstand $3

    2016ELECTIONAHEAD

    Presidential Politics USA within a broken system

    Six (related) ways to think about it:Art Goodtimes, Jonathan Martin, Michelle WhittakerGenevieve Marcus, Steve Welzer, John Rensenbrink

    ALSO INSIDE:

    Letters

    Fasci-nation/fascism Charles Keil

    Re-think MONEY and think DEMOCRACY Howard Switzer

    Review of Mark Satins New Age Politics Rhoda Gilman

    Independence for Puerto Rico Olga I.Sanabria Davilla

    Indigenous People and the Environment Romi Elnagar

    Plea for a Benign God David Krosschell

    The Zika Threat Richard Lawson

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    table of contents

    THE TEAMPUBLISHED BY THE GREEN HORIZON FOUNDATION SPRING/SUMMER, 2016 VOLUME THIRTEEN #33

    EDITORS:

    John Rensenbrink: john@rensenbrink.comSteve Welzer: stevewelzer@msn.comMEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF GREEN HORIZON FOUNDATION:

    Ted Becker, AlabamaLinda Cree, MichiganGreg Gerritt, Rhode IslandRhoda Gilman, MinnesotaEllen LaConte, North CarolinaDarryl! Moch, Washington, D.C.John Rensenbrink, MaineLiz Rensenbrink, MaineSam Smith, MaineSteve Welzer, New Jersey

    GRAPHIC DESIGN: Sharon Pieniakwww.bluecatmedia.comLOGO DESIGN: Sean HillEDITORIAL ASSISTANCE:Carla RensenbrinkMEMBERSHIP & BOOKKEEPING:Liz RensenbrinkMEMBERSHIP & MARKETING MANAGER, HARDCOPY:Charlene SwiftMARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, WEBSITE:Brielle Welzer WEBMASTER: Evie Leder

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    GHM, PO Box 476 Topsham, ME 04086 USA

    Green Horizon Magazine is indexed in the Alternative Press Index, which is available from:Alternative Press Center, PO Box 33109, Baltimore, MD 21218

    Fascination/Fascism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 CHARLES KIEL

    The Green Horizon Team . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

    Wicked Wild Politics and Cultural Counterpoint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3JOHN RENSENBRINK

    Building from the Bottom Up . . . . . . . . 4ART GOODTIMES

    Review of Jonathan Martins Empowering Progressive Third Parties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5STEVE WELZER

    Beyond Re-districting Reform . . . . . . . . 7MICHELLE WHITTAKER

    Yes, Petra Kelly was Right, But . . . . . . . 9GENEVIEVE MARCUS

    Bernie Sanders, the Greens, and the New Anti-capitalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12STEVE WELZER

    What a Year (Already!) . . . . . . . . . . . . 16JOHN RENSENBRINK

    Money, Power, and Politics . . . . . . . . . 18HOWARD SWITZER

    Review of Mark Satins 40th Anniversary Edition of New Age Politics . . . . . . . . . 20RHODA GILMAN

    Independence for Puerto Rico . . . . . . . 21OLGA I. SANABRIA DAVILLA

    Indigenous People and the Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24ROMI ELNAGAR

    A Plea for a Benign God . . . . . . . . . . . 27DAVID KROSSCHELL

    Responding to the Zika Virus Threat . . 30RICHARD LAWSON

    LETTERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33JODY GRAGE, B. SIDNEY SMITH, TIM WILLARDLINDA CREE, SUZANNE YAKOWITZ-DRAGAN

    Sustainers 2015-16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

    Check out our website for articles

    www.Green-Horizon.orgDonations via PayPal are welcome. Thank you!

    CHARLES KEIL

    when youre borrowing on the future in order to destroy any possible future,

    you in bad shape when youre following your followers to

    know what to say at the next rally, your leadership sinks to the lowest CD is that Common Denominator, is that

    Compost Dish or is it Community Dread (Collective Dopiness, Certificate

    of Deepshit) only two basic words derive from bhasko- in the lingo of our Proto-

    Indo-Euro ancestors, FASCISM and FASCINATION or is it fasci-nation 1. bundle (as of rods, twigs, or straw),

    also crowd of people: FASCES, FASCICLE, FASCINE, FASCISM [Im not worried about 2. Latin for

    band, fillet, bandage: FASCIA, FESS. ] 3. Probably Latin fascinum, fascinus, an amulet in the shape of a phallus, hence a bewitching: FASCINATE now this, of

    course, is quite fascinating

    we are fascinated when The Donald turns down Fox because Megyn got all bundled up with women and started to pull away

    the veil...the fig leaf...the cod piece to reveal the naked emperor & wizard

    of ooze suddenly, it seemed to me, Dr. chalktalk was talkin Hitler this morning as MC @ WAMC, saying

    cud-it=b fascism? now we got Bloomberg trying to save Wall St. and a big chunk of his own ill-gotten gains by reviving corpse-state: {dark dictum} The

    American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language:

    1. A philosophy or system of government that advocates or exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through

    the merging of state and business leadership, together with an ideology of

    belligerent nationalism. {full stop} 2. Capitol F. The governmental system of Italy from 1922 to 1943. and on they

    go with Italian words for it soon the American lingo will redefine every single

    one straw, twig, rod, lingam

    FASCINATING FASCISM

    CHARLIE KEIL

    is author of Urban Blues (1966); Tiv Song (1979); Polka Happiness w. A.V. Keil and

    Dick Blau (1992); My Music w. S. Crafts and D. Cavicchi (1993); Music Grooves with S.

    Feld (1994); Bright Balkan Morning w. A.V. Keil, R. Blau and S. Feld (2002); Born to

    Groove with Pat Campbell on the web (2006). Charles retired from teaching in 1999

    and has been morphing into an instrument playing poet who gardens sloppily.

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    A B O U T T H I S I S S U E

    I suggest taking the following route for reading this issue: there are two sections. The first is all about politics, especially the presidential race, its discontents and its excruciating yet intriguing possibilities. The second gives you a variety of articles on critical matters that are not about politics, but in a way impinge on it. The first comprises seven articles. The second a series of eye-stopping expositions.

    The first set, on politics, starts with Art Goodtimes who gives you good reasons for thinking that a third party like the Greens should avoid presidential politics like the plague and should concentrate instead on local elections and local offices. The next article is a review of an important book just off the press by Jonathan Martin and reviewed by my co-editor Steve Welzer. The book stresses the crucial importance for a third party like the Greensechoing Goodtimesto concentrate on local, grass roots elections. The third article is by a brilliant newcomer to our pages, Michelle Whittaker. She is a colleague of Rob Richie at Fairvote. She emphasizes how critical it is to put a powerful priority on changing the election rules, for its these rules that make it extremely difficult for the people at large to have a voice in politics and, as a leading example, for a third party like the Greens to even have a chance to win office, especially for Governor, Congress, U.S. Senate and President. She indicates with solid logic that until these rules are changed, running for office is like a noble but foolish Don Quixote venturing to assault the forbidding castles of the mighty.

    Genevieve Marcus, another brilliant newcomer to our pages, picks up on Green Horizons continuing exploration of a politics (including especially presidential politics) that strives beyond the conventional left and right dichotomy. She asks what does that mean, to be out-in-front, as Petra Kelly has famously put it? Steve Welzer then takes you to an analysis of socialism, including Bernies socialism. He gently but with steel in his voice reminds us that we need to think beyond both socialism and capitalism if we are to meet the global crisisthe three interrelated and shocking threats of climate change, economic catastrophe, and out of control militaristic governments. The sheer depth and immediacy of this three-in-one crisis continues to be un-accountably ignored by all of the presidential candidatesexcept one, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. In classical and all too typical story-book fashion, her penetratingly pertinent voice on the real crisis is shoved aside by the mass media. So far...

    I finish the ensemble of six articles with a sober challenge to Jills Greens and Bernies kindred millions to think hard and

    thoroughly about how to navigate the cascading waters of this years presidential election. Much is at stake.

    But your journey through the pages of this issue has only started! Howard Switzer dazzles with his searing analysis of the control of MONEY by the few (the 1% actually). Follow his argument that it must give way to control by all the people if democracyand our survivalis to have a real chance. Rhoda Gilman, member of Green Horizon Board, recalls to our minds an influential book by Mark Satin, New Age Politics. Though written forty years ago, and re-issued now in a new format and introduction, its a crystal ball of what was to come. As