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A Little Background on the Calls for a New Party

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Rob Kall's OpEdNews article of July 31 -- "What Do We Do Now That the DNC Rigged & Stole the Primary" -- urges his readers to help establish a new political party. "[T]he corporations have two parties," Rob writes, concluding that we need one of our own. Rob, Kshama Sawant, and others refer to this new party as "a party of the 99%." He's right on target. Forget the shenanigans of the two major parties. What we need now is a new, independent political party of working people.

But to better understand what's going on in American politics right now, we need some historical background to help make sense of things. Take a few minutes to look up four informative items:

1) "We Need a New Political Party," an article by yours truly posted to OpEdNews in March 2013:

2) An Unreasonable Man, a film biography of Ralph Nader, directed by Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan. For some reason the full film is no longer available on YouTube but can be found on Netflix:

Kshama Sawant at Occupy DNC in Philly
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3) "Kshama Sawant Calls for a New Political Party of Working People," also by yours truly and posted to OpEdNews in October 2014:

4) Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate, edited by Howie Hawkins, Haymarket Books, 2006:

No. 1 is self-explanatory. The article is brief and to the point.

No. 2 is a film about the life and career of Ralph Nader, the most important American political leader of the last 30 or 40 years, and the most accomplished progressive candidate for president since Eugene Debs. With all due respect to Bernie Sanders, it was Nader and the Greens who first stood up to the Corp'rocrats back in 1996 and 2000. If folks want to establish a political party of the 99%"and we must--then we have to know this important history about the person who stepped forward to provide leadership when almost everyone else was running away.

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