3rd Party Politics
"Don't vote 3rd party - you're helping the enemy!" We've all heard that old trope. Find out how ideas like ranked choice voting and coalition building work in other democracies around the world & how they could help us.
Video / Audio: 3rd Party Politics
Check out our collection of videos and podcast episodes focused on government of, by, and for the people.
Revolution H’20: A Discussion with Green Party Presidential Candidate Howie Hawkins
Howie Hawkins is the Green Party’s candidate in the US presidential race. He joins Steve to discuss not only his platform, but the role of third parties in US politics and, of course, economics.
Macro n Cheese Podcast Ep. 62 – Ground Zero with Lauren Ashcraft
This week’s guest is a bit of a departure for us. We don’t usually interview political candidates but Lauren Ashcraft is a stand-up comedian, a Democratic Socialist, and an ardent proponent of MMT, so how could we resist? She was introduced to us by our friend Andrés Bernal, who must have recognized how well all these attributes would serve her in the US Congress.
Macro n Cheese Podcast Ep. 65 – Afterberner: The Progressive Path Forward with Jamarl Thomas
The progressive movement is still coming to terms with the suspension of Bernie Sanders’ campaign and his endorsement of Joe Biden. We decided to check in with one of our favorite people in independent media, Jamarl Thomas of Progressive Soapbox.
Written Materials: 3rd Party Politics
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Academic Publications: 3rd Party Politics
A collection of peer-reviewed white papers and working papers from our friends in the MMT academic community.
Investigative journalist Greg Palast discusses the rampant voter suppression in the US. Nearly 8 million votes were not counted during the 2016 election per the United States Election Assistant Commission, the majority being young voters and voters of color. He also mentions that we can expect more of the same in November 2020 and how to overcome it.
This bill seeks to establish a publicly accessible “worker-friendliness” scoring system for every firm that seeks a federal contract, according to their adherence to a list of preexisting worker’s protections (e.g., the Civil Rights Act, The American’s With Disabilities Act, OSHA, the Family and Medical Leave Act, etc.). This score would be included in calculations as “approximately equal in importance or significantly more important than cost or price” in determining the recipients of government contracts. This bill could have a ripple effect throughout the private sector, and go a long way towards reducing currently widespread wage theft and other abusive employment practices.
These identical bills seek to require States and jurisdictions to, within 30 days, develop and make public a plan for safe and uninterrupted voting in the face of COVID-19 and future disasters. This act would require that absentee ballots are accessible and then accepted in these unpredictable times, when a healthy and functioning democracy is more important than ever. We cannot allow necessary quarantines or other safety measures to serve as new tools for voter suppression.
Policy Resources: 3rd Party Politics
Links to progressive bills and proposals currently making their way through the United States Congress