American Eco-Socialism or American Greenism is an ideology based on the values of the Green Party of the United States. Its ideals are based on the rejection of Capitalism and State Socialism, embracing of Libertarian Municipalism, Ecological Socialism and Economic Mutualism, with state companies dominating various sectors in a democratic way and with small private sector companies. Many Greens consider themselves Libertarian Socialists.
On top of the Four Pillars of green politics which include ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy and nonviolence, the Green Party also has a set of Ten Key Values that expand on the concept which include the following extra: decentralization, community-based economics, feminism and gender equality, respect for diversity, personal and global responsibility and future focus on sustainability.
They were the first to push for a "Green New Deal" (originally created by European Greens), which would be for a transition to 100% green energy along with a carbon tax, in addition to others, including increased jobs, and an Economic Bill of Rights. Services that would be for free include single-payer healthcare, universal basic income, all public (including higher) education, child care, and urban mass transit. Goods and services that would be available at low cost would include public housing, power, broadband, and water.
Other positions would include strong opposition to privatization, cancelling student debt, the right to contraceptives and abortions, access to medical treatment for transgender people and protecting other LGBT+ rights, protecting animal rights, promoting secularism and the separation of church and state, reparations to African Americans, legalization of marijuana and ending the "War on Drugs", repeal of three strike laws, end of death penalty, and banning private prisons.
The eco-socialist economy the Green Party of the United States wants to create is similar to the market socialist mutualist economics of Proudhon which consists of a large sector of democratically controlled public enterprises, a large sector of cooperative enterprises, and a smaller sector of small businesses and self-employed. Consumer goods and services would be sold to consumers in the market by cooperatives, public enterprises, and small businesses. The party will also create cooperative banks offering low interest somewhat similar to Proudhon's Mutualist banks.
The Green Party adapts pacifism, Internationalism, and Alter-Globalism. The Green Party supports a ban on arms sales to foreign countries, banning nuclear testing, cutting the military budget in half, cutting foreign aid to countries with little to no support for LGBT+ rights, support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and that the United States sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Green ideology emphasizes participatory democracy and the principle of "thinking globally, acting locally." As such, the ideal Green Party is thought to grow from the bottom up, from neighborhood to municipal to (eco-)regional to national levels as inspired by Libertarian Municipalism. The goal is to rule by a consensus decision making process as practiced in Democratic Confederalism.
In May 1984, when progressive politics in the United States was fighting for survival, a Green Movement Committee was founded with the goal of “the formation of a Green political organization in the USA.” The committee declared, “To be effective, a Green political organization must originate from a broad base of support, from natural allies concerned with ecological politics and social justice, peace and non-violence, local and regional self-management and grassroots democracy.” That summer, the founding meeting of U.S. Greens took place in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In 1991, the emerging party adopted the name The Greens/Green Party USA (G/GPUSA). But within a year, tensions began to surface over whether the new structure fairly represented all state Green Parties, which was in part a question of how “membership” was defined. For example, in some states, a person could simply register as a Green voter and be considered a member of that state party without any other requirements. However, the G/GPUSA structure required members to pay dues to the national party to be considered a member, even if the state party did not require dues.
In July 2001, the Association of State Green Parties voted to change its name to the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) and apply for recognition of national committee status by the Federal Election Commission.
In 2016, the Green Party passed a motion in favor of rejecting both capitalism and state socialism, supporting instead an "alternative economic system based on ecology and decentralization of power". The motion states the change that the party says could be described as promoting "ecological socialism", "communalism", or perhaps the "cooperative commonwealth". The Green Party rejection of both state socialism and capitalism and their promotion of communalism which was created by libertarian socialist Murray Bookchin places the Green Party into the ideology of Libertarian Socialism.
Howie Hawkins who was nominated in 2020 by the Green Party to run for president of the United States identifies as a libertarian socialist and eco-socialist.
American Eco-Socialism cares very much about social and ecological justice. Having grown from the ‘60 anti-war movement, they are hippie-ish and often idealistic.
How to Draw
The design for American Eco-Socialism is based on the design of the Green Party of the United States logo.
- Draw a ball with eyes.
- Fill it white.
- Draw in a green diamond shape with rounded corners.
And you're done!
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- Libertarian Socialism - My umbrella ideology.
- Eco-Socialism - My self-described ideology.
- Steinism - My peace activist daughter.
- Libertarian Market Socialism - My economics.
- Libertarian Municipalism - You inspire much of my ideology and future goals.
- Democratic Confederalism - Much love for Rojava.
- Vermontese Progressivism - A fellow American Progressive and my Vermont branch merged with you, sweet!
- Democratic Socialism - A little too moderate, but you too values socialism and freedom and we get along pretty well!
- Social Libertarianism - Where the US Libertarian Party and I meet in the middle (still too capitalist).
- Libertarian Social Democracy: Now this is more my speed! And a lot of my followers like you and a few of my state branches align with you too.
- Social Democracy - You're probably the best of the liberals, but you're still capitalistic and a tad statist at the end of the day.
- Libertarian Capitalism - You recognize the oppression from the government but not the corporations steering the wheel?
- Big Tent Liberalism - You are where movements go to die.
- Neoliberalism - The "lesser evil" is still evil.
- American Democratism - You aren't owed my vote. We are nothing alike. Also, how can you claim to champion voter rights when you consistently fight to remove the Green Party from ballots? Champions for "democracy" with super delegates...
- American Republicanism - Pretty much awful on every issue. Althoug Rand Paul is good on Foreign Policy.
Green Party US
Green Party US
- John Rensenbrink
- Howie Hawkins
- Mike Feinstein
- Ralph Nader
- Jill Stein
- Cheri Honkala
- David Cobb
- Joel Kovel
- Murray Bookchin
- Jello Biafra
- Malik Rahim
|Eco-Cooperativists - Green energy co-ops for the win!|
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|Self-Inserts||Faera • Yoda8soup Thought • Owfism • Logical Totalitarianism • Federal Communalism • Tomjazzism • Blue Nephalem Thought|