Compare the 1912 Elections with the 2012 Elections by Ralph Nader

Panel from Diego Rivera's mural at Unity House, depicting class struggle and labor conflict in industry.  Included are representations of the Homestead and Pullman strikes.  Important figures include Daniel De Leon, Eugene Victor Debs, and William Haywood

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Dec. 31, 2012

Before the electoral year of 2012 slinks into history, it is worth a comparative glance back to the electoral year of 1912 to give us some jolting perspective on how degraded our contemporary elections, voter performance and election expectations have become.

One hundred years ago, workers were marching, picketing and forming unions. Eugene Debs, the great labor leader and presidential candidate that year, spoke to outdoor labor rallies of 100,000 to 200,000 workers and their families gathered to protest low wages and working conditions.

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Go Back To Sleep America At Your Own Peril by Jill Dalton

by Jill Dalton
Guest Writer
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recoveringarmybrat
Nov. 13, 2012

Political Art

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Go back to sleep America. The election is over. The “lesser of two evils” or as Glen Ford so aptly labeled him the “more effective evil” has won and all is well with the world.

You cast your faux fear vote for your faux president who was actually selected and installed by the corporate powers to serve the corporate police state that’s been put into place over the past 30 years and is now accelerating at an alarming rate. The irony is many actually believe their vote matters and global warming doesn’t exist and we’re fighting the good wars and fracking will save us from peak oil and taking our rights away will keep us safe and we’re number one.

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The Liberal Class Is A Corpse by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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Truthdig
November 12, 2012

change in chains

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The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing. It is a useless appendage to the corporate state. It exists not to make possible incremental or piecemeal reform, as it originally did in a functional capitalist democracy; instead it has devolved into an instrument of personal vanity, burnishing the hollow morality of its adherents. Continue reading

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West: We ended up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama

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Homeless Sleeping in a Parking Lot

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Nov 9, 2012 by

www.democracynow.org

As the most expensive presidential election in U.S. history comes to an end, broadcaster Tavis Smiley and professor, activist Dr. Cornel West join us to discuss President Obama’s re-election and their hopes for a national political agenda in and outside of the White House during Obama’s second term. Continue reading

Rocky Anderson: Democrats Line Up For Obama Even With War Crimes, Police State, Indefinite Detention and Assassination of Citizens

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Nov 7, 2012 by

Abby Martin speaks to Justice Party Presidential Candidate, Rocky Anderson, about how we [are] changing the way we vote and building a progressive base.

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Election Results and News Coverage and Commentary via the Internet

Election 2012 button

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Turn off your TV.

Commentary, results, and news via the Internet.

Live:

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Third Party Presidential Debate Moderated by Ralph Nader

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Third-party! Stein, Johnson, Anderson and Goode: four more choices.

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Vote your conscience, vote for a third party candidate.

Updated: Nov. 5, 2012

Here is another video of the  debate.

from

http://vimeo.com/52932562

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, Libertarian Gary Johnson (former New Mexico governor), the Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson (former mayor of Salt Lake City) and Virgil Goode, the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned Constitution Party.

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US Presidential Third Party Debate with Jill Stein and Gary Johnson

Millea Kenin, Bob Meola @BhaktiBob & Jill Stein @JillStein2012 #GreenParty #POTUS Candidate in #Berkeley #CA 9/22/12 #VOTEGREEN

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Vote your conscience, vote for a third party candidate.

Nov 5, 2012 by

Libertarian Party candidate Gov. Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein sound off once more before Election Day, debating live from RT’s Washington, DC studio on November 5.

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Jill Stein Interviewed by Dennis Trainer, Jr.

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If you live in a non-swing state, please consider voting for a third party candidate. Dennis Trainor, Jr explains it in this video.

Occupy Wall Street 1 Year Anniversary. September 17, 2012

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Ralph Nader: Both Parties, Two Heads of Same Corporate Beast

Right and Left Wings of the Same Bird of Prey

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with Ralph Nader

Nov 2, 2012 by

Abby Martin talks to author and former US Presidential Candidate, Ralph Nader, about the US electoral system and breaking out of the “lesser of two evils” mentality.
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Wake Up and Smell the Bullshit. Then Go Vote. by William Blum

by William Blum
Featured Writer
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www.killinghope.org
November 1, 2012

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English: Middle East Map (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The universe unraveling

The Southeast Asian country of Laos in the late 1950s and early 60s was a complex and confusing patchwork of civil conflicts, changes of government and switching loyalties. The CIA and the State Department alone could take credit for engineering coups at least once in each of the years 1958, 1959 and 1960. No study of Laos of this period appears to have had notable success in untangling the muddle of who exactly replaced whom, and when, and how, and why. After returning from Laos in 1961, American writer Norman Cousins stated that “if you want to get a sense of the universe unraveling, come to Laos. Complexity such as this has to be respected.” 1

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Why I’m still not voting for Obama by Todd Chretien

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Obama in Oakland-14

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by Todd Chretien
SocialistWorker.org
October 29, 2012

Does Barack Obama deserve the votes of activists and radicals?

FOUR YEARS ago, I wrote an article for Socialist Worker titled “Why I’m Not Voting For Obama.” The atmosphere in which President Barack Obama is running for reelection could not be more different from the high hopes and expectations that surrounded his 2008 campaign. But I believe socialists and the left must take the same attitude to this election.

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What’s wrong with lesser evilism

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Editorial
SocialistWorker.org
October 24, 2012

Those who advocate a vote for the “lesser evil” hope to defeat the “greater evil” of the right wing–but they enable the Democrats to shift further right themselves.

DOES BARACK Obama deserve your vote? That’s the question people on the left should be asking as Election Day approaches.

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