Monday, March 08, 2004

My latest Baltimore Sun op-ed:
Why this Nader voter is switching allegiances four years later.,0,1173096.story

-Previous Sun op-eds

Interesting response at the weblog:

In his Sunpaper article (“A Reversal on Ralph”, March 7, 2004) Nathan Bierma summed up his journey from being a Nader supporter in the 2000 presidential election to being a Democratic supporter in 2004 by concluding that, “Politics, like it or not, is about pragmatism. . . It’s not about idealism, and it’s not really about changing the system, not all that much.” ...

To paraphrase the poet’s words, “If there were world enough and time,” then Bierma’s newfound “pragmatism” would be no crime. But, in light of the recently released Pentagon findings which predict that catastrophic climate change will cause a “significant drop” in the planet's ability to sustain its present population over the next 20 years, there may in truth be nothing as practical as Bierma’s idealism.

Therefore I ask Bierma and other “former” idealists, when thinking about the seeming futility of third party politics in America, to contemplate German Green Party cofounder Petra Kelly’s timely admonition that, “If we don't do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable.”