Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, January 8th at 8 pm EST the book club will hold our conference call discussion on Independents Rising. Our guest will be Jackie Salit, the author and the President of IndependentVoting.org.
The call in number for the call is (805) 399-1200 and the access code is 767775# .
I am looking forward to our conversation.
Today we hear from Brandi Martindale who shares some of her thoughts and questions after reading Chapter Two in Independents Rising:
Populism vs. Centrism: The Complicated Birth of a Third Party.
Brandi is a graduate student in organizational psychology at Columbia University and a member of the Independence Party Executive Committee in Queens County.
“Chapter two illustrates the political maneuvering used in the nineteen-nineties to establish the Reform party as one who served all people – namely inclusive to people of color, and to people from a wide range on the political spectrum. By forming the Patriot party on a Populist platform, in unison with the Reform party, Fulani, Newman, Sabatine, and other independent leaders were able to reject a Centrist perspective. When absorbed by the Reform party, the Patriot party brought with it a strong, long-lasting sense of inclusive bottom-up organizing. This chapter is a story of a successful organizational merger, speaking volumes to the strategy and strong vision involved in bringing the culture of one organization into another without losing the integrity of the mission, goals, or values that both organizations were founded on.”
Brandi’s Questions for Jackie:
Did the Perot/Lamm runoff for primary endorsement fragment and hurt the party movement, or conversely, did this conflict help to bring the dialogue of third-party-politics into more american homes?
A large portion of the American public is unaware that independent voters make up the majority vote – a contributing factor to Perot’s loss described in chapter two. Could increased access to information be a major tool empowering independent voters?
Throughout the formation of the Reform party, strong allegiances were formed while other relationships fractured. Is the level of interpersonal conflict that exists within political organizations an inevitable obstacle?