New Facebook Group Created

The number of inquiries about starting a new political party has been huge this year. (I wonder why?) I’ve begun to realize that I have become the bottleneck in this process.

So I’ve created a new tool for those interested in doing something active to connect and discuss their ideas: a new Holistic Politics Facebook group. ¬†Unlike the page, the group allows all members to create posts. I’m going to be light in the administration. As long as you are reasonably polite, on topic, not selling aphrodisiacs, and/or advocating illegal activities, you can post away.

And “on topic” is not limited to starting a party. The group is for discussing anything related to what is on the Holistic Politics site.


That said, there are downsides to Facebook groups. They are too much oriented by timeline vs. thread for my taste. Realtime conversation can be a real time sink. Drilling down to see old comments is annoying. Facebook’s whack-a-mole interface fatigues me.

So I intend to set up an old school forum on the site as well. This may take me a while.

 

Is the Trump Win a Victory for the Upper Left?

I did not vote for Donald Trump yesterday. In fact, I refused to vote for any Republicans out of disgust for some of Trump’s statements and habits.

But Trump might be an ugly realization of the market opportunity that I have been pointing out for over a decade.

Let me explain.

I first came across the idea of mixing populism with a vision of smaller government when I read None Dare Call it Conspiracy back in high school. The idea was mixed with a bunch of outrageous conspiracy theories that bordered on anti Semitism. I have seen this mix in later years mixed with racism on the paleo conservative web sites, which are now labeled alt-right. The mix can also be seen in the old Reform Party.

When thinking of possible new political party names, I seriously contemplated American Party — and rejected it. I did not want to mix my ideas with racism and conspiracy theories. My hope has been that a clean revival of classical liberal ideals in a successful package could squash such ugliness. (Those long out of power often resort to conspiratorial mindsets.) I may have been preempted.

For American citizens, Donald Trump is economically far to the left of any Republican since Eisenhower. He’s more of a pre-McGovern Democrat than a conservative. He’s Dick Gephart with an attitude. He is arguably to the left of Hillary.

True, he has also revived racism somewhat, which is also an old Democrat trait. But Trump’s racism is not aimed at our black population — which stands to benefit from protectionism and a closing of the borders. Nativism favors the black population because on average Black America has deeper roots here than White America. Most black immigration ended in 1808. And by making U.S. Citizenship harder to get, it increases the value thereof. This constitutes a form of reparations for past injustices for the descendants of slaves who didn’t really get full citizenship until my childhood days.

Socially, The Donald is way more liberal than recent Republicans. He has a very European attitude about sexual mores. While he doesn’t drink himself, he has put his name on a brand of Vodka. And he ran casinos. He has long been in the vice industry. He has a serious potty-mouth.

Trump has flopped around on the issue of marijuana legalization, but overall, I’d say he has promise. (His running mate, not so!)

On gun rights, Trump has gone all in for the Second Amendment on his web site.

Given how Obama has revived the Cold War, and Hillary wants to make taking out a Russian ally her top priority, Trump may well be the peace candidate among the major party choices.

The Downside of Trump

As I wrote at the beginning, I did not vote for Mr. Trump. He has added a very ugly spin to the idea of the Upper Left.

  • His rallies had an authoritarian vibe that remind me of the 1930s. (Look up National Recovery Administration parade.)
  • He has made incredibly evil statements about bombing and torturing our enemies.
  • His tax and spending plans could cause the deficit to balloon. Deficit spending is regressive. This pushes him back towards the Right economically.
  • A serious¬†attempt to expel the millions of illegal immigrants will be a civil liberties nightmare: racial profiling for those who look Mexican. The project is impossible with a national ID.

For now, I shall try to hope for the best. Maybe this is a Nixon Go to China thing. Maybe an ugly cover is needed for good ideas.

Or maybe we really, really need that new political party.

The New Party Bug Bites Again

It is an itch a must scratch, an idea I cannot put down no matter how impractical given my current life circumstances. The United States needs a viable new political party.

And so I am in the process of freshening up the New Party Manual on the main site. And I want to ask ye the readers if you are interested in my revising the complete manual and publishing it in Kindle or book form. I wouldn’t be free; I don’t have free time any more, but with paid time I could do it.

Anyway, this post is mostly a stub. I wanted to create a New Political Party category so I could link to it from the main site.

The revised Part 1 of the manual should be on the site by the end of the day.