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The Liberalism-Communitarianism Debate

a book by C. F. Delaney

(our site's book review)

He says that “For those who recognize that real community is voluntary and who do not insist on communitarian values as a means to forcing conformity on people against their will, liberalism is the foundation of communitarianism.” (Libertarian is nearly the opposite of liberal—it's much closer to conservative. All parties say they want to empower communities, but the actual measures they support in Congress and the ones supported by the White House are pro-corporation, not pro-community. Apparently money talks louder than professed communitarian principles. What a shocker.)

Only money decides the agenda. Principles are irrelevant.
Only money decides the agenda. Principles are irrelevant.

This "community is voluntary"-no-"community is imposed" controversy is the type of philosophical discussion that fills this tome. Is anyone listening? There is no visible communitarian party on the American political horizon, and the “L” word (liberal) is still a dirty word in elections. Perhaps the academics need to try a new approach to wake the citizens up to possibilities beyond business as usual. But forming a communitarian party would simply be another act of political trickery—mere hypocrisy. We all know why: party labels are irrelevant. All parties are, and always will be, Corporatocracy parties, call them what you may. Campaigns are financed by—guess who? Correct: the Corporatocracy. (Plus a few rich dudes with too much time on their hands and way too much money.)

All parties are, and always will be, Corporatocracy parties, call them what you may. Campaigns are financed by—guess who? Correct: the Corporatocracy
All parties are, and always will be, Corporatocracy parties, call them what you may. Campaigns are financed by—guess who? Correct: the Corporatocracy

People who try to form new political parties run into several insurmountable barriers. The powers-that-be in the U.S. oligarchy hate change so they make sure the politicians or would-be politicians, as well as party organizers, know that a viable new party with a message and platform unapproved by the oligarchy is a no-no. Those with the audacity to go against the wishes of the powers-that-be will find that their backers dried up, the media pundits ridicule them, the other parties gang up on them, and the registration process which must be done in each state turns into an impossible task, since the fix is in.

Democrats and Republicans in office have created procedures and requirements that make it difficult for minor parties to be listed on ballots in many states. A presidential candidate must collect over one million signatures to be listed on the ballot in every state. This is an insurmountable barrier for most minor parties that lack established organizations in many states. Rarely has a minor-party candidate been able to qualify for federal campaign funds as the party’s candidates must receive 5 percent or more of the popular vote in the general election. Minor parties rarely receive significant media coverage and they are routinely excluded from televised debates in which major-party candidates participate. The electoral system is rigged against third parties—in fact, the entire sustem is rigged against anything not Democratic or Republican.

Academics need a new approach to alert citizens to possibilities beyond business as usual
Academics need a new approach to alert citizens to possibilities beyond business as usual

The interest in the 1992 Perot candidacy shown by Americans proves there’s interest, but the poor choice of Ross Perot to represent this party shows that no one has figured out how to go about presenting a clear alternative effectively. And Stockdale, the running mate, asking "Who am I? Why am I here?" during the debate made all watching doubt Perot's judgment.

Stockdale: 'Who am I? Why am I here?'
Stockdale: 'Who am I? Why am I here?'

In the meantime, the philosophers will go on pontificating. Of course, there is also an even bigger problem: Politics will never save our country—it's way beyond that, in 2014. And no way the powers-that-be will ever let a third party candidate win any election. Anyone unable to see that the game is rigged by now has his head either in the sand or up a certain part of his body we'd rather not discuss. By the way, no matter how many parties there are, there's still only one party, effectively: the Corporatocracy party. Unless the rules for PACs, campaign finance, and the ability of corporations to influence elections change radically (fat chance), that's how it will be forever.

People who can't see the game is rigged have their head in the sand
People who can't see the game is rigged have their head in the sand