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Ten Key Values as ratified at 2003 Green Party Convention


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The "Ten Key Values" is the statement of principles of the Green Party. Unlike a party platform, it is ongoing from campaign to campaign, and hence is supported by every nominee without modification (the party platform's content is negotiated between the party and the presidential nominee).

Understanding the "10KV" is the first step to understanding the Green Party. I once arranged for Green Party representatives to speak at the monthly meeting of the Massachusetts Democratic Party--I made a "comparison chart" of the Ten Key Values with the Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform for that year. I do the same below with the 2012 national Democratic Party Platform. The party platform is more practical than a statement of principles (a platform addresses "what do we do?" while a statement of principles addresses "what do we believe in?"), but I excerpt the relevant principles for direct comparison.

The purpose of comparing the Green Party and Democratic Party documents is to examine whether the Green Party is just an "extreme" version of the Democratic Party. That is the mainstream media's usual conclusion--but the comparison below demonstrates that the Greens and the Democrats agree on 8 out of 10 principles. We'll leave to the reader whether that constitutes general agreement or extremism--but consider the number of items that the Republicans and the Libertarians would agree and disagree, or the Republican Party and the Tea Party. A reasonable conclusion for the Greens is that they do agree with the Democrats on most principles, but often disagree on how to implement those principles (which is what a party platform is about).

Let's discuss the two principles (marked with asterisks) where the Greens and the Democrats disagree on principle. First, the Greens are indeed "extreme" in their anti-war view (key value #4, "non-violence") while the Democrats are by no means pacifists (especially Hillary Clinton!). Second, the Greens very strongly oppose globalization (key value #6, community-based economics) while the Democrats support free trade (or its softer global alternative of "fair trade"). That 80% level of agreement gets reduced when looking at the implementation details, but not by too much. Take a read on the details if you want to get past the mainstream media's over-simplifications.

 Green PartyDemocratic Party
 "Ten Key Values""Advancing Universal Values"
1 Grassroots DemocracyStanding With Those Demanding Greater Freedom; opposing voter ID restrictions
2 Social Justice and Equal OpportunityMake ending poverty a national priority
3 Ecological WisdomCommitted to protecting our natural resources
4* Non-ViolenceMaintaining the Strongest Military in the World
5 DecentralizationPromoting Transparent, Accountable Governance and the Rule of Law
6* Community-Based Economics and Economic JusticeFree and Fair Trade; Promoting Global Prosperity and Development
7 Feminism and Gender EquityStanding up for Women's Rights Around the Globe
8 Respect For DiversityGay Rights as Human Rights; importance of women & people of color
9 Personal and Global ResponsibilityReinvigorating International Institutions; Volunteerism and Social Innovation
10 Future Focus and SustainabilityWe built our great nation by investing in the future

-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, May 2016
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Civil Rights
    Confront barriers of racism, sexism, heterosexism, & ageism.
    Respect ethnic, racial, sexual, and spiritual diversity.
Corporations
    Decentralize economic institutions & empower individuals.
Environment
    Sustainable society lives within planet’s resource limits.
    Safely dispose of or “unmake” all waste we create.
Families & Children
    Replace male domination with respect of difference of gender.
Foreign Policy
    Foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet.
Government Reform
    Expand the process of participatory democracy.
Homeland Security
    Demilitarize our society and eliminate our WMDs.
Jobs
    Pay a living wage which reflects real value of work.
Principles & Values
    Green Party endorses “Ten Key Values”.


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The above quotations are from Ten Key Values as ratified at 2003 Green Party Convention.

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