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Interview with Stephen Shenfield, Spokesperson, World Socialist Party of the U.S.

If you’re occasionally taken aback by the number of socialist, anti-capitalist and otherwise radical-left parties in the United States and worldwide, this interview may not fully satisfy you. However, if you are equally impressed with the thoughtfulness, critical-mindedness, and honesty of many members of such groups, this interview will impress you. And if you have


Interview with Bob McNeil, Presidential Candidate, American Citizen Party

The American Citizen Party calls itself a “revolutionary” party. Its home page asks readers: “Would you participate in a revolution if you were assured that the end result would be more freedom and prosperity than you have ever experienced in your lifetime? Would you participate in a revolution if you were assured that, in the


AFNC Chairman Hill: America First Party “highly unlikely” to run national candidates in 2012

  In 2002, a group of Pat Buchanan supporters left the Reform Party to form the America First Party, a group Wikipedia calls “paleoconservative,” and which opposes homosexuality, abortion, gun control, affirmative action, and illegal/unlimited immigration. We spoke with National Chair Jon Hill, who was pessimistic about the party’s chance of running national candidates in


Interview with David Jon Sponheim, Presidential Candidate, America’s Third Party

Dismissive of the Tea Party as an artificial creation of big corporations and Fox News, the ambitiously-named America’s Third Party is part of a coalition of centrists and moderate progressives┬áthat includes the┬áNational Centrist Party and the slightly more progressive Modern Whig Party (which we’ll interview very soon). ATP’s promises are ambitious: The Tea Party members


Interview with Darryl W. Perry, Chair, Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party was formed in 2006 by former Libertarian Party members dissatisfied with the LP’s “abdication of political responsibilities.” “Americans deserve and desperately need a pro-freedom party,” the BTP’s founders stated, one “that forcefully advocates libertarian solutions to the issues of today”. Among their objections to the mainstream Libertarian Party was its nomination


Interview with Jon Barnhart, spokesperson, National Centrist Party

The National Centrist Party is a fledgling political organization formed in 2010 with the intent “to act pragmatically according to the will of the informed, political center” and “to replace dirty, hyper-partisan, money-centric politics with civil, professional, moderate politics you can actually trust.” The foundational assumption of the NCP is that the center, rather than

Freedom Socialist Party

Interview with Doug Barnes, National Secretary, Freedom Socialist Party

The Freedom Socialist Party is a socialist political party with a unique program of revolutionary socialist feminism. The party formed in 1966. The current National Secretary of the FSP is Doug Barnes. One potentially exciting aspect of the FSP’s current electoral contemplation is the party’s desire to run on a united slate with other socialist


Interview with Mark Hinkle, Chair, Libertarian Party

Mark Hinkle is an American libertarian activist and businessman. He is the National Chairman of the United States Libertarian Party. He was the first party representative to respond to our questionnaire, and has the distinction of being the first interview we are publishing under the Context2012 banner. POLITICALCONTEXT.ORG: Is your party running candidates in the


Progressives urged to leave the Democratic Party

The failure of President Obama and the Democrats to check the fiscally irresponsible and socially heartless behavior of House Republicans in the Debt Ceiling debacle, followed by Standard and Poor’s erroneous but financially devastating downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, has put the Democratic Party in its most precarious position in years. Even before the


Context 2012: The Mosaic of Independent Politics

Shared Media Cooperative and politicalcontext.org will presently launch Context 2012, a media project providing interviews with, debates among, and a constant stream of news about electoral political activity among independent and third party candidates in the United States, running from now until the general election in 2012. Strategies to confront the colonization of the public