Planting the seeds of a winning new party!
The United States, the richest yet most unequal advanced industrial society, urgently needs progressive change. Polls show that most Americans want it, yet both our corporate-dominated major political parties stand in the way. The Republican Party openly advocates regressive ideology and policies. Today’s Democratic Party makes gestures in the other direction, yet ultimately sides with its wealthy backers and repeatedly refuses to actively embrace progressivism.
We need a third major party, which most Americans also want, and one that always fights for them -- for economic, social, and environmental justice. It should be a strong champion for all ordinary Americans, including professionals and non-professionals, women and men, and people from diverse ethnic, racial, religious and other cultural backgrounds. And it should be completely independent not only of the Republicans and Democrats, but also the corporate interests that back them. Yet currently there is no such nationwide party, and up until now, no compelling plan to create one.
A critical first step is to support the bottom-up development of viable progressive candidates and and party-building organizations. That is the mission of the Progressive Party Organizing Fund (PPOF) -- to raise and distribute resources for the step-by-step growth of a truly competitive national progressive party.
What’s the main difference between the Progressive Party Organizing Fund and various unsuccessful attempts to create a competitive progressive third party in recent times? Most simply, the PPOF focuses on building a strong party foundation first, by raising the resources needed to help allied activists become effective party organizers and candidates. Many anti-establishment progressives may be increasingly ready to play this role, in the wake of the Sanders 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns, and as the deep corruption of the Democratic Party has become more obvious.
In other words, the PPOF aims to provide essential financial support to the growing number of citizens who want to create a serious, winning alternative to corporate duopoly. That can be decisive in convincing such people, especially those with more political skills and experience, to get and stay involved in this vital project. And even a modest boost in funding for the most promising progressive party building efforts in the country could be a critical spark, fueling new election victories, more party organizing, and the powerful belief that a viable progressive party really is possible.
Small donations from thousands of sympathetic Americans, when pooled together, could quickly become a critical mass of progressive party development and empowerment. Just a tiny portion of the contributions to Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaigns could be more than enough to get a winning new party off the ground in the next several years.