During my first interview with Robert Stark, Robert and I concurred that the best ideological platform would be an eclectic mix of Pat Buchanan and Ralph Nader’s beliefs. We further discussed this stance when hanging out in SF, and Robert even requested that I dedicate a post to this issue. On account of the presidential campaign heating up, I figure that now is as good a time as any to honor his request and expand on this topic.
The main reason why I find this presidential race exciting is because the beliefs espoused by both Pat Buchanan and Ralph Nader are enjoying a widespread hearing. Among the Democrats, an avowed democratic socialist Bernie Sanders is posing a real challenge to Hillary Clinton. A remnant of the old left – which was spearheaded by unions and economic progressives like Nader – an ascendant Sanders seeks to place economics at the forefront of political discourse. His primary focus on regular working people has provoked the ire of both #BlackLivesMatter activists and neoliberal open borders fanatics.