THE LIGHT PARTY SUPPORTS
10 Key Values Of The Greens
Who can we operate human societies with the understanding that we are part of
nature, not on top of it? How can we live within the ecological and resource limits of the
planet, applying our technological knowledge to the challenge of an energy-efficient
economy? How can we build a better relationship between cities and countryside? How
can we guarantee the rights of nonhuman species? How can we promote sustainable
agriculture and respect for self-regulating natural systems? How can we further
biocentric wisdom in all spheres of life?
How can we develop systems that allow and encourage us to control the decisions
that affect our lives? How can we ensure that representatives will be fully accountable
to the people who elect them? How can we develop planning mechanisms that would
allow citizens to develop and implement their own preferences for policies and spending
priorities? How can we encourage and assist the "mediating institutions" - family,
neighborhood organization, church group, voluntary association, ethnic club - to recover
some of the functions now performed by government? How can we relearn the best
insights from American traditions of civic vitality, voluntary action, and community
PERSONAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
How can we respond to human suffering in ways that promote dignity? How can
we encourage people to commit themselves to lifestyles that promote their own health?
How can we have a community-controlled educational system that effectively reaches our
children academic skills, ecological wisdom, social responsibility, and personal growth?
How can we resolve interpersonal and inter-group conflicts without just turning them over
to lawyers and judges? How can we take responsibility for reducing the crime rate in our
neighborhoods? How can we encourage such values as simplicity and moderation?
How can we, as a society, develop effective alternatives to our current patterns of
violence, at all levels, from the family and the street to nations and the world? How can
we eliminate nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth without being naive about the
intentions of other governments? How can we most constructively use nonviolent method
to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree and in the process reduce the
atmosphere of polarization and selfishness that is itself a source of violence?
How can we restore power and responsibility to individuals, institutions,
communities, and regions? How can we encourage the flourishing of regionally-based
culture, rather than a dominant monoculture? How can we have a decentralized,
democratic society with our political, economic, and social institutions locating power on
the smallest scale (closest to home) that is efficient and practical? How can we redesign
our institutions so that fewer decisions and less regulation over money are granted as one
moves from the community toward the national level? How can we reconcile the need for
community and regional self-determination with the need for appropriate, centralized
regulation in certain matters?
How can we redesign our work structures to encourage employee ownership and
workplace democracy? How can we develop new economic activities and institutions that
will allow us to use our new technologies in ways that are humane, freeing, ecological,
accountable and responsive to communities? How can we establish some form of basic
economic security, open to all? How can we move beyond the narrow "job ethic" to new
definitions of "work," "jobs," and "income" that reflect the changing economy? How can
we restructure our patterns of income distribution to reflect the wealth created by those
outside the formal, monetary economy; those who take responsibility for parenting, home
gardens, community volunteer work, etc.? How can we restrict the size and concentrated
power of corporations without discouraging superior efficiency or technological
How can we replace the cultural ethics of dominance and control with more
cooperative ways of interacting? How can we encourage people to care about persons
outside their own group? How can we promote the building of respectful, positive, and
responsible relationships across the lines of gender and other divisions? How can we
encourage a rich, diverse, political culture that respects feelings as well as rationalistic
approaches? How can we proceed with as much respect for the means as the end (the
process, as much as the products, of our efforts)? How can we learn to respect the
contemplative, inner part of life as much as the outer activities?
RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY
How can we honor cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious, and spiritual diversity
within the context of individual responsibility toward all beings? How can we reclaim our
country's finest shared ideals; the dignity of the individual, democratic participation, and
liberty and justice for all?
How can we be of genuine assistance to grassroots groups in the Third World?
What can we learn from such groups? How can we help other countries make the
transition to self-sufficiency in food and other basic necessities? How can we cut our
defense budget while maintaining an adequate defense? How can we promote these 10
Green values in the reshaping of global order? How can we reshape the world order
without creating just another enormous nation-state?
How can we induce people and institutions to think in terms of the long-range
future, and not just in terms of their short-range selfish interest? How can we encourage
people to develop their own visions of the future and move more effectively toward them?
How can we judge whether new technologies are socially useful - and use those
judgements to shape our society? How can we induce our government and other
institutions to practice fiscal responsibility? How can we make the quality of life, rather
than open-ended economic growth, the focus of future thinking?
Copyright © 1996. The Light Party.