The time has come to talk about my choice of names for this blog. It is an homage to the farmer movement of the 1800’s which tried to defeat the big business monopolies of their day and break their hold on the government.
The People’s Party or Populist movement was one of the most viable third parties in the history of the country. It killed itself by attempting to “fuse” with the Democrats. An option that has been touted over and over again to today’s Green Party. “Oh come on,” say the Dems “just fuse with us and stop being a spoiler. We’ll still respect you in the morning.” HA! The Populists tried this with the Dems and discovered that they only accomplished the demise of their party. Some of their ideas did get to see the light of day but the party itself was absorbed and digested and ….well you know what happens next.
So I named this blog The Populist Farmer to remind myself and my fellow Green Party members that fusion is death for small third parties.
But I also named it what I did because I believe in the concept of populism. To quote Webster “a belief in the rights, wisdom or virtues of the common people.” I believe in collective wisdom, that many good minds and good hearts working together toward a common goal do so in a wiser, safer way than any one person working alone. As I have often said: if you can’t convince your neighbors of the wisdom in any given solution then perhaps it is because it is not so wise.
Or maybe it’s what Kay said in Men in Black:
“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”
I prefer to hold to my belief in the wisdom of the collective mind.