Open thread time people! Please feel free to share in comments why you’re a Green, or if you’re not, why you’re interested in us anyway!
I had this question put to me recently. It’s a great question for anyone that supports anything political, and having not examined it perhaps as closely as I could have in the past, it actually threw me looking for an answer for a few seconds.
I’ve always been a lefty in a family of lefties- the only time I know of any of my immediate family voting right of centre has been an incidence of strategic votes. I was the one who didn’t laugh when communism came up in a pol sci lecture, who thought left-libertarians who argued for an expansive welfare state were awesome, and for a long time my group conscience has been incredibly strong. In that sense, my choice has always been relatively narrow in New Zealand politics, as most parties here are desperately clinging to the political centre.
For my part, I came to the voting booth when I first voted looking to the Green Party with two strong principles behind me that I felt the Party matched. There was both the impressive understanding of and advocacy for youth by the Greens, and my feminist streak that’s been fueled by the incredibly strong women in my family, and was easily matched by the large amount of women MPs and feminists in the Greens’ lineup. I’ve since stayed over my concerns and criticisms of capitalistic free-market society, the reality of climate change, the worrying overpopulation of our planet and over-consumption of our resources, and principled and strong stands by the Party on civil rights and equality that goes beyond just identity politics and into the practicals of society- like valuing unpaid work. But most importantly, I value the unique openness, representativeness, integrity, and straight-forward style that the Party has adopted in managing its affairs.