This Unique Political Position Has Piqued My Interest
Start writing a post

While I have sympathies towards the Green Party's stance on environmentalism, I have not seen a substantial amount of focus being placed on it in terms of attempting to suggest sustainable technologies. Since the 2016 presidential elections were happening, I was motivated to contribute to sustaining the environment for my environmental science class in Brookdale Community College. In that class, I remember watching a documentary titled "Chasing Ice" about a photographer who goes to Greenland to record melting glaciers and that was enough to convince me that climate change was a serious threat. Previously, I was in complete agreement with another third political party, which is the Libertarian Party, which is focused on being socially liberal and fiscally conservative and is represented by the color yellow. I would see myself relating more to the Greens and Libertarians, than the Democrats and the Republicans, not by any frivolous belief or dogmatic devotion to any one politician, but out of a pragmatic need to address the issues of climate change.

I would describe myself, at this point, as a political Mello Yello; for I am both green and yellow (DISCLAIMER: The political views in this article are not endorsed by Mello Yello or any of its employees or affiliates and are entirely my own). If I were to start a political party dedicated to ecolibertarianism, I would probably call it the Lemon-And-Lime Party.

Since the Green Party's message is very left-wing, which seeks to have the government provide the monopoly of force especially in environmental matters and because the Libertarian Party wants less government control overall, the difficulty would occur in a position like my own. I would basically need to teeter between more or less government control. But this type of dogmatic political orientation was what led me to fall into this position in the first place, since mine is a position that is about as complicated as the world itself. Government control would have to depend on how crucial the market should be oriented towards green technologies and initiatives to jumpstart it, going beyond simple solar panels and more into sustainability that guarantees complete independence on fossil fuels.

Not only do the Democratic and Republican parties show that they have narrow methodologies in forming their policies, but Libertarians and Greens do also, with Libertarians being too utopian and Greens too intuitive. Dan Sullivan, who wrote his article in 1992 about this unique political position I am in, suggested that Greens and Libertarians have a lot to teach each other, with Libertarians knowing about economic development and the Greens community development.

As for the Libertarian component, I cannot say that I am a Objectivist-leaning Libertarian, which regards self-interest as a prime engine for the growth in the economy. I am also not the type of Libertarian that has no problem with giant corporations doing whatever they want. I would consider myself more of a Libertarian from the Elon Musk school (who has described himself as being have Libertarian leanings); basically I want to let private entities build cool shit. As for how this ecolibertarian market should function, it would be driven by the competition as a result of companies trying to innovate in the face of climate change and third world poverty. As a result, universities should serve the function very much like Arizona State University in trying to develop a new generation of innovator-thinkers, and not as hubs of division and in-fighting.

That is what I find in both the liberal and conservative movements for the most part. While liberals want universities to be their safe spaces, conservatives want football stadiums to be their safe spaces. No amount of wokeness or straight-talking will ever cover the reality that we as humanity are powerless in the face of climate change, for while people in the first world view it as a future catastrophe, there are people such as the Marshallese who see it as a daily reality and they have a lot to teach everyone. Just as well, this would provide a meeting ground between Libertarians and Greens in terms of sea-steading, which is the innovation of creating cities that can float. I can definitely foresee governments around the world cooperating with scientific and technological institutes to creating floating cities. Going back to what was previously said, the issue would involve determining the level of control the government should have and in the case of green innovations, they should be given more opportunities to expand their uses and economic value.

I am more focused on building a better future for everyone involved, since life is too short, we have only one planet, your home is your own castle, and your body is your own temple. I hate talking in cliches, but there is no other way of describing how much importance this unique political position has. While my political basket contains more limes than lemons (and no deplorables thankfully), I would hope that the issue of environmentalism manifests in a more big tent style of political discourse and not one solely reserved for the left-wing, in order to provide more dimension to addressing the central point of fighting climate change.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less

14 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Your S.O. Will Love

If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you.


Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend.

I am simply a forgetful one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Helpful Tips For College Students Taking Online Courses This Semester

Here are several ways to easily pass an online course.

Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels

With spring semester starting, many college students are looking to take courses for the semester. With the pandemic still ongoing, many students are likely looking for the option to take online courses.

Online courses at one time may have seemed like a last minute option for many students, but with the pandemic, they have become more necessary. Online courses can be very different from taking an on-campus course. You may be wondering what the best way to successfully complete an online course is. So, here are 10 helpful tips for any student who is planning on taking online courses this semester!

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments