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News Growl invited each of the five New York gubernatorial campaigns appearing on the November ballot to contribute to this story. As of publication we have heard only from Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, and Larry Sharpe of the Libertarian Party.
BROOKLYN (Workers World Today) — When we work in a capitalist business, we produce more value than we receive in wages. It’s called exploitation. A rich class lives high off the hog on the labor of a working class. Under slavery, it was slaveowners exploiting slaves. Under feudalism, it was the landowners exploiting serfs. Under capitalism, it is capitalists exploiting wage workers.
In a capitalist business, our wage as workers is fixed. But the business owners take all the net income for themselves as profits. Because most people earn their living working for the tiny class that owns most business assets, the rich get richer and the rest of us struggle to pay our bills.
The other problem with working for a capitalist is you lose your freedom. The owner – or the supervisor he hires to boss you around – makes you work as directed if you want to keep your job. You have little say in how to get your work done, even if you know your job better than your boss, which in my experience has been quite often.
In a worker cooperative, each worker receives a salary during the year and then at the end of the year a share of the cooperative’s net income – a “patronage dividend” – that is proportional to the labor each worker contributed. The workers collectively make management decisions or, in a larger business, elect the board that hires the managers.
Each worker has one vote, no matter how big or small their ownership share of the business.
Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate, and Marc Molinaro, Republican, have a surprising amount in common in their quest to be elected governor of New York. Both consider political corruption one of the biggest problems facing the state, and they offer similar fixes. Both want to change the way New York handles economic development spending and funnel much of that money into infrastructure. Both, unlike Gov. Andrew Cuomo, made time for an hour-long meeting with The Post-Star editorial board....
Hawkins brings a refreshing pragmatism to politics. He has no sharp edges, just a sincere commitment to principles such as the right to a job with a decent wage, accessible health care and a quality education. In the current context, with scientists around the globe warning of a looming climate crisis, the Green Party’s focus on environmental issues no longer seems like a fringe platform. Hawkins advocates, for example, that the state transition to 100 percent green energy by 2030, a goal that may at one time have seemed unrealistic but now seems necessary.Read more
New York Times: October 19, 2018
Howie Hawkins, who is running for governor of New York, has run for an elective office 24 times. He has lost 23 times. Despite his losing record, he doesn’t get discouraged.Read more
Cuomo so far has not agreed to a televised debate with Molinaro or accept one that includes the minor party candidates like Larry Sharpe of the Libertarians, the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins and Stephanie Miner, a Democrat mounting an independent bid for governor.Read more
With just two and a half weeks to go until election day, Governor Andrew Cuomo, a two-term Democrat running for reelection, has not yet agreed to a general election debate with his challengers.
A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Cuomo leading Republican challenger Marc Molinaro 58 percent to 35 percent among likely voters, suggesting that the race will likely be a landslide for the governor. Third party candidates Stephanie Miner of the Serve America Movement, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, and Larry Sharpe of the Libertarian Party, were not included in the poll.
The four challengers have repeatedly called on the governor to participate in debates ahead of the November 6 general election.
By Howie Hawkins
I am the Green Party candidate for governor.
Four years ago, I finished third with 5 percent of the vote. Several of the issues I raised such as a ban on fracking, a $15 an hour minimum wage and paid family leave were at least partially adopted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo after the election.
After the primary debate, which largely ignored upstate New York and many critical issues starting with climate change, I proposed four regional debates (New York City Metro area, Capital District, Central New York and Western New York) to each focus on a topic area: the economy; government reform; environment and climate; and social policy, including education, health care, housing, criminal justice and civil rights.
The debate rules should be determined by all of the candidates and the media and civic organizations, not just Mr. Cuomo. The media and civic organizations should organize the debates and hold them whether or not Cuomo decides to appear.Read more