26 September 2016
By Rose Cyburt
The Almanian (Alma, MI)
"This election year, there has been a significant amount of talk about
third parties. Running against Democrat Ken Hart and Republican Jim
Lower for Michigan’s 70th District is Green Party/Socialist Michael
Q. You are running for both the Green Party and the Socialist Party, but which do you affiliate with more?
A. I belong to the Socialist Party. I agree with the ideals of the
Green Party, but joined primarily for ballot access. The Green Party is
taking great measures towards anticapitalism thanks to the
progressiveness of today’s youth.
Q. Are there any major differences between the parties?
A. Yes, there are differences, like the Socialist Party is about
complete socialism. We want to take power from capitalists and put it in
the hands of the workers. Workers include lower and middle class,
students and people without jobs. The Green Party believes in working
through the system to reform and make changes and agreements. The
Socialist Party wants to completely smash the system.
Q. What issue is more important to you: the environment or radical democracy?
A. Those issues are one in the same. Capitalism happens when people
are profit driven; the people in charge don’t care about consequences
because they aren’t affected like the communities are since they are
farther away. If the people in the community had control they are less
likely to pollute because it is their home..."