Who am I? I am the Green Party presidential candidate and a Harvard-trained physician who once ran against Mitt Romney for Governor of Massachusetts.

Here’s proof it’s really me: https://twitter.com/jillstein2012/status/245956856391008256

I’m proposing a Green New Deal for America - a four-part policy strategy for moving America quickly out of crisis into a secure, sustainable future. Inspired by the New Deal programs that helped the U.S. out of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Green New Deal proposes to provide similar relief and create an economy that makes communities sustainable, healthy and just.

Learn more at www.jillstein.org. Follow me at https://www.facebook.com/drjillstein and https://twitter.com/jillstein2012 and http://www.youtube.com/user/JillStein2012. And, please DONATE – we’re the only party that doesn’t accept corporate funds! https://jillstein.nationbuilder.com/donate

EDIT Thanks for coming and posting your questions! I have to go catch a flight, but I'll try to come back and answer more of your questions in the next day or two. Thanks again!

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thirdpartyroundtable1327 karma

In the event that you are not allowed into the presidential debates, would you please consider holding a roundtable discussion after each debate with Dennis Kucinich, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, and Russ Feingold where you all discuss Romney and Obama’s answers?

Put it on CurrentTV and/or stream it over the internet...


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JillStein4President1480 karma

We haven't thrown in the towel on this. In fact we haven't begun to fight. Fight we will because the American people deserve a real debate. The idea that a private corporation - the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) - controlled by the Democratic and Republican Parties is being allowed to silence opposition voices is anti-democratic and unacceptable. Please go to occupytheCPD.org and join the fight to open up our debates. This is just the beginning. EDIT: fixed link

legweed951 karma

Hello, I am a mod of /r/JillStein and /r/GreenParty.

It has disappointed some of us that there is a paragraph in the green platform that says:

We support the teaching, funding and practice of holistic health approaches and as appropriate, the use of complementary and alternative therapies such as herbal medicines, homeopathy, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine and other healing approaches.

Many secular voters support the Green Party, and we support a scientific approach. Would you be willing to remove this from the platform and not fund Homeopathic and *traditional medicine?

And what are your thoughts on the socialist idea (many socialists support you) that workers should own the means of production? Would be willing to set us on a path to reach that goal?

EDIT: Grammar

EDIT2: Also, would you mind explaining for those redditors who have not looked into the Green platform what the "Green New Deal" and "Economic Bill of rights" would include?

JillStein4President893 karma

Agree. The Green Party platform here takes an admittedly simple position on a complex issue, and should be improved.

I agree that just because something’s untested - as much of the world of alternative medicine is - doesn't mean it's safe. But by the same token, being "tested" and "reviewed" by agencies directly tied to big pharma and the chemical industry is problematic as well. There's no shortage of snake oil being sold there. Ultimately, we need research and licensing establishments that are protected from corrupting conflicts of interest. And their purview should not be limited by arbitrary definitions of what is "natural".

(For a technical discussion about the challenges/limits of health research, see the chapter on research in a book i co-wrote, “Toxic Threats to Child Development: In Harm’s Way” http://www.psr.org/chapters/boston/resources/in-harms-way.html .)

JillStein4President411 karma

On the second question - Yes. We need a diversified economy. The Green New Deal creates public and private sector jobs, including worker-owned cooperatives.

LadyLaFee382 karma

Jill, How do you think the Green party will fare this election when the nation has a mentality that they must “choose between the lesser of two evils” and don't seem to know about anything other than the democratic & republican party?

What can we do as Americans to help move this country away from a two party system?

JillStein4President771 karma

For the last decade (and more) we've been told we don't dare stand up for ourselves and what we deserve... that we need to be quiet and vote our fears not our values. The experience of the past decade makes clear however that this silence is not an effective political strategy. In fact, what we've gotten is expanding war and empire, an unraveling economy, attacks on our civil liberties, offshoring of our jobs, declining wages, massive Wall Street bail outs, and the melt down of the climate. Obama has not only embraced the policies of Bush, he's gone way beyond.

Bottom line is this. The politics of fear has brought us everything we were afraid of. We need to replace the politics of fear with the politics of courage. The establishment parties (Dems and Repubs) don't have a single exit strategy from the crises that afflict us. Yet good solutions are available. We - in this campaign - are standing up and pushing these solutions - that the American people are clamoring for - forward.

bigbobo33198 karma

Libertarian ideals and the Libertarian party are having a renaissance of sorts right now due to the efforts of Ron Paul and Gary Johnson. What do you think needs to be done in order for the Green Party to have a similar awakening?

JillStein4President459 karma

To look at the polls, people are clamoring for what the Green Party is offering. Not only an alternative to establishment politics, but a way to get money out of politics (public funding of campaigns, open up public airwaves to public use by qualified candidates, etc.). A way to create jobs and revive the economy (through the Green New Deal). A way to bail out students and provide free public higher education. (It pays for itself as we saw during the GI Bill post WWII that returned $7 in economic benefits for every $1 invested in college tuition.) A way to stop climate change. (Sorry but the Libertarian "personal responsibility" solution for climate change won't cut it.) A way to reign in Wall Street, break up the big banks and create state banks, and an economy that works for everyday people. It's all about getting the word out. Go to jillstein.org to make it happen.

criticalnegation174 karma

your platform states that "decentralized democratic cooperatives" should play a role in the economy and "that economic relations become more direct, more cooperative, and more egalitarian".

how do you propose to achieve this goal? do you propose incentives for coops and other democratic workplaces? or perhaps public awareness campaigns? in italy, for example, marcora law allows people to be forwarded unemployment benefits in order to start a cooperative business.

JillStein4President310 karma

All of the above. We also propose a commission to support economic democracy, including education and financing to promote worker ownership.

sirloinfurr164 karma

Dr. Stein,

Firstly, I love you, the “Green New Deal,” and the end of your “Enough” video, where you're gleefully standing within a garden of beautiful marijuanna shrubs. I find your protest to save a woman's home that led to your arrest in Philadelphia corageous, noble, and heroic. You truly are fighting for the people of America.


As much as I love the “Green New Deal,” I am not convinced that it will reduce deficit. In fact, I think that it may increase the deficit, because it is such a drastic (and highly desired) tranformation.

And as much as I'd love to have my student debt forgiven, it is backed by the government, meaning that the government and tax payers would get the burden of paying off the student loans if they were forgiven.

So please provide some numbers on how The Green New Deal will help reduce the debt of our nation.


JillStein4President364 karma

Actually the estimated cost (Phillip Harvey, Rutgers University) to get the Green New Deal going are about the cost of the first stimulus package. We can pay for this - and much more - by cutting the bloated military budget in half, having the rich pay their fair share (Wall Street transaction tax, taxing capital gains as income), and by moving to a Medicare for All health care system, (which saves trillions over the coming decade by eliminating the massive wasteful insurance bureaucracy and stabilizing medical inflation). More on this at jillstein.org .

lazerpuppynerdsammic164 karma

Thanks for doing this. My question for you:

What are your opinions on the US space program and what do you want to see it accomplishing in the future? Will you ensure that space exploration continues in the US? If so, how?

JillStein4President469 karma

First let me say it's really important we keep war and militarism out of space, and that space research not be hijacked for the ever-expanding war machine. With that caveat, as a science-nerd, yes i'd love to see continued space exploration. No doubt spending on (peaceful) space exploration is far preferable to war spending. If we cut the bloated trillion-dollar military-industrial-security complex in half, we should have plenty of resources for research. Let's see how the budget looks once we have a Green New Deal up and running.

figandfennel143 karma

I'm a voter in New York State, which according to Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight Blog has a 100% chance of going for Obama. Since my vote for Obama won't then have an effect, how would a vote for Jill Stein and the Green party help your various causes?

Additionally, I noticed on the issues page of your site there's no mention of the farm bill(s) and its subsidies. Since the modern industrial farm industry is a huge burden on the environment, is that something on which you have a position?

JillStein4President181 karma

Every vote for the Wall Street sponsored candidates gives a mandate for 4 more years of Wall Street rule. It's a vote for the policies that are destroying our economy, our planet, shipping our jobs overseas, etc. Standing up and voting for the Green Party is a vote for yourself and the future you deserve. Go to occupytheCPD.org to help get our voices out there.

JillStein4President141 karma

Agree. Strengthening local sustainable farming, family and community farms is a major initiative within the Green New Deal. Modern industrial farming (including factory farming of animals) has been devastating for small farmers, for greenhouse gas emissions, for toxic pollution, for public health and nutrition. The farm bill needs to incorporate the needs of public health, small farmers, a sustainable economy, etc.

JezuzFingerz128 karma

Hello Doctor Stein!

I think it is unfair that the American people are only given two options for presidency with a legitimate chance at winning (presently.) Many people think that voting for any other candidate other than Romney or Obama is a waste of their vote.

How can we change this “voting for the lesser of two evils” mentality in the United States?

YouthInRevolt57 karma

Dr. Stein, thanks a lot for doing this AMA!

After each presidential debate, would you be open to the idea of joining Dennis Kucinich, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Russ Feingold (and perhaps others) in a roundtable discussion where you would all analyze & critique Obama & Romney's responses?

We're thinking that these discussions could occur over a Google+ Hangout so that you wouldn't all have to be in the same location at the same time.

JillStein4President36 karma