IPR interviews Cindy Sheehan

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who ran as the vice presidential nominee of the Peace and Freedom Party in 2012, recently announced she is running for Governor of California in 2014 under the Peace and Freedom Party banner.

She answered five questions related to her run, which IPR readers submitted on the July and August Open Threads.

Reality Watch: Would you be better suited as a Senator than a governor?

Cindy Sheehan: I now believe that for real change, we should focus on state and local elections.

Thane Eichenauer:  Do you support secession of California from the United States?

Sheehan: If it is the will of the people.

Thane Eichenauer: What California prison inmates do you believe are deserving of commutation or immediate pardon?

Sheehan: Everyone there on marijuana or other non-violent drug busts, or on 3rd strike sentences that were non-violent. Jerry Brown has raised the cost of keeping one inmate incarcerated five-fold to 60k/year while per-student spending is less than 9k per elementary student. Brown’s priorities do not match the priorities of the people of the state of California. 

NewFederalist: How do you plan to deal with the state’s fiscal crisis?

Sheehan: The fiscal crisis in California is dire and is tied with the global crisis of Capitalism. Corporate greed triumphs over human need and this paradigm can be shifted state-by-state; country-by-country. California has vast resources of wind, solar, geo-thermal, and hydro energy and tax breaks and other incentives for toxic oil companies need to stop so we can have a “green” economy, not a filthy dirty situation where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

Raising taxes on the corporations and over 700,000 plus millionaire or above households in California would be a good start, but we need to take a hard look at Prop 13 and the damage that it did to the state. Corporations have been sucking this state dry and not giving much back, we need to democratize corporations and the economy.

I am also in agreement that California needs a state bank which has worked for state debt relief in two other states in the US.

Krzysztof Lesiak: Why did you chose to join the openly socialist PFP over the more sensible Greens?

Sheehan: Because I am openly socialist (you act like socialism should be hidden in a cave—capitalism hasn’t worked, how about trying democracy for once inherent in the system of socialism?) and I while I agree with the platform of the Green Party, the platform of the Peace and Freedom Party is more humane and comprehensive in scope.

For more questions and answers, see my interview with Sheehan on Wikinews.  For the entire interview, see Saturn’s Repository .

18 thoughts on “IPR interviews Cindy Sheehan

  1. Oranje Mike

    Her faith in and sense of democracy is frightening. In the socialist model, which claims to abhor violence, there is always a goon with the gun that will seize your wages.

  2. Wes Wagner

    “capitalism hasn’t worked, how about trying democracy for once inherent in the system of socialism?”

    Ummm…. umm… umm…

    So lets trade around systems that victimize people until we find one that benefits me?

    W T F

  3. Reality Watch

    I should have expanded on my question abuot what office she is best suited for. She is an activist, which is great– but my chief concern is that she doesn’t seem to have any executive experience.

    If she’s so interested in local politics now, maybe she should run for state legislature. (And win!) She could make a real difference as a legislator and run a more credible gubernatorial campaign in the future.

  4. Will

    I’m highly suspicious that the real reason she didn’t join the Green Party is because the Greens wouldn’t hand her the nomination without a contest.

  5. Antirevolutionary

    Here’s why Top Two is so great; I can vote for and campaign for Sheehan first and then if she loses the June election, go back over to Brown to block the Republican.

  6. Antirevolutionary

    Krzystof, I hope you can see the benefits as well from the perspective of your libertarian-leaning ideology. You could work hard for an LP candidate and try to get him or her into at least second place in the Top Two primary; then switch to the Republican after the primary if you feel that the Democrat is the lesser evil. In some places you may even get two Republicans to choose from.

  7. Steve Scheetz

    So business is leaving California due to the oppressive taxation, and Cindy proposes more.

    The state has been in bed with the LARGE corporations, a process called FASCISM, and it bears 0 resemblance to a free market.

    I like her plan for non-violent felons, and I like her plan for wars.. Economically, we disagree…

    Steve Scheetz

  8. Andy

    “Sheehan: Because I am openly socialist (you act like socialism should be hidden in a cave—capitalism hasn’t worked, how about trying democracy for once inherent in the system of socialism?)”

    Uuuugggggg!!!! She obviously does not know what she is talking about if she thinks that the system we have had in this country is actually free market capitalism. It sounds like she needs to spend some more time with Lew Rockwell and enroll in some classes at the Mises Institute.

  9. Thomas L. Knapp

    @ 10,

    “She obviously does not know what she is talking about if she thinks that the system we have had in this country is actually free market capitalism.”

    And you obviously don’t know what you are talking about if you think that there’s any such thing as free market capitalism.

    You can have a free market, or you can have capitalism. But since capitalism is by definition a state-regulated mixed industrial economy, there’s no way to have both.

  10. Richard Winger

    #7, if California used ranked choice voting, you would also have the ability to vote for Sheehan and then still vote for Jerry Brown. And the advantage to that would be that Cindy could campaign in the general election campaign season, which gets far more attention from voters. In 2012, the California general election had almost two-and-one-half times as many voters as the June primary.

  11. Andy

    “Thomas L. Knapp // Aug 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

    @ 10,

    ‘She obviously does not know what she is talking about if she thinks that the system we have had in this country is actually free market capitalism.’

    And you obviously don’t know what you are talking about if you think that there’s any such thing as free market capitalism.

    You can have a free market, or you can have capitalism. But since capitalism is by definition a state-regulated mixed industrial economy, there’s no way to have both.”

    It depends on how you define the terms. You know very well about which I was speaking, you are just trying to be argumentative.

  12. Steve M

    and I thought the definition of Capitalism was..

    ” an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market”

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