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Open Letter to Chris Bowers and Markos Moulitsas

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Dear Chris and Markos, 

It has come to our attention that the mere discussion of progressive third party activism constitutes a terminal offense on Daily Kos and will subject any users broaching the topic to the termination of their accounts. Please see here for an instance of this policy being implemented by Kos moderators. 

We strongly believe that discussion of third and independent parties when exercised strategically is a crucial component in advancing our shared objective of progressive change. 

That it can be used to this end is evident in the fact that your current organizing drive revolves around supporting Senator Bernie Sanders' efforts to prevent cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits. 

Senator Sanders, as you know, belongs to a third party: he is an Independent Socialist. Had your ban been in effect in Vermont, Senator Sanders career would have been terminated before it began. 

We therefore respectfully request that you consider reversing your policy banning discussion of third party activism. 

We believe this would constitute a small but significant improvement in the discourse which will be necessary to effect progressive change.  

David Swanson 
David Lindorff 
Margaret Flowers 
Kevin Zeese 
Matt Gonzalez 
Ben Manski
Scott McClarty 
Ted Rall 
Paul Street  
Gregg Jocoy  
John Caruso  
Joanne Landy


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