NIRVANA WANTS YOUR VOTE TO COUNT
by Thomas M. Sipos, managing editor.
[July 11, 2006]
Former Nirvana guitarist Krist Novoselic has found a new calling in life -- promoting
electoral reform to increase the impact of YOUR vote in future elections!
The Washington-based grunge
musician serves on the board of Fair
Vote (aka, the Center for Voting and Democracy) which promotes such
reforms as "instant runoff voting" and "initiative and referendum" (the
latter enabling people to bypass state legislatures and vote directly on
Seeking allies in his crusade,
Novoselic addressed the 2006 Libertarian
Party national convention on July
2, 2006, in Portland, Oregon.
to the Hollywood Investigator the night before his speech, Novoselic said,
"I really like the libertarian ethic, and I think the convention is a great
forum to share ideas on inclusive democracy, electoral reform, and try
and get people participating again."
was invited to speak at the convention by William
Redpath, a national LP official in charge of obtaining ballot access
for the party's candidates. His work over the past years was deemed
a success, party delegates elected
Redpath as their new National Chair at the 2006 convention. Redpath
also serves on the board of Fair Vote, which is where Novoselic first met
if he is a libertarian, Novoselic replied, "I'm more of an anarchist. I am concerned about centralized economy in the United States. I'm
concerned about centralized democracy in the United States. Centralized
media. I'm into people coming together, cooperative buying, cooperative
selling, and efforts outside of the state structure.
Compton, California, Novoselic was partially raised in his native Croatia. Asked if he had any comments on the Balkan or Iraqi wars, Novoselic said,
"Well, that's a pretty heavy question in the context of this interview. I just might punt on it. I am glad that the perpetrators of atrocities
on all sides are beginning to be held accountable, and that there's healing
and peace and reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia."
has long been a politically conscious musician. In 1995 he founded
the Joint Artists and Music Promotions Political
Action Committee, and he authored Of
Grunge & Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy.
about his current music projects, Novoselic said, "I play acoustic guitar
with Jack and Dino." Any new CDs coming
out? "Not that I know of."
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