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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 issues).

Seeking allies in his crusade, Novoselic addressed the 2006 Libertarian Party national convention on July 2, 2006, in Portland, Oregon.

Speaking 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."

Novoselic 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 such 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 him.

Asked 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.

Born in 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."

Novoselic 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.

Asked 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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