Mainstream, LPA, communists

Jeffrey Booth booth2 at husc.harvard.edu
Fri May 24 08:36:07 MDT 1996


Sorry to post this again but I wanted to change the heading in case
anyone is interested in the subject.

On Fri, 24 May 1996, Jeffrey Booth wrote:

>
> Louis G.,
> 	O.K., let's talk about "mainstream politics".  The majority of
> registered voters are registered as *independent*.  Polls consistently
> show around 60% support for a "third party".  In most elections, most
> people don't vote.  The Democratic and Republican parties have no internal
> life to them to speak of:  meaning that what few ward caucuses they have
> left, have no real power.  The vast, vast majority of workers have no
> contact with the party apparatus' or do *any* work for the big business
> parties.
> 	Nothing is to be gained by communists in working in/for the
> Demrepubs.  In fact, damage is done.
>
> 				-- Jeff Booth
>
>
> On Thu, 23 May 1996, Louis R Godena wrote:
>
> >
> >
> > Dear Jeffrey Booth,
> >
> >                                 You criticize the CPUSA--an organization
> > which, in spite of everything, professes a
> > belief in the need for socialism--for working to defeat the Republicans.
> > Yet you are enthusiastic in
> > your efforts on behalf of Labor Party Advocates--the leadership of which
> > treats all talk of socialism as
> > blasphemous--as they continue working to.....defeat the Republicans.
> >
> >                                   Now let's talk about MY inconsistencies.
> > Back in January, when we were just getting
> > warmed up, I wrote you, in response to your inquiry,  that, as far as I was
> > concerned, LPA was "surely a
> > still-born movement, trying vainly to be all things to all people and ending
> > being nothing to anyone."  I
> > then went on to my assessment of Mazzochi and Wages as a couple of unctuous,
> > opportunist, second-rate labor
> > hacks who had parlayed a few kind words for the American worker into a
> > profitable sideshow for middle level down-at-the-heels labor lieutenants and
> > eclipsed political padrones like Jesse Jackson and Bernie Sanders.
> > In other words, much the same kind of outfit you accuse the CPUSA of
> > aspiring to be.   Nonetheless, I
> > advocated working with LPA in a manner CONSISTENT WITH OUR PRINCIPLES.   In
> > a mass organization of
> > workers, or one with the potential of being such, it is clearly the duty of
> > communists to enter into struggles
> > around strategy, line, and tactics.
> >
> >                                    That remains my position, even though, as
> > we have seen from several postings to the
> > list, LPA has continued to degenerate into a tyrant's latrine (pissoir)
> > presided over by some of the most
> > backward labor misleaders  ever to have their fat asses hang sideways over a
> > chair.   If communists were
> > willing to struggle against mealy-mouthed middle-of-the-road reformers and
> > opportunists, can they do any
> > less against the likes of Mazzochi and his hangers-on?
> >
> >                                     Ideally, I would like the Communist
> > Party to create its own "fronts" to agitate around
> > elections, with, of course, the goals of class struggle and socialism as an
> > integral part of such a program.
> > That we have not yet done so is, in my view, lamentable enough.   I do not
> > wish to augment this state of
> > affairs by withdrawing completely, as I believe you are doing, from the
> > arena of mainstream politics, however
> > flawed and ambiguous that arena may be.
> >
> >
> >
> >             Louis Godena
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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> >
>
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