The Real AntiWar Movement
Jose G. Perez
jgperez at SPAMfreepcmail.com
Mon Nov 29 11:22:23 MST 1999
Michael Pugliese writes:
>>However my understanding
of the move of some ethnic working class Democrats (not just upper class
academic neo-con policy wonks) to Republican columns during the Nixon and
Reagan era was due to reaction against the "acid, amnesty, and abortion"( to
PJB's phrase, jeez think of Buchanan on acid?)
McGovernite New Politics which shifted the balance of forces in the
Democratic party away from the old party regulars of the Meanyite AFL-CIO
towards neo-liberals like Gary Hart and the DLC(Democrats for the Leisure
Class in Jesse Jacksons phrase) (Before anyone says I'm full of illusions
about the Dems, yes I've read Mike Davis'es first book on the Am. Working
Class and this former believing in Schactmanite/Harrin- gtonian
"realignment" couldn't agree more with Davis on the Democrats fundamentally
1. When you say "working class Democrats," you mean white, male, U.S. born,
i.e., a minority of the working class and precisely that minority in which
the labor aristocracy is disproportionately drawn from.
2. THE BIG SHIFT is not from Democrat to Republican. That is almost
completely and totally a lie made up out of whole cloth by bourgeois
propagandists and reporters. It is from VOTERS to NON-VOTERS.
3. Those who "dropped out" of electoral politics (except in 1998) compared
to previous years were disproportionately working class, and from the most
exploited layers of the working class, who previously had tended to be
suckered in by the Democrats.
4. The off-year 1998 Congressional elections was an exception. In that
election it was participation from typically Republican demographics that
went down. That because even THEIR people got sick and tired of the endless
braying about the Whitewater scandal that no one could make any sense of,
and about Monica Lewinskygate which everyone outside Congress and Washington
newsrooms saw as an enormously entertaining sexual comedy of errors but
hardly a matter of state.
5. The Democrats are not "fundamentally pro-capitalist," the way say, that
the British Labor Party is. The two-party system is one animal with two
heads that feed from the same trough. The Democratic and Republican parties
are not the fundamental political organizations of the ruling class. The
two-party system is the fundamental political organization.
6. This two party system has made bourgeois politics a content-free zone.
People do not vote because there is no "there" there. It's not that all the
choices are basically bourgeois and therefore unpalatable. It's that there
are no different choices period.
7. The two party system lives in intimate symbiosis with the bourgeois
press, which has also become a content-free zone, devoid of any pretense of
reporting on or analysis of public policy.
8. The art of bourgeois politics in the U.S. is looking good on TV. The art
of bourgeois reporting in the U.S. is looking good on TV. Thus the
politicians and political operatives are increasingly intermingled with and
indistinguishable from the celebrity press corps.
9. At no time in American history has bourgeois politics been as openly and
nakedly corrupt as now. Congress is a whorehouse and the two party national
committees are bagmen for an extortion/protection rackets that rake in
hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
10. It has been the accentuation of these trends since 1960 that has led to
a steady decrease in the percentage of the eligible voters who participate.
In presidential elections, it is now less than half. In the off-year
Congressional elections, it is one third. For the big majority of state,
county and local elected officials, participation ranges typically between
5% and 15% of those eligible.
11. Trying to speculate about overall shifts in working class attitudes by
the kinds of electoral contests and outcomes we've had over the past few
decades is about as reliable as using a Ouija board. As things stand, the
big majority of the working class is disenfranchised to all intents and
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