Wallace and Nader query

Soldoll@SPAMinreach.com soldoll
Tue Aug 29 21:45:30 MDT 2000

The Nader campaign, as you correctly note, is weaker than the Wallace
campaign.  The CP, while licking its wounds, was still a major political
force. In addition, those national unions that the CP dominated were
involved in the campaign.

In Flint, we wanted to participate in the campaign.  We were still a major
political force, especially in Chevrolet.  There was a great attraction to
the Wallace campaign by UAW members and leaders in Flint.  We were under
attack by the Reuther forces and saw this as a political opportunity to meet
up with the union members involved in the Wallace campaign. We never thought
of the CP as a real contender with  us and didn't believe they dominated the
Flint Party.

There was a similar response in Buffalo and Chicago. I think there were some
articles in an Internal Bulletin expressing their position.

We arrived at the convention without any prior discussion of our poetical
position and we were sandbagged by Cannon who proposed that we run a
national election campaign with Farrell Dobbs as presidential candidate.

The Cannon proposal disarmed us.  How could we support Wallace against
Dobbs? I do not recall any further discussion  at the convention which was
swept up by the Cannon proposal.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Xxxx" <xxxxxxx at xxxxxx.xx>
To: <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2000 6:04 PM
Subject: Wallace and Nader query

> To my mind the campaigns of Ralph Nader this year and Henry Wallace in
1948 are
> roughly analogous for the left although, of course, Nader's campaign is
much weaker
> than Wallace's.
> AFAIK Wallace did not run on a labor platform but his candidicy did hold
the promise
> of a break from two party politics.
> I know the attitude of the CPUSA was very much pro-Wallace and that that
party had a
> strong influence on hte Progressive Party Wallace tried to form. I suppose
this was,
> for the CPUSA, an extension of their pro-New Deal policies.
> What was the attitude of the Trotskyist movement and the labor movement
> Wallace however? I believe the SWP ran Farrell Dobbs for President that
year implying
> that they didn't support Wallace. What was their rationale for opposing
Wallace if in
> fact that was their position?
> Thanks,
> Xxxx

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