Wallace and Nader query
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Wed Aug 30 02:09:45 MDT 2000
Interesting, as always, Sol. I'm just finishing up reading Dobbs' Teamster series and
in the last book he recounts a
discussion the SWP leadership had with Trotsky on the 1940 election. Trotsky had
argued that the SWP should give
critical support to CPUSA leader Earl Browder's campaign for President. Cannon, Dobbs
et al rejected the suggestion
though feeling they'd alienate anti-Stalinist workers. Writing in the 1970s Dobbs
concluded that Trotsky had been
correct and that he and the SWP leadership had erred. Too bad Dobbs died before
finishing his Revolutionary
Continuity series, it would have been interesting to see if Dobbs changed his mind
about Wallace as well.
> Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 20:30:27 -0700
> From: "Soldoll at inreach.com"
> Subject: Re: Wallace and Nader query
> 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.
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