Nader's Olive Branch
hillbily at SPAMintergate.ca
Fri Apr 6 14:47:07 MDT 2001
>> But are they wrong about Nader? Did he or did he not betray this "mass
>> movement?" Should we abandon analysis and let him off the hook?
Louis Proyect wrote:
> Of course it is wrong. Betrayal would describe something like the French
> Communist Party's attitude toward the Algerian war of independence, or the
> Cuban CP's vote for Batista. The notion that Nader is accomodating toward
> Bush is absolutely absurd. He has plenty of faults, but tilting toward the
> Republican Party is not one of them.
You're sure? His abrupt and total retreat from the scene when Bush stole
the election needs explanation.
> To Nader's credit, he has identified
> the Republicans and Democrats as being two heads of the same corporate
He came up with that bolt of brilliance? All third party
candidates--left and right--say pretty much the same thing. Remember
> The reason that groups like the WSWS website hate him is that he
> is not a socialist. But it would not even be sufficient for him to be a
Their critique of Nader is very principled and clings to no illusions
about what should be expected from such a candidate.
> These creeps accused my own party's leaders as traitors and FBI
> agents during the 1970s because they had a different analysis of black
> nationalism and the Cuban revolution.
Which creeps? The WSWS? The Socialist Equality Party? Or some other
group of Trots?
> Sectarian groups are "correct" in
> the sense that every tentative move toward independent class action will
> be flawed.
So we can dispense with the particularities when they occur.
> It is in the nature of a doing political work in a deeply
> reactionary period in a deeply reactionary country. To avoid making
> opportunist or reformist errors, the best thing obviously is not to dirty
> your hands in the mass movement and issue ultraleft proclamations on the
Little is to be expected from Nader. But we must not criticise him
because he's our only hope. Interesting.
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