[Marxism] Some doubts from an outsider about theNader-Camejoticket
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Sat Jun 26 09:20:12 MDT 2004
paul bunyan wrote:
> During the 80's when the elder Bush was visiting Germany, the motorcade he was riding in was pelted with fruit, by German spectators. One of the German Green leaders, I think it was Petra Kelley condemned this attack on Bush. It turns out she was riding in that motorcade! The German Greens never claimed to be a working class alternative to the German Social Democrats. They started out as middle class eco-freaks, who like their US counterparts of the same ilk could have cared less about working class issues. I'm not lumping those of the radical ecological movement in the same category. There is a difference.
Although I have very sharp criticism's of James P. Cannon's
party-building methodology, there is one thing he said once (and always
acted on) that seems essential to me. He said the art of politics is
knowing what to do next. *What to do next*.
In the long march toward socialist revolution in the USA, the Green
Party represents a fitful effort toward breaking the two-party monopoly
in the USA. This two-party system is critical in the maintaining of
class rule in the USA, just as the pro-slavery parties of the 1800s
were. The Democrats and the Whigs both supported slavery and ran against
each other more on the basis of tactical disagreements--just as Kerry
and Bush run today.
In the period leading up to the civil war, there were efforts to break
this stranglehold but none as successful as the revolutionary democratic
party that was led by Abe Lincoln. The Free Soil Party was the best
known, but I am sure that Mark Lause can identify others. Such parties
would have received the encouragement of those opposed to slavery no
matter their defects. The same thing is true with respect to the Greens
If by some miracle, left-leaning labor officials today decided that it
was necessary to run their own candidates and nominated somebody like
the leader of the janitor's strike in Los Angeles for President, it
would be incumbent to throw our weight behind that campaign. A Green
Party run under those conditions would be not only a diversion, but an
obstacle to independent working class action. But to counterpose *the
idea* of such a campaign right now to the reality of a Nader-Camejo
campaign is a mistake.
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