[Marxism] Re: Different periods, different politics
Jack F. Vogel
jfv at trane.bluesong.net
Tue Mar 9 00:39:52 MST 2004
On Tue, Mar 09, 2004 at 12:01:35AM -0600, Tony Abdo wrote:
> Different period, different politics? I think that we ARE in a different
> period that needs something different done. When Nader announced his
> campaign for the Presidency just recently, it gave both the Socialist Party
> USA and the Greens a golden opportunity to do something different, and try
> to merge their separate campaigns outside the two party framework, into one.
> The fact that nobody has even discussed this idea shows how sadly
> lacking the US Left is right now, in imagination and in innovation.
> Where are all the socialist groups and other Leftists from Workers World,
> Solidarity, International Socailsits, The Green Party, the Socialist Party-
> USA, Znet, etc.? They are trailing behind the non-voting masses, just as
> much as any proDP 'dish rag reformist' might be. They are sitting this
> election out much more than the disenchanted non-voters might be. They
> are the MIA.
> What stops any of these groups (along with Nader himself) fom trying to run
> a Left of the DP unity campaign? It must be sectariansim, lack of
> imagination, stupidty, inertia, lack of contact with the masses... all
> rolled up into one here. How hard is it to say out aloud, we need to run
> against the capitalist parties together? Solidarity to change something!
> Who can blame Marv for being relunctant to leave the DP behind, when all
> the rest of the Left can't get it together?
> Though I consider the Greens to be a limp and phoney pseudo Social Democracy
> failing to gell, that doesn't mean that other socialists should not actively
> try to work with these people by making an effort to get an alliance to the
> Left of the DP formed. So far, nobody and no organization on the Left
> seems willing to try to get this ball rolling. We can only hope, and
> begin to talk about this. It seems as fundamental as A,B,C.
OH YES, do i ever agree with you Tony, the time and the people are
ready, this is what we need, I just hope we can make it happen.
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