[Marxism] Nader, the american socialist left etc

Jack F. Vogel jfv at trane.bluesong.net
Sun May 30 12:38:35 MDT 2004

On Sun, May 30, 2004 at 10:17:09AM -0700, Nigel Irritable wrote:
> ... 
> Why is it that only a couple of organisations seem to
> be making any kind of orientation towards the radical
> milieu around Nader? Surely that milieu represents a
> great opportunity to get a hearing for socialist
> ideas? Do these people just like isolation?
> Brian
You say you read the ISO piece, well that was an answer
to this question. It seemed fairly clear to me, they 
said they supported Nader in 2000, but now he is gathering
support from forces they are opposed to (the Reform party)
and is schmoozing with Kerry instead of confronting him.

I think that pretty much sums it up, and its fairly close
to why I stopped working on the campaign myself.

A campaign like Nader SHOULD be about building a movement
or party, we all should understand that its not about winning
the capitalist electoral game. Now I don't think that I 
understand just what Nader's real agenda is, but I dont
believe from what I've seen that its party building.

You ask why the various socialist parties dont support Nader,
well you can turn that question around, why doesnt Nader 
build bridges with the Greens or the Labor party? Instead
he goes with his own creation...

I dont know, I completely understand where you're coming
from Brian, we all want to see a non-capitalist party with
a big broad base come into being here, but it just doesnt
seem that the Nader campaign is a 'direct' route to do that.

In Solidarity,


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