[Marxism] Greens, Dems and Building Working Class Independence,

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Mar 26 11:20:57 MST 2005

>But.  Louis. Isnt' that the kind of argument that DSA uses to vote Democrats?
>por el socialismo,
>Erik Toren

This is partially true. The other night I got a phone call from a volunteer 
working for some local politician--can't remember who. After I told her 
that I wouldn't vote Democrat, we had a brief discussion about the 2-party 
system. I said that there were honorable Democrats like Major Owens in 
Brooklyn or the late Ted Weiss on the Upper West Side. However, the 
*institutional* role of the Democratic Party is to co-opt the mass 
movements and tie working people to their class enemy. The funding of 
Congressional, Senatorial and Presidential candidates comes exclusively 
from real estate, finance and retail, etc. Like George Soros, etc.

As I stated here a couple of weeks ago, no new mass party in the USA comes 
into existence fully-born like Athena from Zeus's forehead. I anticipate 
that some of these Democrats will join a new mass party of the left. If a 
labor party is built, I am sure that life-long Democrats in the AFL-CIO 
will jump on board. Keep in mind that John L. Lewis was an AFL functionary 
before committing to the more radical CIO in the 1930s.

But the essential problem is the 2-party system. As long as the ruling 
class can keep politics bottled up, it makes it very difficult to push 
forward a more radical agenda. That is why the Democrats have been so 
hostile to the Greens, even though from an ideological standpoint there is 
not that much difference between Kucinich and Nader.

If we can break the electoral log-jam, it will encourage other forms of 
independent political action. You might see a rebirth of initiatives like 
La Raza Unida or a Black Party or a Labor Party. We must encourage 
fragmentation of the Democrats and win people to alternatives. The big 
problem we faced with this ABB 5th column is that they effectively sealed 
the breach that was opened up in 2000. I say curse their eyes for that.

Louis Proyect
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