[Marxism] Nader and Cobb - equal in the eye of the ultralefts
Dbachmozart at aol.com
Dbachmozart at aol.com
Sat Mar 26 23:40:59 MST 2005
Carlos A Rivera writes -
In my opinion the great problem of the Green Party is the total lack of any
kind of cohesion at a national level. Yeah, Cobb might have stolen the
primary, but it shows just the kind of opportunist narcisist Nader is that
he didn't accept the result, and then vigorously campaing for Cobb, in spite
of himself, as a way to strengthen the Green Party. Instead, Nader accepted
with open hands the support of Republicans out to turn Nader into a spoiler.
Nader and Cobb are both equally responsible for the debacle, and the
membership of the green party is responsible for not choosing better leaders
and having a real organization that can win instead of a debate club for the
disaffected birkenstock set.
1 - Nader is blamed for not accepting the result? This "result" was the
aborting of an independent, antiwar candidacy and hitching the Greens to ABB,
thus putting the movement against an imperialist war into hibernation. There was
widespread dissatisfaction and anger by the Democrat activists over having a
prowar standard bearer like Kerry. Having a well-known candidate as the only
antiwar voice could have attracted a sizeable number away and possibly
started a hemorrhage of the Democrat left.To prevent this was the Cobb campaign's
raison d'etre. Nader has his political shortcomings, but his refusal to go
along with the betrayal of the Green raison d'etre - independence from the
Democrats - was his shining moment. Thanks to the Cobb campaign the Greens today
are in critical condition. For Nader to have campaigned for this betrayal /
scabbing on the antiwar movement would have killed them off.
2 - As long as there is no quid pro quo, I say take as much $$ from the
Republicans as he can get his hands on! If they want to finance a movement that
opposes and seeks to destroy an invaluable weapon of the ruling class for over
a century - the Democrats as "lesser evil" safety valve for the oppressed
and exploited sections of the population - that's their contradiction, not
Nader's. Lenin accepted German imperialism's free train ticket back to Russia in
April 1917, and he was vilified by the Mensheviks as a German agent.Was he
wrong? Hell no!
3 - So one faction of the Greens capitulates to the Democrats and runs a non
campaign, while the other, representing the great majority of the ranks
wants to take on the accomplices of Bush-Cheney, and they're both equally
responsible for the debacle? And the membership is responsible for a minority
pulling off a coup? Talk about blaming the victim. Yes there is a lack of political
and organizational cohesion in the Greens, and the majority was naive in
being unprepared for the undemocratic machinations of the ABB faction. So do we
wash our hands of them and walk away with a condescending " pox on both
factions" haughtiness, or do we dive in and fight to bring about that cohesion?
The purists are waiting for something better - I say that until that something
comes around, the Greens are the only game in town. Batter up!
P.S. As for the gratuitous and snide aside of "the Birkenstock set", many
of us on this list have had the experience of being berated by one who fancies
him/herself as super -prole. My comradely advice - shove it!
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