[Marxism] Greens, Dems and Building Working Class Independence,
sgabosch at comcast.net
Sun Mar 27 05:07:14 MST 2005
It is striking in this discussion how participants are able to find some
agreement about what they are *against* - but not much agreement on what
they are *for*.
I too oppose the Democratic Party and the two-party bourgeois political
system in the US. But, in my opinion, it is not enough to just identify
what one is *against*. One must also be clear about what one is *for*.
I am for many things, including what is demanded in the 1975-1976 Bill of
Rights for Working People that Mark talked about recently, but above all, I
am for revolutions that put in power workers and farmers governments that
can abolish capitalism and begin humanity on the road to socialism.
Others might consider formulating what they are *for*, especially what they
are *for* in terms of state power - and which class(es) they advocate
should hold that power.
Stating what one is ultimately *for* in terms of state power and class
struggle establishes the essential political principle one works
from. Figuring out how to achieve this principle in real life - thinking
through a conscious strategy to accomplish what one is *for* - flows from
Without openly stating the political principle, one can become susceptible
to confused and conflicting strategizing that is based largely on trying to
unite opposition tendencies, postponing until too late the task of
formulating and carrying out a revolutionary strategy. The experience of
all successful and failed socialist revolutions in the 20th century
demonstrate this again and again. It is not enough to just oppose unjust
aspects of capitalism or even capitalism on principle: the working masses
must also organize a revolution. In my view, this is why one must be clear
not only on what one is *against*, but what one is *for*.
- Steve Gabosch
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