[Marxism] Julio Huato: Workers, Socialists, And Democrats: Reflections on Strategy

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Mon May 9 14:07:40 MDT 2005


Julio Huato says: "[T]he current focus of our agitation is not the 
"liberalism" of the Democrats, but the right-wing agenda of the 
Republicans" ("Workers, Socialists, And Democrats: Reflections on 
Strategy," <http://www.swans.com/library/art11/jhuato01.html>, 9 May 
2005).  That's exactly the belief upon which the majority of 
socialist activists, as well as liberal and non-socialist radical 
activists, acted in 2004.  And they lost.  Decisively.

Julio Huato argues: "While careful about picking our fights, we must 
fight the 'culture wars' _when they are forced on us and we can't 
avoid them without a larger loss_. However, we should fight them 
_defensively_, i.e., our goal is to frustrate the enemy's designs, 
not necessarily to advance our own (unless the conditions change 
drastically in the middle of the battle)" ("Workers, Socialists, And 
Democrats: Reflections on Strategy," 
<http://www.swans.com/library/art11/jhuato01.html>, 9 May 2005). 
Democrats, as well as the majority of liberal, non-socialist radical, 
and socialist activists who supported them, precisely adopted the 
tactic of fighting "defensively" on the gay marriage question, the 
abortion question, and so on, and so forth.  That's a losing tactic, 
and it shows.  The contrast between their refusal to get on the 
offensive and consequent defeat on one hand and the victories of the 
Socialist Party in Spain and the center-left coalition in Italy, 
which made bolder progressive moves in the "culture war," on the 
other hand, is very clear.  Let's learn from the winners, rather than 
following the losers.
-- 
Yoshie

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