[Marxism] Earl Browder

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Mon Oct 3 14:50:01 MDT 2005


Charles queries a position attributed to me by quoting my writing that:
"It's not as though the CP tried to push the New Deal towards socialism
by working through the Democratic Party"

In fact, the full sentence read: "It's not as though the CP tried to
push the New Deal towards socialism by working through the Democratic
Party--and then the rest of us started engaging in hindsight."

The key to the sentence was not whether or not the CP was trying to push
the New Deal towards socialism, but that criticism of this approach did
not come about as an after-the-fact piece of hindsight.  The Democratic
Party is the graveyard of social movements and third parties...and this
had been going on when the CPUS was nothing but a glint in Stalin's eye.

Earl Browder's daddy--if memory serves--learned the hard lesson when he
watached the Populist movement flushed into the Democratic sewer.
Browder's grandparents generation had to level more than arguments
against supporters of Democrats like Jefferson Davis...and the previous
generation had to figure out Andrew Jackson, that colorful old
slavedriver for the common man....

The point is that the CP's approach was nothing new...and its failure
was entirely predictable based on what years and decades of radical
experience had already told us.  Stalin and Popular Fronts don't need to
enter into it...the American radical experience is quite sufficient to
have rejected it.

So, too, the argument that a revolution would have happened if the CP
had not helped sell this discredited strategy is besides the point.  A
revolution will most assuredly NOT happen if organized radicals continue
to urge upon the masses the idea that ruling class institutions and
parties have legitimacy. 

Solidarity!
Mark L.






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