[Marxism] Earl Browder
jwilm at ruc.dk
Thu Oct 6 09:37:00 MDT 2005
Actually, Earl Browder just quoted Vice-President Wallace, saying the
world could not remain "half-slave".
Wallace said more than a few things leftists then and now might find
sympathetic. (Consider for example: "I believe we can get cooperation
once Russia understands that our primary objective is neither saving the
British Empire nor purchasing oil in the Near East with the lives of
American soldiers. We cannot allow oil rivalries to force us into war."
The Way to Peace, September 12, 1946)
But were they not illusionary, in the sense that even if the democratic
party had carried them, they just favored less brutal means for the
prevailing ends? For example the foreign policy speeches never
questioned such things as free trade, but only intended to use them in a
much more humane way, which of course never has been done. During WWII
he then consequently proclaimed that his "Century of Common Man" was
already on its way, in the shape of the supposedly socially responsible
foreign investment of United Fruit in Latin America.
Has the left ever benefitted from supporting politicians with such
"alternative" outlooks on very un-alternative concerns?
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