[Marxism] Independence is Not Nothing

wrobert at uci.edu wrobert at uci.edu
Wed Aug 9 18:51:34 MDT 2006

While I agree with your major premise (aka that the left should put more
effort into working on major projects in meaningful coalition rather than
fighting over details in some future platonic socialist constitution), I
am not sure that the Conneticut Democratic primary is necessarily a very
good indication of where people are overall.  I do think that it is
notworthy that Immigrant Rights rallies have brought far more people than
the anti-war movement has recently.  I think we can have more than one
focus.  After all, the Bolshevik example you brought up had three.

                                robert wood

> We are not discussing my priorities as a white leftist, whatever that
> means.
> We are discussing what to learn about what people think, based on the
> Lamont
> victory over Lieberman. What I take from that victory is that a
> single-issue
> orientation to the Iraq War successfully turned the election into a
> referendum on the war and unseated a three-term senator. Further, I am
> arguing that un-branding the electoral effort -- to achieve a broader
> unity -- is the way to electrify the people and generate a massive
> response
> beyond those who are attracted to your particular flavor. I discussed in a
> little detail what un-branding would mean to the Greens attempting --
> theoretically -- to unseat Maria Cantwell. From memory I could come up
> with
> dozens of examples of Trot-speak used in SWP electoral campaigns that are
> just as stupid and boneheaded as prattling on about the Green Party's Ten
> Key Values. People just don't care what the programs of little parties are
> because such programs are immaterial to changing reality, which requires
> the
> participation and leadership of the masses. That's why when the Greens
> split
> in 2004 into Nader and Cobb camps, that pretty much finished the Green
> Party
> forever in the eyes of the masses, California notwithstanding.
> Where in the rule book is it written that, as you say, "Remember, a
> multiparty election for office is NOT a referendum on a single issue."?
> This
> is nothing more than received wisdom. On that basis, there is nothing to
> do
> by way of winning until people take up one's program in its electoral
> entirety. I am sure that you personally do bunches of political work and
> don't really sit back physically, but I think it is sitting back
> politically
> to dismiss the overwhelming importance of the issue of unity.

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