[Marxism] Vermont poised to elect America's first socialist senator

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Fri Nov 3 16:35:48 MST 2006

Michael Hoover wrote:
> > have never understood gladhanding over individuals, it a set up for
> disappointment...
> have never been a big sanders fan, but that matters much less than
> that he and every other
> progressive/left/socialist elected official be made *painfully* that
> her/his seat in the *political suite* is subject to our activity in
> the *political street*...without this relationship, the elected
> *socialist* will fall prey to some degree or another to the plague of
> *go along to get along*, his/her perception of who their constituency
> is begins to change, etc...

I don't believe this relationship has ever been worked out very
carefully or correctly in u.s. politics. As a result electoral efforts
(win or lose) instead of enhancing non-electoral activity (and
vice-versa) _absorb_ that activity. Eventually the left _has_ to develop
significant electoral power, but the difficulties and traps are many.
> no guarantee that above won't happen anyway - has anyone seen the
> electoral road to socialism...

No indeed. Nor will we ever. The idea of an electoral road to socialism
is incoherent: elections take place within a constitutional framework, a
framework that guarantees private property!

> iwhat should vermont voters do about sanders...

Within current conditions it probably doesn't make much difference.

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