[Marxism] A proposal for a New Party
jimthecelt at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 26 14:23:24 MDT 2007
I received, through Marxmail, your proposal to start a new socialist party. That interests me! But, there are already several socialist parties of one version or another. This tendency to sectarianism has been the curse of the American Left for a century. What is the advantage of forming yet another party? Why not encourage workers to unite behind one of the existing ones that is not hung-up on some arcane points of ideology? Jim Dwyer
Jerry Wells <jeremy at infowells.com> wrote:
The âNew Partyâ proposal previously is not a proposal to create a new
âthirdâ party. Nor is it a call to recruit the masses to any existing
socialist or green party. All existing âsocialistâ parties are
identified by their long history, complex ideology, and are focused on
matters that are basically incomprehensible and irrelevant to American
working people today.
The concern of most working people today is on the problems of personal
survival. These âpersonalâ problems have become multiple social and
Many hundreds of âsingle issueâ groups , involving millions of
individuals, are now actively trying to address these multiple crisis.
The Iraq war, global warming, lack of health insurance, lack of âliving
wageâ jobs, affordable housing, credit card debt, sustainable energy
concerns, prison reform, etc. â¦single issues groups have involved
millions of people.
The ânew partyâ proposal seeks to create an âumbrellaâ organization, a
socialist political party, to unite these efforts. Political campaigns
would be organized at federal, state, and local government to take power
and implement the platform of the new party.
The ânew partyâ is identified socialist because the common thread that
unites these crisis is the realization that they are ultimately caused
by the corporate capitalist economics and regime now in power.
The Democratic party is fully a partner in maintaining the system of
corporate domination. Cindy Sheehan is one individual who has realized
this and left the Democratic Party.
There would hopefully be a call to have a founding convention of the
ânew partyâ, with representatives of the many organizations and actvist
individuals, to end the rule of corporate capitalism, that is
facilitated by the Democratic/Republican bi-partisan dictatorship.
At the founding convention a name for the ânew partyâ can be
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