[Marxism] The criticismofreligion[was:RE:Vnzla:reasonstobeoptimistic]

Marvin Gandall marvgandall at videotron.ca
Mon Aug 27 13:04:09 MDT 2007

Joaquin writes:

> The orientation of the CP is not to the Democratic Party ranks. As a
> practical matter, there is no way to implement this as an "orientation,"
> for
> the Democrats have no structures which group together its "ranks." What
> the
> CP has is an deeply-entrenched opportunist political line that calls for
> tailoring and subordinating social movements to the electoralist
> requirements of the Democrats.
> Hence the current UfPJ campaign supported by the CP folks in that
> coalition,
> to target some 60 members of Congress for protests -- every last one of
> them
> Republicans. This is just "negative campaigning" in preparation for the
> 2008
> elections.
But if you want the small socialist groups to self-liquidate and you don't
believe it's possible to reach out to the Democratic ranks in ways which
could distance them from the DP leadership - where does this leave you
politically? The only other option I know of is supporting the the Green
party, such as it is, which is where I think most former SWP'ers and others
on the list would now situate themselves politically. Unless, like Carrol,
you reject participation in electoral politics of any kind in favour of
single-issue campaigns which originate outside the political arena (but
inevitably find expression there also)?

Maybe I've missed some important nuances in your recent posts, but I can't
think of any alternatives beyond the above which a sweeping "rethink" of the
US left's historical practice are likely to uncover. But you're experienced
and creative, and I'll look forward to seeing where your thoughts lead you .

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