[Marxism] Thecriticismofreligion[was:RE:Vnzla:reasonstobeoptimistic]

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Tue Aug 28 10:21:56 MDT 2007

The Democratic Party is a party not a popular front.  You might, indeed,
find it "helpful" to call it one because you believe it "permissible to
enter popular fronts, fight for a socialist programme," etc., etc., etc.

But, of course, you could say the same thing about the Republican Party or
the Catholic Church or the Norwood Chess Club.  Actually, you can say it
about anything.  And, certainly anyone is welcome to believe that pixies
dance in his garden, if he wants, but, as far as analysis goes, it "helps"
about as much as a hit of acid at a Papal visitation.

Please TRY to follow this....

Political parties have one goal: to get the spoils of office.  There may be
all sorts of people with all sorts or ideas bouncing around in the
institution (as in any institution), but the nature of this particular kind
of institution is that it has to win and that always brings forward the
people and policies and decisions that place the priority on this
institutional, not some abstraction of any sort.

You can't influence the Democratic Party by giving it more money than the
bourgeoisie.  Less so now than at any point in its history.  If anyone's
going to get up and fight for a socialist program in the DP, please set up a
webcam first and let the rest of know.  And you can no more influence the DP
by voting for it than you can make an auto company produce a better product
next year by buying whatever they're selling now.

In short, you can't really influence it in the way you're discussing.  It
ain't yours and you're not allowed to touch the important bits.


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