[Marxism] GP entrails [In defense of Harrington and American Menshevism]

Michael Friedman mikedf at amnh.org
Wed Dec 31 13:24:10 MST 2008

I think it is very important to explain clearly what you mean by "in the
Democratic Party." Are they physically "in" a space, like a stadium, where
socialists (say) can just go and address them? Are they formally enrolled
in the Democratic Party, like some sort of club or union, to which they
pay dues and have formal membership? Or is it that the Democrats place
parameters around an ideological space surrounding the workers, form them
into a Gramscian "block"? Is it that they go out an vote every four years:
is that what puts them "in" the Democrats? Can we "go into" that space to
"win them over" or is the space, itself, the problem? If so, it doesn't
matter if Jackson was to the left of Nader (a decade earlier, at that).

> Message: 21
> Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2008 18:01:04 -0500
> From: "Bhaskar Sunkara" <bhaskar.sunkara at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Marxism] GP entrails [In defense of Harrington and
> 	American	Menshevism]
> Obviously work *outside *the electoral realm is most important for
> revolutionaries forces, I just don't understand why people are wasting
> their
> time in the Green Party campaign, etc.  You can't build a labor party
> without workers and the workers are in the Democratic Party.  Build a
> campaign to fight for them in the Democratic Party; look at the Jesse
> Jackson platform in the 1980s, I would say much of that platform is to the
> LEFT of Nader's platform in 2008.

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