[Marxism] Rescuing Lenin from Leninists

Ruthless Critic of All that Exists ok.president+marxml at gmail.com
Sun Jul 6 19:48:00 MDT 2008

On Sun, Jul 6, 2008 at 7:16 PM, Mark Lause <markalause at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have to assume that you have a very narrow concept of "socialist
> ideas," but, even so, there are other socialists running.  What's the
> point of having half a dozen purely socialist candidates in the field
> other than for internal organizational consumption?

Several socialist candidates running would have hurt each other's
chances for winning only if one or more of them had a realistic shot
at winning the presidency. Since this is not the case, several
socialist candidates running does not create any problem. Rather, it
brings socialist ideas to *more* people. Suppose that the SLP is
organizationally strong in WI and the SP is strong in PA. If both
parties run candidates, people in *both* SLP and PA will be exposed to
socialist ideas.

It is the "the more, the merrier" principle.

Also, SP candidate Moore has always maintained that he is not running
*against* other socialist or green candidates or McKinney or  Nader.

> This is without raising the question of why you aren't supporting
> McKinney, who proponents of the Reconstruction Party see as a
> virtually socialist candidate.

I don't know about "why you aren't supporting" -- remember, I believe
in ruthless criticism of *all* that exists, including McKinney, SP,
Nader and myself!

But I believe the SP's answer to your question is that McKinney isn't
talking about socialism, and since SP members are socialists and want
"to talk to people about socialism", they see a point in running an SP
candidate who "talks to people about socialism" while campaigning.

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