[Marxism] What kind of party do we need?
jeremy at infowells.com
Sun Mar 22 17:01:23 MDT 2009
My answer to this question for me living in California, lies in the
California based Peace and Freedom Party. I am just now changing my
Green Party voter registration to the Peace and Freedom Party.
"The Peace and Freedom Party is an open, multi-tendency, movement-
oriented socialist party. We are united in our common commitment to
socialism, democracy, feminism and unionism and our common opposition to
capitalism, imperialism, racism, sexism and elitism."
Even though a long-time reader of WSWS, I have decided that the
Socialist Equality Party(SEP), with traditional Trotskyist exclusionary
organizational Principles (democratic centralism, development of
"leaders", not a "parliamentary" party, etc.) is not what is needed in
the US today in 2009.
The PFP can develop a Socialist Transitional Program that is not a
capitalist "reformist" (Green) program. The "open" character of the PFP
invites the many "single-issue" groups to make the PFP the party to
fulfill it's particular agendas of filling people's needs.
Without an end to capitalism, there can be no end to wars (for oil
and profit), no end to global warming (profitable polluters protected),
no affordable national health insurance (private profit maintained).
privatization continues (public education further destroyed). etc.
Capitalism (U.S, and globally) is unwilling and unable to reduce
profit to supply the it's employees with "living wage" jobs or benefits,
let alone be taxed to support the vast and essential needs of society.
In relentless pursuit to maximize profit, capitalism intrinsically must
destroy humanity and exterminate the natural environment to survive.
The corrupt bankruptcy of Obama and the Democratic Party is obvious. But
so is the Green Party, Nader, "progressive" bailouts, or "quick fixes"
to even long lists of "single-issue" symptoms of failed capitalism.
Thus it an essential task of any socialist movement or party must be to
massively promote a socialist consciousness and agenda in opposition to
run-amok gangster capitalism.
For most working people, "single-issue" activists, the idea of a
socialist alternative is perhaps only now (almost a generation after the
collapse of the USSR) just becoming possible ... and necessary... to
The symptoms of the collapse of capitalism is now having various and
often extreme consequences to our personal lives and family.
Without a mass socialist political alternative we can expect little but
impoverishment, unending wars, and implementation of fascistic martial
law even in the U.S. to suppress the inevitable "civil disorder".
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