[Marxism] Germany's Die Linke shows the way for the left

brad bauerly bbauerly at gmail.com
Sun Sep 20 12:19:10 MDT 2009

I don't think it really is as simple as either Luko or Einde (sp?) make it
out to be.  Some places where Die Linke have entered coalitions with the SPD
do show both the limits to electoral politics and the necessity to meet the
people were they are at to squeeze out even the slightest of gains for
people.  However, has the left not learned anything from the many attempts
to enter electoral politics within bourgeois democratic limits without a
very large movement on the sidelines.  If Die Linke has committed one fatal
error it is to place more emphasis on electoral party tactics than on
movement building.  If/when they fail to bring socialism to Germany it will
be because of this failure.  I think some of the discussions that Bhuskar
had linked to a few weeks ago lay out the inherent problems with trying to
govern under the current system and these could be elaborated on by bringing
in concrete historical examples (of which there are many) of failed attempts
to capture bourgeois states in an effort to transcend capitalism.  This also
relates to the point I made a few weeks ago about the blessing/curse of the
US two party system where a anti-capitalist party would never have the
pleasure/agony of governing.


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