[Marxism] Progressives for Obama, version 2.0

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Sep 11 13:41:34 MDT 2012

On March 25, 2008 Tom Hayden, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Barbara Ehrenreich, 
and Danny Glover issued a statement launching “Progressives for Obama” 
that included a number of endorsers with impeccable Marxist credentials 
including Robin D.G. Kelly, Immanuel Wallerstein and Francis Fox Piven. 
Meanwhile Bill Fletcher Jr. was a one-time member of the Freedom Road 
Socialist Organization, a “New Communist Movement” (NCM) group that 
survived the 1980s implosion of Maoism described by Max Elbaum in 
“Revolution in the Air”. For most NCM groups, working in the Democratic 
Party was a tactic while for their Trotskyist adversaries it was rank 
class-collaborationism. Since the inspiration for the New Communist 
Movement was the “heroic” CPUSA of the 1930s and 40s, it was natural for 
them to keep an open mind about the Democrats even if the CPUSA itself 
was widely dismissed as “revisionist”.


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