[Marxism] Marx Document

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Sep 30 10:53:07 MDT 2012

> Hello, I've been searching for the document by Marx which explicitly and
> clearly details why workers should not vote for liberal bourgeois
> parties, and vote for onlyworkers parties, even if they have no chance
> of winning, and even if a few extra reactionaries get in, in order to
> forge their political independence. If you could give me the link to
> that, I'd appreciate it greatly. Thanks.


Here the proletariat must take care: 1) that by sharp practices local 
authorities and government commissioners do not, under any pretext 
whatsoever, exclude any section of workers; 2) that workers’ candidates 
are nominated everywhere in opposition to bourgeois-democratic 
candidates. As far as possible they should be League members and their 
election should be pursued by all possible means. Even where there is no 
prospect of achieving their election the workers must put up their own 
candidates to preserve their independence, to gauge their own strength 
and to bring their revolutionary position and party standpoint to public 
attention. They must not be led astray by the empty phrases of the 
democrats, who will maintain that the workers’ candidates will split the 
democratic party and offer the forces of reaction the chance of victory. 
All such talk means, in the final analysis, that the proletariat is to 
be swindled. The progress which the proletarian party will make by 
operating independently in this way is infinitely more important than 
the disadvantages resulting from the presence of a few reactionaries in 
the representative body. If the forces of democracy take decisive, 
terroristic action against the reaction from the very beginning, the 
reactionary influence in the election will already have been destroyed.

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