[Marxism] Socialist electoralism: from spectating to participation | spreadtheinfestation
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Mon May 5 13:55:21 MDT 2014
If we are following Socialist Alternative’s original vision of a hundred
Sawants – or preferably, a thousand Sawants – by encouraging people to
run for office, then we need to understand that it’s going to be utter
chaos. Some people will run and have no idea what they’re doing.
Others will run with somewhat bizarre platforms that maybe we don’t
entirely like, or want to be associated with. Still others may run in
small-town, suburban conditions which we don’t know much about. Some
will run with the support of various socialist groups, others will have
to build their support entirely on their own. Every attempt is both an
opportunity and a danger – if people have a tough time and we leave them
in the dark, they’ll just burn out and wander away more cynical than
they started. But in trying, people learn.
So not only are we at the historical stage where we should be
encouraging everyone and their brother to make electoral attempts, but
we should also be connecting with them, and connecting them with others.
This way people are sharing information about how to do it
successfully. They are helping stabilize each other’s emotional swings
(“this is awesome!,” “this is pointless!”) into a steady consciousness
that they are part of a larger movement that is trying to make things
work, and learning through trial by error…
…lots of error. But if those errors are part of a larger movement, and
a collective learning process, they are not discouraging. They are the
building blocks to getting where we eventually want to go – a mass party
that can wreak serious havoc on capitalist business as usual.
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