[Marxism] Fwd: The Limitations of the Liberal Class » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Sep 8 11:02:55 MDT 2014

Teachout and Wu are a representation of this declining labor 
bureaucratic/nonprofit activist/academic faction of the Democratic 
party, what might in more honest times have been called the liberal 
petit-bourgeoisie. This faction is angry with Cuomo’s neoliberal 
austerity policies, his unwillingness to pay lip service to good 
government groups, and disinterest in anything but the most token 
anti-corruption measures. To be fair, the labor bureaucracy split on the 
Cuomo question and threw their votes behind him at the Working Families 
Party convention; as New York allows cross-endorsement the WFP was 
conceived as a way to give union leaders and nonprofit activist groups 
more leverage in the Democratic Party. The fear of losing all influence 
over Andrew Cuomo and any say at the bargaining table with the FIRE 
sector has caused the pushback which led to Teachout’s candidacy.


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