[Marxism] Fwd: The Popular Front and its Relevance in the Present Struggle

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Apr 3 14:45:04 MDT 2016

The seemingly unstoppable rise of Donald Trump and the militant 
right-wing elements that his nativist, chauvinist bravado has inspired 
to levels of activity not seen in decades in the United States, has 
forced many on the Left to ask what can and should be done to oppose 
Trump on an organizational level. Inevitably the Popular Front is 
invoked as the prime historical example of a strategy of joint 
opposition of fascism by liberals, socialist, and communists; a 
blueprint for cooperation against the fearsome force of fascism. But is 
this really an appropriate strategy? I believe that examining the 
Popular Front and the related United Front as they manifested at two 
points in history will provide the key to answering this question: the 
Popular Front in France in 1934-35, and the United Front in China in 
1923-27. It is not the aim of this article to formulate a plan to 
address the rise of fascism associated with Trump’s campaign, merely to 
furnish a more proper understanding of one of the most commonly-invoked 
strategies for doing so.

full: http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=12515

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