[Marxism] Jacobin editor urges voting for Clinton in swing states

Ralph Johansen mdriscollrj at charter.net
Tue Apr 5 11:36:22 MDT 2016

On 4/4/16 3:41 PM, Michael Yates via Marxism wrote:

Halle has turned into one of the biggest jackasses on the internet, accusing anyone, in the most slanderous terms, of being ultra leftists and elitists if they are not all-in for Bernie Sanders. He so much wants the approval of the Brooklyn "intellectuals" close to Jacobin that he seems not to be able to help himself.


Without going ballistic (given some of the caustic comments that have been made here), I wonder if those who oppose participation of list readers in the Sanders campaign would comment on what John Bellamy Foster writes here. Does Sanders's campaign have all of the attributes that Foster ascribes to it? How far would you go in endorsing (and as opposed to what viable alternative, aside from protesting to no discernible effect) what Foster says here https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/03/23/is-democratic-socialism-the-american-dream/?

Foster writes, to quote at random: '...the present dismal state of the U.S. economy and the impetus behind Bernie Sanders’s electoral campaign, which is aimed at the needs of workers and working families...In advocating democratic socialism, Sanders has promoted a pragmatic politics of the left....He advocates job programs in the tradition of the New Deal. All of these proposals represent things that have been accomplished in other countries, particularly the Scandinavian social democracies, where the populations are better off according to every social indicator. By portraying them as possible here, Sanders has brought the idea of socialism — even a moderate kind — from the margins into the center of U.S. political culyure...“Online social networking has allowed Sanders supporters to reinforce one another’s beliefs, so that the general shutout of Sanders by the mainstream media — and even a good deal of the leftist media — has allowed Sanders to survive where he would have suffocated even in 2008.”...If there is any larger lesson here it is the resilience and widespread appeal of socialism with its root egalitarian values....Real, live democracy leads in the direction of socialism. For millions of Americans today, what Sanders is expressing in his idea of democratic socialism is nothing less than the American Dream.'

He is, to the consternation of the powers in charge, 'arousing the sleeping dogs of class struggle,' and articulating them well. Who else in a comparably broad venue is doing so? And despite what follows in the presidential arena, do you really think that the effect on his constituents of exposure to his message and the new awareness of their large numbers will in net effect be more negative than positive? And assuming that it is positive, and without getting into the thicket of the tacit endorsement of Hillary by the Jacobin editor which I oppose, that right now, with Sanders surging, every shoulder to this wheel is needed for that reason (as well as for the credibility of the small, scattered, disorganized left wing in the US)?

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