[Marxism] Fwd: The (un)Democratic Primary: Why We Need a New Party of the 99%

Shalva Eliava shalva.eliava at outlook.com
Tue Apr 26 16:59:29 MDT 2016


Well if we're offering anecdotal evidence, I see a lot of people in the large pro-Sanders groups that I am in on various social media saying the exact opposite, with petitions signed by tens of thousands of people calling for Sanders supporters to either write him in or vote third party...

> On Apr 22, 2016, at 11:53 AM, Louis Proyect via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
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>> On 4/22/16 8:58 AM, Mark Lause via Marxism wrote:
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>> I really want to urge the articulate supporters of the Sanders campaign to
>> put together a balance sheet on this experience.  I'm not making this as a
>> rhetorical call.  There are things worth assessing here.  And there is a
>> need for us to go forward with tools and processes with which to make such
>> assessments.
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> John Gulick on FB:
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> After devoting a lot of time and energy (months of it) to criticizing the Sanders campaign/movement from the left -- in a circumscribed and non-sectarian fashion, I hope -- last night I wandered on to the Facebook page of an old college acquaintance, an ex-college radical turned liberal (although he calls himself a "leftist") and a diehard Democrat. To me this world is an alternate reality, but of course it's the mainstream reality far more overwhelming than my own little fantasyland. Anyway, there's a very spirited dialogue (sometimes nasty, usually civil) between Clinton supporters and Sanders supporters on his page, but there is almost universal agreement among the Sanders supporters -- many of them quite avid -- that once it's mathematically impossible for Sanders to get the win, he should stand down for the greater good of the DP in the general election. Hardly any of them view the Sanders campaign -- and to them it's a campaign, not a "movement" -- as a left-populist insurgency that is trying to change the party, much less fracture it. They merely see it as a contest between two good candidates with somewhat different ideologies, policy ideas, and approaches to socio-political change.
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