[Marxism] [UCE] Fwd: Can you vote for what you want in 2016? | SocialistWorker.org
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Sun Aug 7 18:37:37 MDT 2016
IN THE words of the late U.S. socialist Peter Camejo, "The enormous
success of the two-party, pro-money political system developed in the
United States is in getting about half the people simply not to vote,
and forcing those who do--even when they disagree with corporate
domination--to vote in favor of what they oppose."
By contrast, readers of this website will have a lot in common with
Stein's radical political vision, though we do have some disagreements.
For example, while opposing U.S. intervention in the Middle East, Stein
has sometimes downplayed the role of other imperialist forces, such as
Russia, which is intervening to uphold its own interests.
Stein's newly announced running mate Ajuma Baraka is a dedicated fighter
for Black liberation, opponent of U.S. imperialism and supporter of the
Palestinian struggle. But he has written articles minimizing the scale
of repression carried out by the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria
against the revolutionary opposition, while reinforcing the myth that
the Assad regime represents an expression of "national sovereignty"
against U.S. imperialism. These mistaken views will only alienate people
drawn to Stein's vision of a democratic struggle for change in the U.S.
In general, the Stein platform is clearly left wing, and she represents
an independent alternative to the two-party duopoly. Stein has no
realistic chance of winning the presidential election in 2016 and
putting her program into action. But she deserves the vote of those who
support it--because if they vote for Clinton instead, their agenda will
be set back.
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