[Marxism] [UCE] Fwd: Can you vote for what you want in 2016? | SocialistWorker.org

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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.

full: https://socialistworker.org/2016/08/03/can-you-vote-for-what-you-want



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