[Marxism] Adolph Reed on Trotskyist opposition to the DP

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Aug 8 18:02:23 MDT 2016


Adolph Reed: "For example, Trotskyists and others who fetishize 
association with Democrats as the greatest sin in politics want to argue 
that Sanders would have been more successful if he’d run as an 
independent." 
(https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/08/bernie-sanders-black-voters-adolph-reed-trump-hillary/)


No, the operative term was not "successful". It was "principled". In 
fact it is not "Trotskyists" that Reed has problems with. It is Marxism. 
Until the Popular Front of 1934, revolutionaries never backed bourgeois 
party candidates. In fact the CP merely dusted off traditional Social 
Democratic strategy and applied it using Stalinist pseudo-leftist 
rhetoric. This is a terrible historical burden that a self-avowed 
class-orthodox Marxist like Reed has to grapple with but he comes out a 
winner every time even if principles end up with the shitty end of the 
stick.



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