[Marxism] The Greens are now socialist?

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 9 07:27:50 MDT 2016

I believe I have previously on this list critiqued the Greens' new
"socialist" platform plank. It's certainly, as the authors of this new SW
article say, an advance over their former muddled, "stakeholder capitalism"

However, the new plank is a historically dishonest rejection of what they
call "state socialism" - without differentiating any of the previous
examples of that overly broad category (i.e. early or late Soviet Union,
Yugoslavia, Cuba, China, Vietnam, etc. etc.).

Instead the new plank calls solely for local worker/community controlled
democracy, following the line of its advisors, Gar Alperovitz and Richard

This total silence on the need for democratic national and international
socialist democracy would be a diversion under most circumstances, but in a
climate-changing world requiring quick and thorough restructuring of all
industries and living spaces, this self-limiting revolution is an
invitation to the end of the planet and all its species.

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