[Marxism] What is the actual impact of third parties on the election

Gregory Adler gregadler502 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 10 06:35:16 MDT 2016

At this stage the Green and Libertarian votes don't really change the
relationship between Trump and Clinton so far as the polls go. The Greens
in the US are not a socialist or vanguard party. Stein has many drawbacks
as a candidate  but she comes up pretty good against Clinton or Trump. But
that doesn't seem to me to be the point. In the US a move towards breaking
from the utterly poisonous lesser-evilism that shackles workers,
Africa-Americans Latinos etc to the fetid corpse of "progressive" Democrats
would be an actually progressive move.

Surely the point of Clay's story of his father's treacherous dirty tricks
campaign on behalf of Goldwater is that it was a miserable failure. But the
further miserable failure was that Democrats have spent the last 50 years
created a red-herring by trailing the increasingly tattered coat-tails of
the legislative victories for civil and voting rights from the mid sixties
and have consistently won support on the grounds of lesser evilism to carry
out their actual reactionary policies


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