[Marxism] Fwd: Bernie Sanders is no socialist: Socialism is his brand, but he’s a Democrat in every way but name - Salon.com
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Sat Jan 16 17:21:12 MST 2016
On 1/16/16 7:14 PM, Shalva Eliava wrote:
> Pssshhhh. I didn't even bother to read the rest of it. His platform
> is clearly within the scope and spirit of social democracy. He's
> raising awareness and expectations - which is more than what the
> "field socialists" have ever been able to accomplish.
If he were running as an independent, I'd certainly support him. The
problem is that he is a Democrat. The key to class politics is creating
a pole of attraction to the left of the Democrats that can challenge
wage slavery just as the Republican Party challenged chattel slavery in
History shows that the Democrats and Republicans are not two
counterpoised forces, but rather complementary halves of a single
two-party system: "one animal with two heads that feed from the same
trough," as Chicano leader Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzalez explained.
Since the Civil War a peculiar two-party political system has dominated
the United States. Prior to the Civil War a two-party system existed
which reflected opposing economic platforms. Since the Civil War a shift
occurred. A two-party system remained in place but no longer had
differing economic orientation. Since the Civil War the two parties show
differences in their image, role, social base and some policies but in
the last analysis, they both support essentially similar economic
This development can be clearly dated to the split in the Republican
Party of 1872 where one wing merged with the "New Departure" Democrats
that had already shifted towards the Republican platform, which was
pro-finance and industrial business. Prior to the Civil War, the
Democratic Party, controlled by the slaveocracy, favored agricultural
business interests and developed an alliance with small farmers in
conflict with industrial and some commercial interests. That division
ended with the Civil War. Both parties supported financial and
industrial business as the core of their programmatic outlook.
For over 130 years the two major parties have been extremely effective
in preventing the emergence of any mass political formations that could
challenge their political monopoly. Most attempts to build political
alternatives have been efforts to represent the interests of the average
person, the working people. These efforts have been unable to develop.
Both major parties have been dominated by moneyed interests and today
reflect the historic period of corporate rule.
In this sense United States history has been different from that of any
other advanced industrial nation. In all other countries multi-party
systems have appeared and to one degree or another these countries have
more democratic electoral laws and better political representation. In
most other countries, there exist political parties ostensibly based on
or promoting the interest of non-corporate sectors such as working people.
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