[Marxism] Fwd: The Split | New Republic

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jun 14 13:24:55 MDT 2016


Throughout most of the 2016 presidential primaries, the media focused on 
the noisy and reactionary rift among Republicans. Until the battle 
between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders turned acrimonious in the 
home stretch, far less attention was paid to the equally momentous 
divisions within the Democratic Party. The Clinton-Sanders race wasn’t 
just about two candidates; instead, it underscored a series of deep and 
growing fissures among Democrats, along a wide range of complex fault 
lines—from age and race to gender and ideology. And these disagreements 
won’t fade with a gracious bow-out from Sanders, or a victory in 
November over Donald Trump. For all the talk of the Democrats’ need for 
“unity,” it would be a serious mistake to paper over the differences 
that came to the fore in this year’s primaries. More than ten million 
Democrats turned out in force this year to reject the party 
establishment’s cautious centrism and cozy relationship with Wall 
Street. Unless Democrats heed that message, they will miss a historic 
opportunity to forge a broad-based and lasting liberal majority.

To help make sense of what’s causing the split, and where it’s headed, 
we turned to 23 leading historians, political scientists, pollsters, 
artists, and activists. Taken together, their insights reinforce the 
need for a truly inclusive and vigorous debate over the party’s future. 
“There can be no settlement of a great cause without discussion,” 
observed William Jennings Bryan, the original Democratic populist 
insurgent. “And people will not discuss a cause until their attention is 
drawn to it.”

full: https://newrepublic.com/article/133776/split



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