[Marxism] Fwd: Should the left try to take over the Democratic Party?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Nov 7 10:15:59 MST 2016


Should the left try to take over the Democratic Party? That question is 
answered affirmatively in Benjamin Kunkel’s Sweet ’16: Notes on the US 
Election that appeared in Salvage, a British journal launched by Richard 
Seymour and other well-known Marxists in July 2015. Meanwhile, Jacobin 
founder Bhaskar Sunkara and managing editor Nicole Aschoff, a lecturer 
in sociology at Johns Hopkins, make the case that Only Socialism Can 
Defeat Trumpism in The Nation, an article that might be more properly 
titled “Only a Reformed Democratic Party Can Defeat Trumpism”.

Despite the freshness of magazines like Salvage and Jacobin, there is 
something a bit musty about such advice. When you consider Kunkel’s role 
as a founder of the very smart and sassy n+1, you have all bases of 
Young Turk Marxist journals covered. Considering the hoary past of the 
Democratic Party hostile takeover strategy, you’d think that there would 
be an aversion to the Earl Browder shuffle from insurgent youth. But 
then again, Jacobin has always been friendly with Dissent Magazine, a 
proponent of working in the DP just as much as the CPUSA’s Political 
Affairs journal.

To some extent, this might have been expected given n+1, Salvage and 
Jacobin’s infatuation with the Sanders campaign. When Sanders turned out 
to be much more of a Democratic Party insider than an insurgent, many on 
the left were reconciled to fall into line behind him since “Trumpism” 
(whatever that is) was considered such a threat. Speaking with Marxist 
authority second to none, Adolph Reed wrote a provocatively titled piece 
Vote for the Lying Neoliberal Warmonger: It’s Important that probably 
had the effect of allowing the smart, young Marxists to support Hillary 
Clinton, the candidate of the oldest, continuously functioning 
capitalist party in the world. Reed was like a rabbi telling a Reform 
congregation that it was okay to eat shrimp.

full: http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=12948



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