[Marxism] Fwd: Who Would You Vote for in 1840? And Who Will You Vote for on Nov. 8? | New Politics
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Thu Oct 27 19:09:36 MDT 2016
Imagine that it is 1840 and someone approaches you on the street and
hands you a flyer for James G. Birney, the presidential candidate of the
new Liberty Party. The flyer says that the Liberty Party opposes
slavery. It is the only party that does.
The Democrats and the Whigs--the two parties of the two-party system of
that time--supported slavery, not to the same degree perhaps, but
neither party opposed slavery. The Liberty Party is new and small, tiny.
It’s candidate Birney has absolutely no chance to win the election. But
he stands opposed to slavery. Who will you vote for on voting day in 1840?
Will you argue that voting for the Liberty Party would be wasting your
vote, and that instead you would vote for the Whig or Democratic
parties, both of which accepted slavery?
Of course, if you vote for the Liberty Party, the Whigs or the Democrats
will take power. They will appoint the Supreme Court. So what will you
do? Vote the Whig Party because it is perhaps a little less a slave
party than the Democrats?
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