[Marxism] Fwd: Who Would You Vote for in 1840? And Who Will You Vote for on Nov. 8? | New Politics

Mark Lause markalause at gmail.com
Thu Oct 27 20:26:18 MDT 2016

Democrats in NYC successfully squelched the Liberty vote in 1840 and, four
years later, they beat up the stovemaker John H. Keyser for throwing his
vote away by voting liberty in 1844.

At least, now, the Tammany cudgels are just rhetorical.

On Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 9:09 PM, Louis Proyect via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> 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?
> full: http://newpol.org/content/who-would-you-vote-1840-and-who-wi
> ll-you-vote-nov-8
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