[Marxism] "People's" Party or Workers Party?

Mark Lause markalause at gmail.com
Tue Aug 22 10:18:17 MDT 2017


I agree with much of what John writes on this . . . with a few
caveats/additions.

Yes, all parties have a class nature, but we shouldn't embrace the
implication that this can be equated with their self-labeling.  American
civilization is such a pervasively advertising and public relations culture
that we really need to give some thought to this.  The class nature of
‎Lyndon LaRouche's organization had nothing to do with its decision to call
itself the "U.S. Labor Party" and--conversely--a "People's Party" isn't
necessarily a bourgeois formation because it doesn't have "worker" or
"labor' in the name.

In the case of this new formation, I think there are more serious
problems.  No mass independent party movement large enough to have a
serious impact comes about just because a handful of radicals decide to
start a new party.  They have to be rooted in genuinely mass movements or
associations or networks with an importance that goes beyond a specific
locality or the sectarian concerns of any particular component(s).  Small
efforts can be used to encourage such movements.

In this case, I am concerned that the predominant founding concerns may be
far too narrow to serve a wider interest.

Most importantly, nothing like this can accomplish much without clear
institutional commitment to a broad democratic inclusiveness--in
decision-making as well as participation.  It should be capable of
subsuming all those vast numbers that have often gone to the polls to vote
Green, for example, and then left voiceless by the Greens in the fuiture
shaping of their insurgency.

Simply, put, I don't think that this thing can actually be done top-down by
having a few recognizable names on a call.  Or, insofar as it could be, it
wouldn't take us anywhere farther than the Greens has gotten . . . which
would amount to nothing more than reinventing the wheel . . . .and a square
Green wheel at that.

And finally, my impression of the commitment of Socialist Alternative--the
most obvious organizational participant in this--to independent political
action is that it can be very inclined to opportunism . . . especially
after taking both sides of the vital question as to how to deal with the
Sanders campaign.

Solidarity!
Mark L.



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