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

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Tue Aug 22 11:17:09 MDT 2017


Thanks, Mark, for your comments. I agree.

John Reimann

On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 9:18 AM, Mark Lause <markalause at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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