[Marxism] Fwd: Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair | The Huffington Post

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Feb 24 16:25:33 MST 2017

Of course, Keith Ellison isn’t the root cause of his own political 
timidity. It is the larger Democratic Party of which he is a part and to 
which he must appeal as a DNC chair candidate. Most party officials who 
will be voting for chair are part of an entrenched party machine. Their 
careers depend on serving the Democratic establishment and its allies, 
including wealthy donors. And that requires opposing anyone who would 
seriously push substantial party reforms.

Thus, regardless of who wins the race for DNC chair, the Democratic 
Party’s deep interests will continue to clash with progressives’ basic 
goals. As a result, a strong case can be made that left-leaning people 
must break from the Democratic Party if they want to achieve their aims. 
Even those who still hope to sway the party could be better off doing it 
from the outside, where they might pose enough of a partisan threat to 
exert some real leverage.


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