[Marxism] Fwd: What is to be done? An invitation for submissions to North Star
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Sun Feb 26 09:45:02 MST 2017
In Donald Trump’s first month in the White House, the left has been
confronted by the biggest challenge in decades. Unlike the
administrations of the post-WWII period, there is wide agreement that
Trump is something different and constitutes the biggest threat to
bourgeois democracy since Joseph McCarthy. Discussions about how to
theorize “Trumpism” overlap with those about strategy and tactics. All
this takes place in the context of massive demonstrations and the growth
of the left that also requires analysis, especially since by most
accounts the Democratic Party is fueling the anti-Trump movement.
When the North Star website was launched in 2012, it was never
understood by its editors as offering a “line” that the left should
follow. Its primary purpose was to defend a non-sectarian approach to
building the left that departed from “Leninist” orthodoxy. In this, it
was hearkening back to the original vision of Peter Camejo’s North Star
Network of the early 80s that was the first attempt to unify a badly
fractured left around a broad left program with the most important
elements being rejection of the two-party system, the creation of a
revolutionary party based in the working class and the need for a total
transformation of American society based on socialism.
Within the broad discussion taking place on the left around a series of
interrelated questions, the North Star editorial board would like to
invite submissions dealing with the period we have entered. To give you
an idea of the kind of analysis we would like to publish, we urge you to
consider editorial board member John Reimann’s articles on “Donald Trump
and the World Capitalist Crisis” and “The Trump-Putin Connection”.
While these bullet points should not be considered as constituting the
boundaries of the analysis we would like to provide a platform for, they
do represent our impressions of what the left has been grappling with:
What is Trumpism?
Is Donald Trump a fascist? What are the class forces that constitute his
base of support both at the top and the bottom? Under what circumstances
can we see a break with bourgeois democracy? A massive terrorist attack
on the scale of 9/11?
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