[Marxism] DSA member Ocasio-Cortez elected

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 1 14:09:10 MDT 2018

Concretely, in this November's election between O - C and her Republican
opponent with no independent of the Democrats working class candidate or
party in existence, do we maintain a Never Vote Democrat position??

I seem to recall Louis a few weeks ago stating that he was going to make an
exception to his lifelong stance and either vote for or donate (I forget)
to a local Democrat's campaign - (he didn't name the candidate).

As long as we carefully explain that there are rare exceptions to the rule,
I don't think that it's unprincipled to vote for an O - C WHEN THERE IS NO
LEFT ALTERNATIVE. Of course, opportunists will find many "exceptions" but
who said that revolutionary politics is simple?

On Sun, Jul 1, 2018 at 2:19 PM, Louis Proyect via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

>> Yeah, Marx made some points about the "spoiler" problem:
> Even where there is no prospect of achieving their election the workers
> must put up their own candidates to preserve their independence, to gauge
> their own strength and to bring their revolutionary position and party
> standpoint to public attention. They must not be led astray by the empty
> phrases of the democrats, who will maintain that the workers’ candidates
> will split the democratic party and offer the forces of reaction the chance
> of victory. All such talk means, in the final analysis, that the
> proletariat is to be swindled. The progress which the proletarian party
> will make by operating independently in this way is infinitely more
> important than the disadvantages resulting from the presence of a few
> reactionaries in the representative body.
> https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/communist-
> league/1850-ad1.htm

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