[Marxism] DSA: Don't Endorse Cynthia Nixon or any Democrats. Ever.
1999wildcat at gmail.com
Sun Jul 29 12:58:18 MDT 2018
Comrades write that while they might agree with not endorsing any Democrats
ever, it's different when one votes. Then it's strictly a matter of tactics
they believe. Here's the problem:
What "X" we mark on a ballot paper is not really important in and of
itself. It's what we do the rest of the time. At one time or another, when
we're discussing with workers, we're going to be asked, "okay, but how are
you going to vote?" What do we answer? Do we lie? I don't think anybody is
suggesting that. So, if we say we're going to vote for "X" Democrat, we're
going to be asked, "so how can you argue against supporting any Democrats
if you're going to vote for some of them?"
A valid question, certainly.
As socialists, we are political animals. If we're going to vote for ANY
Democrats, then we're obligated to advocate that others vote for them. And
if we do that, then we're undercutting our entire argument.
Some who claim to support the idea of a working class party - like the
union leadership and, I believe, also much of the DSA leadership -
intentionally are undercutting this argument. As genuine socialists, we
should not allow ourselves to be caught in that trap. At this time the need
for at least the beginning steps towards a working class party are
desperately needed. More than ever before, in my opinion. Avoiding doing
*anything* that might undercut the arguments for that is far, far more
important than helping get some liberal Democrat elected. That "anything"
includes putting an "x" by the name of some liberal Democrat.
*“In politics, abstract terms conceal treachery.” *from "The Black
Jacobins" by C. L. R. James
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