[Marxism] The New York City DSA's infantile, sectarian criticism of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

Saman Sepehri p70volkl at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 7 19:13:57 MDT 2018

 From the blog:

"A party, a genuine party represents a class, section of a class or some other social force. In the case of parties based on working people, ideally it is defined by its base, not what it says on some paper, but what its adherents believe and want. You can tell the DSA is the beginning of a party from the way people are joining – on pure class instinct and identification.

A faction is defined by its ideas. It’s borders are not set by class interest but by agreement with a whole litany of positions. No matter how big it is, a faction that sets itself up as a separate, independent organization with a position on everything under the sun that you have to accept is not a party but a sect."

And representing a class, working class that is, and its interests , requires a break with the Democratic party and its hacks and henchmen like Cuomo.
Moreover, as you say, "Alexandria was entirely within her rights to speak as she spoke. Even if the organization had adopted a position to not vote for "all Democratic nominees," an anti-endorsement, so to speak, she would still have been entirely within her rights to express her own views."
And so are every member of NY DSA who said what she said about rallying behind Cuomo was rubbish.
This is the reality of a real debate, argument, and organization...Leninist or not. It is not factional. All the best,

    On Sunday, October 7, 2018, 7:12:39 PM CDT, Joaquin Bustelo via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:  
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 From my blog:

The most troubling thing is that this statement reeks of factionalism, 
of people being lined up in some private little group built around an 
important “principle” like we must “name our enemy,” or that DSA members 
“who seek to speak on behalf of working people” must defend X, Y, or Z 
position. And it is a very transparent attempt to drive AOC out of the 


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