[Marxism] Voter suppression: Another tactic in Trump's drive for one-man rule
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Mon Oct 15 14:33:58 MDT 2018
I'm not sure why Chris Slee raises the issue of Russian interference in the
US elections in relation to this article, as I never mentioned it there.
However, I don't think it's simply a "gigantic distraction". Or, rather, I
don't think it is insignificant. The fact is that the Putin regime did
intervene in the US elections and did so to help Trump win. The reason is
Trump's long time ties with the Russian mafia/capitalist class through his
money laundering. That, in itself, is enormously significant. Even more so,
it is an important aspect of the loss of control over the US presidency by
the mainstream of the US capitalist class. The Democrats and the other
representatives of this mainstream aren't raising the issue in order to
"distract" workers; they are raising it because it really does represent a
huge crisis for them.
As far as whether or not Putin's interference was decisive in swinging the
election for Trump, the book "House of Putin, House of Trump" estimates
that something like 3-6% of the vote was influenced by Putin's
intervention. In a close election like that one, that could have made the
difference in some key states. yes, of course, had the Democrats had a less
unappealing candidate than Hillary Clinton, they could have very well
overcome that intervention, but nevertheless I don't think we can just
dismiss the effects of it.
On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 1:21 PM Chris Slee <chris_w_slee at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Tthe campaign to blame Russia for Trump's election victory is a gigantic
> distraction from talking about the failings of the US political system,
> including voter suppression.
> Chris Slee
> *From:* Marxism <marxism-bounces at lists.csbs.utah.edu> on behalf of John
> Reimann via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, 16 October 2018 6:31:58 AM
> *To:* Chris Slee
> *Subject:* [Marxism] Voter suppression: Another tactic in Trump's drive
> for one-man rule
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> control is threatened by the possible loss of a Republican majority in the
> Assembly (and possibly the Senate) this November. In order to try to
> prevent that loss, his representatives at the state level have organized
> widespread removal of voters from the rolls. Here is a round-up of the
> voter suppression that Trump and his minions are carrying out for the
> upcoming elections:....[see article for details]
> "It will take a massive show of power in the streets and in the work places
> to stop this further attack on the democratic rights of working class
> people. The union leadership, committed as it is to the Democratic Party,
> has proven it will not organize such power. DSA can and should do so."
> Read full article, including details on voter suppression:
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