[Marxism] A Plan to Win Socialism In America
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Sat Aug 31 18:03:37 MDT 2019
A Plan to Win Socialism In America
By Peter Gowan
John Reimann responds on FB:
I used to watch my children play make-believe when they were little.
They'd invent this whole scenario - "you're the daddy. I'm the mommy.
Here is the teacher." Then they'd go on to fantasize different
developments between these make-believe people.
That's what this article is. All sorts of different things that a
president Sanders could do. The fact that he seems increasingly unlikely
to even win the nomination is irrelevant. So is the fact that he has
proven over and over that he won't do it. So is the fact that any
appointments he makes must be approved by the Senate. So is the fact
that this fantasized legislation would be killed by the US Supreme Court
quicker than you could say "socialism".
The article also has a very pleasant and nice make-believe attitude
towards the Democratic Party. Even in the event that they became the
majority in the Senate... Well, look at the House. They won't even
consider Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, which by the way is completely
inadequate anyway. What makes Jacobin think that the Senate would be any
They write, "Many representatives are merely careerists who will
acquiesce to a leftist program if it is a choice between that or
irrelevance." They really think they can bring the majority of the
Democrats over to "our" side? Another childish fantasy! At best, it will
be "just enough" to **almost** win the legislation.
I must admit, though, that there is one realistic piece of thinking in
their article: They call the approach of winning socialism through
legislation the "Salvador Allende" scenario. Even if it would go that
far, which it won't, I guess they've forgotten how Allende ended up. But
the name is realistic in the strategy of even the left most social
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