[Marxism] A Plan to Win Socialism In America

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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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