[Marxism] From Meyer London to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Feb 7 06:38:44 MST 2020

Eric Blanc butchers American history once again. Papers over the 
difference between Meyer London, an SP Congressman from a century ago, 
and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat. He writes:

"The potency of this dynamic was again manifest during the recent 
campaigns of Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez. Their advocacy of democratic 
socialism — despite being more social democratic than London and the 
SP’s vision — recruited tens of thousands of new members to DSA, 
including the rank-and-file leaders of West Virginia’s 2018 teachers’ 

More social democratic than London? WTF? Just last night I was watching 
Bernie Sanders on a CNN Town Hall (he was very good) and the question of 
his socialism came up. Once again, it was "like Finland, Sweden and 
Norway." These are capitalist states, aren't they? "More social 
democratic" means being in favor of a welfare state. Period.

These kinds of circumlocutions make me break out in hives. In any case, 
let them advocate their "democratic socialism". Maybe the idea is to 
start using the word communism again just to draw clear class lines.


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