[Marxism] Stan Goff, Bill Fletcher and the 2-party system
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Oct 27 14:27:56 MDT 2006
This post was originally meant as a response to Stan Goffs call for voting
for the Democrats in the midterm elections, but it will focus mainly on
Bill Fletchers article Race, the Democratic Party and electoral
strategyoriginally a speech given at Columbia University.
Stan cites this article in his blog entry as giving the elections some
historical context which it does. Unfortunately, it is not quite broad
enough and is content to stick within the framework of US politics and
particularly the rivalry between the Democrats and the Republicans. I have
a different take on this rivalry, but before presenting my views, I want to
take a step back and examine the classical Marxist understanding of elections.
During the rise of socialism in the late 1800s, there was absolutely no
support for bourgeois parties. There is no need to look for chapter and
verse in the Marxist classics to find support for such a propositioneven
though it exists. It makes far better sense just to look at what our
predecessors did since actions speak louder than words. The record is clear
that they built Socialist parties that ran candidates for various offices
against capitalist parties. The most outstanding of these was the German
Social Democratic party that enjoyed the support of millions of workers and
that created a wide range of class-based institutions, from publishing
houses to insurance companies.
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