Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

November 2, 2012

#Occupy for President: #2012 and Beyond

Filed under: Occupy Wall Street,parliamentary cretinism — louisproyect @ 5:55 pm

#Occupy for President: #2012 and Beyond

by Pham Binh of Occupy Wall Street, Class War Camp on November 2, 2012

in analysis

The 2012 presidential race bears no trace of Occupy or the militancy it spawned among Chicago teachers and Wal Mart workers. This is no accident — the U.S. political system is a machine, and this machine smothers militancy. The ugly inner workings of the Democratic part of that machine were briefly exposed when a televised floor vote was held at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to add God and Jerusalem as apartheid Israel’s capital to the party platform at the behest of President Obama. What followed was a charade, the kind of party-line “democracy” practiced at Communist Party congresses in China, North Korea, and the U.S.S.R.:

One DNC delegate stormed out and joined Occupy. Nothing teaches that the Democratic Party does not belong to Democrats better than painful, bitter experiences like this.

full: http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=2320

6 Comments »

  1. As an Occupyer in my own town in Upstate, NY, I resent the suggestion here that Occupyers will not/should not vote for Obama. That ploy at the convention described here was cynical and terrible. Nonetheless, I refuse to accept ultra-left nonsense that will lead to a Romney presidency. Try organizing for anything when the Supreme Court features fascists only!

    Comment by Barbara Regenspan — November 2, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

  2. Barbara, it is not “ultra-left” to oppose a candidate who is to the right of Nixon. Obama is a murdering, lying, cynical tool of Wall Street. Marxists have always opposed bourgeois parties. Here is Karl Marx on the subject:

    http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/communist-league/1850-ad1.htm

    Even where there is no prospect of achieving their election the workers must put up their own candidates to preserve their independence, to gauge their own strength and to bring their revolutionary position and party standpoint to public attention. They must not be led astray by the empty phrases of the democrats, who will maintain that the workers’ candidates will split the democratic party and offer the forces of reaction the chance of victory. All such talk means, in the final analysis, that the proletariat is to be swindled. The progress which the proletarian party will make by operating independently in this way is infinitely more important than the disadvantages resulting from the presence of a few reactionaries in the representative body.

    Comment by louisproyect — November 2, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

  3. The supreme court is by its nature reactionary. If the only thing Obama has going for him is he’ll fill a reactionary body with “progressives”(Which is apparently a big umbrella term covering vegan hippies to drone striking mass murderers) then he has nothing. Why would anyone on the left care about the supreme court? Don’t like the law? Build a movement and end the law.

    Comment by Alex — November 3, 2012 @ 6:07 am

  4. Supreme Court. Barbara surely you jest. The NDAA effectively overrides the Supreme Court eliminating habeas corpus and allowing Obama to keep a “kill list” by which he can act as judge, jury & executioner of every living soul on the planet. Without habeas corpus there’s no possibility to petition any court — rendering the entire judiciary irrelevant at best and at worst — a tool for this man you’re championing whose abrogated to himself the powers of a medieval King. If it’s women’s rights that concerns you just remember that Obama has set human rights back before the Magna Carta.

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — November 3, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

  5. “They must not be led astray by the empty phrases of the democrats, who will maintain that the workers’ candidates will split the democratic party and offer the forces of reaction the chance of victory. All such talk means, in the final analysis, that the proletariat is to be swindled.” Between the document you linked to written by Marx and Lenin’s What is to be Done it’s amazing how it reflects the Democratic Party. Both these old dead guys might well be writing in the now. History repeats?

    Comment by Pandora — November 3, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

  6. Well said, Karl. It is now permissible to assassinate a United States citizen without charge. Thanks, Barack.

    Comment by Dave R. — November 3, 2012 @ 10:56 pm


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