Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

May 21, 2016

Bernie Sanders announces plans for a new left party

Filed under: Bernie Sanders — louisproyect @ 3:52 pm

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Sanders being arrested at a 1963 anti-segregation protest in Chicago. He was later found guilty of resisting arrest and charged $25. (From Wikipedia)

(This is a thought experiment based on some of the discussion taking place around the need for the Sanders campaign to “continue the struggle” after Clinton becomes the Democratic Party candidate for president.)

My fellow Americans, it is always difficult to admit you are wrong especially when you are a Senator. But the refusal of the convention to approve or even consider reforms that will make the Democratic Party more attractive to voters leaves me with no alternative but to begin the difficult but necessary task of building a new party that not only embraces such reforms but fights for them in municipal, state and national elections. It was my hope that the Democrats could return to the values of the New Deal and the New Society but in the final analysis they insisted on defending the values of Wall Street banks. If they refuse to stand up for the middle class, we have no alternative except to make a stand for the overwhelming majority of Americans who survive from paycheck to paycheck.

The fact that over 4 out of 10 voters agreed with me on the need for a $15 minimum wage, single-payer health insurance, breaking up the largest banks and an end to fracking shows that a basis for a new party exists, one that is not afraid to take on the special interests on Wall Street and that is willing to fight for the right of middle class Americans to enjoy job security, good health and a better future for their children. These were rights that were once at the core of the Democratic Party, the ones that FDR named as the Four Freedoms. If the party has abandoned its core beliefs, then it is up to us to reclaim them in the name of fairness and decency.

full: http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=12557

4 Comments »

  1. Awesome! It will last until President Trump abolishes all political parties and elections!

    Comment by Sempe — May 21, 2016 @ 9:01 pm

  2. How about a party that stands up for the rights of working-class Americans? The vast majority of Americans whose name isn’t on the building (upper class), isn’t on their desk (middle class), it’s on their shirt! (working class). And the unemployed, the homeless, the disabled….

    Comment by keithjamesackermann — May 22, 2016 @ 7:47 am

  3. Now for the reality : bourgeois candidate Sanders has given it all up in exchange for a position on a Democrat party policy pattern from which he will “pressure the party to the left”. That means he’ll join Clinton (and some Republicans!) in calling for a raise in minimum wage and a few less bombs for the Israeli arsenal. He’ll also endorse killer Clinton and call on his “political revolution” to vote for her.

    What’s needed is not a “left party” or even a “worker’s party”. What’s needed is a workers revolution that smashes the entire bourgeois state apparatus, born out of assemblies that rise from things like the Madison occupation, the Verizon strike, the Michigan teachers sick out, occupy wall Street, nuit debut, etc. Short of that things will continue to decline. Just ask everyone who voted for the “left party” in France, Greece and Brazil in the last few years.

    Comment by Washington — May 22, 2016 @ 4:22 pm

  4. What’s needed is a workers revolution that smashes the entire bourgeois state apparatus, born out of assemblies that rise from things like the Madison occupation, the Verizon strike, the Michigan teachers sick out, occupy wall Street, nuit debut, etc.

    —-

    Okay, what have you done in your life to achieve such a goal besides posting comments on my blog?

    Comment by louisproyect — May 22, 2016 @ 4:51 pm


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