I was recently asked to participate on a panel regarding the Left and electoral politics. I declined. For many people this may seem strange since I have been a very strong proponent of the Left looking at electoral politics strategically. Well, that is all true but I have encountered a problem and maybe you can help me resolve it.
Most Left “debates” on electoral politics take a very predictable route. It looks something like this:
. Electoral politics will not bring about socialism and freedom.
. The Democrats have consistently sold us out. They are the party of the rich.
. The Republicans and the Democrats are two wings of the same evil bird of prey.
. We need an alternative.
. Therefore, either:
Abstain from electoral politics and wait till the masses, in their millions rise up against capitalism, or…
Create a pure, anti-corporate (if not…
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