NP and fusion again ( was Re: converts to the left)

Dennis R Redmond dredmond at OREGON.UOREGON.EDU
Wed Sep 23 15:22:59 PDT 1998

On Wed, 23 Sep 1998, Alex LoCascio wrote:

> Do we really think that the LP stands
> a chance running against Democratic AND Republican candidates?

Realpolitik is the logic of total war, not civic democracy. The point is that there is *no difference* between the Dumbocrats or the Repo-men. They're two branches of the Party of Wall Street, and they have stuck it to the working folks of this country while ensuring that a tiny elite of greedhead rentiers make out like bandits. Among numerous other social, environmental and legislative crimes, Clinton annihilated AFDC benefits for kids -- children, goddamn it -- and has lowered capital gains taxes for punters, while continuing to piss $270 billion or so a year on a military fighting an enemy which doesn't even exist anymore.

Lots of European countries have three, four, five parties. Why should the US be any different?

> Wouldn't it be smarter, at least initially, to endorse pro-labor Democrats?

Which labor movement are we talking about -- the corrupt Cold War unions who allowed the US ruling class to do any damn thing they pleased for fifty years, or the new social unions, who are fighting for the rights and wages of their workers and, increasingly, workers around the globe (e.g. Nike activism, the Tijuana labor union, etc.)?

-- Dennis

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