Re: Comment from a new member
Thanks to comrade Weisberg for a challenging and thought-provoking intervention ---
I have some (hopefully brief) thoughts stimulated by the post:
On Wed, Oct 13, 2021 at 11:04 AM <mr.iweisberg@...> wrote:
NOTE that this is the EXACT position taken by the "Republicans for Democrats" as represented by the OP-ED by former NJ Governor Christine Todd Whitman and a fellow Republican disserter --- "Republicans should vote Democratic to destroy Trumpism" --- but they are quick to emphasize support for "Moderate" Democrats -- seems the Republicans want to make sure that corporate Democrats maintain a veto power over "too much" progressivism in the Democratic Party (even though that Progressivism is tame even bv European social democratic standards!)
In fact it is literally IMPOSSIBLE to have an idea! We will only know if the white working class is irredeemably racist until time passes to SEE if it is "irredeemable" --- The real question is do we THINK the white working class is irredeemably racist and therefore ACT as if it were --- or do we have hope that the glimmers of black-white cooperation that emerged for a time in the (pre-1896) Populist movement in the South and in the organizing of the CIO during the Great Depression --- or in the early phases of the Civil Rights movement.
My view --- we must ACT as if working class unity across the color line is possible and utilize every tool we have (admittedly not much) to foster that sense of unity by speaking to the commonality of interests --- attempting to foster class consciousness.
My caveat -- by themselves they are incapable but even a small but determined labor movement can play a major role. Remember there was talk of calling a general strike if Trump stole the election --- (and when Trump and Pelosi had a faceoff about a government shutdown, the airline unions began to consider going on strike to shut down air travel until the government reopened). That talk must be revved up --- and wholesale civil disobediance must be contemplated.
I say you are not alarmist --- you are correct.
"Nothing works so everything should be tried!! (Louis' long time friend Paul Buhle)
I think there are plenty of people "in" the Democratic Party who are not "wedded" to it --- I count myself among those but I also think Bernie and the progressives in the House are like that .... HERE, I know I am committing heresy on this list ---- I know that --- we've been round and round on this before so I apologize to my comrades who disagree! The point is we need people OUT or INSIDE the Democratic Party who are not "wedded" to the corporate agenda ....
NOT sure about the "independent" limitation ---
Very tough assignment --- but certainly trying to get a "Workers United Against Trumpism" meme going through the media and the various local actions that are occurring (Steven Colatrella posted something asking whether there is a kind of "silent General Strike" going on under our noses!) would certainly be in order....