The Democratic Party and the Politics of Lesser Evilism, and International Socialist Organization web book, via internationalsocialist.org:
This book traces the history of the Democratic Party as a party of Southern slaveholders, a party of big business, and as a party playing on populist themes in order to win the votes of workers and the oppressed. He also looks at the party’s latest, neoliberal incarnation under Clinton and the “new Democrats.” As Selfa shows, the party has always played the role of coopter of any left alternative outside the limited framework of the two-party system. Selfa argues convincingly that the current “Anybody But Bush” mantra that has gripped many on the left has once again set back the struggle to organize a genuine independent left political alternative in the United States.
So I was checking out the socialistworker.org website tonight, and I went to the about page. Near the bottom of the page, I found a link to the ISO (which is the publisher). I’d been to their site before, including via this link, and found it interesting! I then checked out the ISO’s website and found a Resources for Members link and checked out the page. There, they have a blurb for their manual (I haven’t gotten one yet), and a link for the web book for which this is being written about.
The first article in the book, Election 2004: Two Candidates, One Agenda, is by Lance Selfa. It was published in 2004. It seems we’re not the first to argue about lesser evilism here at DD! I read that article and skimmed the others, which were published even earlier. It’s the Selfa article I want to comment on right now.
It’s must reading.
Coming after reading (and commenting on) Buhdy’s A heartfelt plea to the Far Left, I find Selfa’s article an articulation of why I’m not for the Democratic nominee (or the national party, for that matter). His points read as if they were written about today’s ongoing Presidential race. Am I surprised? Not really. I do believe that the national Dems are the ‘Left’ wing of an overall Neo-liberal corporatist imperialist party.
Read at least the first article, and see if you don’t agree!