Both major parties are indifferent to current and future popular suffering. Tens of millions in America already find it difficult, if not impossible, to make ends meet. What lies in store as the political establishment in Washington attempts to repeal whatever social concessions were forced out of the ruling elite over the course of the past century or more?
In the face of this devastating attack, how have the official liberal-left (the Nation magazine) and “far left” (the International Socialist Organization) in the US responded? There are no surprises here. These extremely tame and complacent political entities, speaking for affluent constituencies in the middle class, divert attention from the central lessons of the recent crisis and continue to encourage illusions in one faction or another of the Democratic Party.
While criticizing Obama for “capitulating” to the Republican right, both the Nation and the ISO hold out hope, explicitly or implicitly, for the “progressive” wing of the Democratic Party. What worries these pseudo-left elements, above all, is that the shameless pro-big business policies of the Obama administration, along with congressional acquiescence, will weaken the hold of the Democratic Party on the working class and open the door to mass struggles against the status quo. And they are quite right to be anxious on that score.
Both the Nation’s John Nichols and the editors at the ISO’s Socialist Worker strive to perpetuate the myth that the Democrats’ “Progressive Caucus” in Congress opposed the assault on social programs and acted in a principled manner.They really are that stupid, The Nation and the (U.S.) Socialist Worker because they think they can repeatedly trick you. In 2006, I wondered why more people did not read, for example, The Socialist Worker? Now I know that the publication runs readers off. Give them time and they will run you off. And, if you missed it, the link between the two is becoming more obvious as The Nation takes to running pieces by ISO's Sherry Wolf.
They cannot build anything because they are too busy running everyone off. But they do not want to build an independent movement anyway, they just want to forever play Maid of Honor to the Democratic Party.
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