Politico Magazine on how socialist and left-wing minor parties, including Greens, are divided over Sanders

Excerpt from Politico Magazine:


Sanders campaign literature from one of his Liberty Union third-party bids in Vermont in the 1970s.

Some welcome it. Philip Locker, Seattle-based spokesman for the national Socialist Alternative organization, is thrilled by Sanders phenomenon, enthusing that “the political system is starting to be shaken” as Sanders “is popularizing socialism to an audience of tens of millions.”

To others, that’s dangerous naiveté. Howie Hawkins, a Green Party co-founder and member of the socialist group Solidarity, wrote an essay in May for the ISO’s Socialist Worker website attacking Sanders for “violating the first principle of socialist politics: class independence,” consorting with the “billionaire class” by pledging to “support their candidate” if he loses the Democratic primary.

Socialists don’t usually enjoy much presidential ballot access; collectively, their presidential candidates won a measly 86,528 votes in 2012. But there are plenty of parties: the Socialist Party USA, Peace and Freedom, Socialism and Liberation, Socialist Equality, Socialist Workers and Workers World. Some of these are more focused on revolutions than elections; The Workers World Party is running a presidential candidate even though “Our party does not aspire to be in the White House,” since “what matters is who is in the streets.” Others seem themselves as “democratic socialist,” such as Socialist Party USA, which can claim one of two municipally elected socialists in the country: Red Bank, New Jersey school board member Pat Noble.

The largest and most established party in the socialist spectrum doesn’t have “socialist” in the name at all: It’s the Green Party, with approximately 100 municipal office holders across the country, most concentrated in California. The hardy leftists haven’t made much national noise since its presidential candidate Ralph Nader sent the 2000 election into overtime. This year, party leaders are banking on Bernie to create an unparalleled recruitment opportunity –as soon as he loses.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/02/why-socialists-cant-wait-for-bernie-to-lose-213593#ixzz3zDUhHKE7

6 thoughts on “Politico Magazine on how socialist and left-wing minor parties, including Greens, are divided over Sanders

  1. Vicki Kirkland

    Why would a Socialist vote for Sanders when they can get a candidate, (Clinton), who will give them
    everything Sanders will and be much more effective dealing with Congress.

  2. Jill Pyeatt

    Your question is a good one, Vicki, but I think many people, even socialists, simply dislike Hillary. She’s untrustworthy, and people know what a bad human being she is because of her time in the Obama administration, even if they are too young to remember the Clinton administration,

  3. Vicki Kirkland

    I agree with you Jill. Bernie is honest and far more likeable than Hillary. There’s that old political question: Who would you rather have a cup of coffee with? It’s Bernie by a landslide.

  4. Ron Gunzburger

    Just an aside, but the SANDERS FOR GOVERNOR brochure used to illustrate this article is not from his 1970s Liberty Union period. It is from his 1986 Independent run for Governor.

  5. Deran

    I assume you are being ironic or snarky claiming Clinton is a socialist and shares Sanders’ political and economic policy ideas?

  6. Vicki Kirkland

    Clinton is smoother, and she[s attempting to paint herself as a moderate, but if you examine her history, she has very left wing ideas.

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