Movement For A Peoples Party is the new Union Party

There has been a lot of talk about Movement For A Peoples Party in regards to recent actions they have taken that have been seen as undermining the Left by going hard against AOC and the Squad while cozying up to less than desirable people, all the while I was thinking is there a way to sum it up and there happens to be just that: MPP is the new Union Party. For those that may be unaware let me explain.

In the 1930’s there was a rise in Left Wing Political activity in response to the Great Depression, while many were satisfied with FDR’s New Deal as a way to combat the depression, however there were some individuals who felt that they needed to go further. One of the primary leftist opponents to FDR was Louisiana Senator Huey Long who had an alternative plan called “Share Our Wealth”. While I could talk all about the two plans but the focus is less on the validity of the plan but this is more about the way they planned to implement it. Long had planned to start a separate political party to push for this agenda in the 1936 election, however Long was killed in 1935. Despite this, a group of Longs allies decided to pursue this movement under the moniker the Union Party. I believe enough similarities exist between MPP and them that we can draw direct parallels between the two groups.

First is the obvious connection of forming the party with the intention of forming a populist alternative to the two major parties. Starting off as a vehicle for a particular person (Long with the Union party, and MPP starting off as a way to draft Bernie for 2020). Another aspect which we will touch upon later is the sort of synthesis of populists across the spectrum. The Movement for a People’s Party exemplified this with the inclusion of Jesse Ventura in their convention, who point blank stated he still identified as “Fiscally Conservative and Socially Liberal”. While not as extreme as later examples I will use, it is a similarity worth noting.

A second comparison comes from the party having members and goals that are not so well intentioned. An example from the People’s Party side is the recent revelation their #ForceTheVote pressure movement was actually more to drive a wedge between activists and progressives Democrats in congress. Similarly, the Union Party was created with an ulterior intention of splitting the Left-Wing vote. The fallout of Alf Landon’s presidency would in turn push the Democrats to adopt the “Share Our Wealth” platform for the following election. One minor example from the Union Party Era was the person who ended up being their nominee William Lemke. While Lemke was an overall Progressive Populist, he had a personal grudge against FDR for vetoing the Frazier–Lemke Farm Bankruptcy Act, which is what propelled him to run the Don Quixote-like campaign in the first place. Interestingly enough, despite him being their nominee, he was not the face of the party, similarly to how while Nick Brana is supposed to be the Parties leader he takes a back seat to some other individuals on the advisory board. Speaking of which…

A third comparison revolves around the fact both of the parties’ most vocal supporters are popular figures in a new media landscape. For MPP, that figure is Jimmy Dore. Dore hosts a Independent Media Political Commentary channel on YouTube amassing 373,142,703 views in his channel’s lifetime. While he started off as a radical Bernie supporter he has gradually shifted into a fierce critic of Bernie, the validity of his critiques vary. That is very similar to the primary leader of the Union Party, Charles Coughlin. Coughlin was a populist radio host who had an estimated 30 million listeners tuning into his weekly radio broadcasts. Originally he was a diehard Roosevelt supporter, even claiming God was working through Roosevelt and people stopping the New Deal were anti-God, however by the end of FDR’s first term he had become a fierce critic. Starting off as a sort of Left-Populist Demagogue who’s economics were to Roosevelts Left, but he soon added other aspects to the Party’s rhetoric that tainted it even to other anti-Roosevelt Leftists like Norman Thomas and Earl Browder…

The final noticeable comparison is the accusation that both parties’ coalition has ties to Fascism. Now to tread lightly, I personally am not accusing MPP of being Fascist, HOWEVER some of the individuals they have chosen to align with do raise suspicion. Back to the Dore/Coughlin comparison, Coughlin became an open Anti-Semite who expressed open sympathies with Hitler and Mussolini as the antidote to Capitalism and Communism. Dore, while of course not suggesting the latter thankfully, has been known to have quoted a paper by Kevin Strom a well known Neo-Nazi twice. Another comparison that may be a bit more blatant is the comparison of another one of the parties prominent supporters Niko House, host of his own YouTube channel. While I could compare him to Coughlin as well, another comparison I can make is with Gerald L.K Smith. Smith was similar to Coughlin, using Christianity to push people to his causes and also was pretty blatant in his anti-Semitic and fascistic tendencies. Niko similarly had formed some interesting coalitions of his own. Working with notable Far-Right activist Jack Posobiec, giving an interview for his Anti-Antifa propaganda film and also appearing on Posobiec’s OAN Show to spew conspiracies. The interview begins with Posobiec claiming that Niko is “someone who comes to politics from the left, but also from a more populist standpoint”, implying that Posobiec is either the real populist or is a populist in his own right.

Now I am aware the essay may come off as me trying to hurt MPP or Minor Parties in general, but I am making it blatantly clear, neither is the case. I myself am greatly supportive of Minor Parties, I voted for Howie Hawkins in a Swing State. And this is also not an effort to disparage the Movement For A Peoples Party itself, I signed the People’s Party Pledge myself, I do not believe everybody involved in the movement are acting in bad faith or are crypto-fascists. Not even everyone in the Union Party was ill intentioned either, Francis Townsend being a prime example. The point of this essay/paper is simply to note the comparisons between the two groups and raise attention to the concerns of the dark path that the MPP may be heading down if they are not careful. I want a viable left wing movement independent of the Two-Party System as much as everyone else, but we need to make sure that does not become corrupted as well.

11 thoughts on “Movement For A Peoples Party is the new Union Party

  1. SocraticGadfly

    Jimmy Dore being a Seth Rich conspiracy theorist hadn’t already disenchanted you? Jesse being various forms of conspiracy theorist hadn’t already disenchanted you?

    This is part of why I never became enchanted of the MPP in the first place.

  2. Robert

    Jimmy Dore interviewed a boogaloo guy on his podcast. This is not equivalent with MPP “courting the right wing”. It is one heck of a stretch to make. Just because he does some advisory stuff for MPP does not make them responsible for one another. No it doesn’t.

    And in Dore’s defense, he’s had on several guests on his show subsequently who have been able to show him things about the boogaloo guy that he did not know. He has also had other people on since then who would indicate that Jimmy has a lot more balance and understanding on this issue than his detractors. Somehow those subsequent guests don’t seem to matter, just this one guy. OK. So your argument is dead.

    This blog posts says FTV was a way to drive a wedge between MPP and progressive democrats. No. What FTV did was show who had the interests of the people in mind, and who was working for the insurance companies.

    MPP and Democrats are two different Parties, and they have two different viewpoints on the priorities of Americans. It’s not The PP’s fault that the Democrats put insurance companies first. The Democrats make their own decisions.

    The radical acceleration of people coming in to help The PP during and since FTV is enough to know The PP is on the right track, and the Democrats are on the wrong track.

    If you want to volunteer your time in your life to go work for insurance companies. Please, by all means organize for and support the Democrats. Go do that. You be You.

    If you want to organize and support yourself, and your family and your community, then volunteer for the People’s Party.

  3. Mitchell Mcguire

    “An example from the People’s Party side is the recent revelation their #ForceTheVote pressure movement was actually more to drive a wedge between activists and progressives Democrats in congress”….?

    Playing nice with Pelosi(who is our enemy) is more important than encouraging progressives like AOC to use a rare window of opportunity where they have real leverage to push for Medicare for all, something AOC and the squad have campaigned on relentlessly?

    AOC chose to represent Pelosi, and the interests of centrist democrats, over her base and Medicare for All. Progressive representatives should have allegiance to their base, and the fight for issues they campaign on – not centrist corporate democrats who we KNOW wont lift a finger for us if not forced to.
    —————————————————————————————————————————————————–
    “We cant force a vote for medicare for all, it wont pass, it would be a symbolic vote” *applies powder*
    “Even if medicare for all passes the house, it wont pass the senate” *applies make up*
    “We need to focus on things we CAN do right now, like impeachment” *puts on multi-colored wig*
    “Even though impeachment wont pass the senate, its imporant to send a message” *polishes clown get up*
    ————————————————————————————————————————————————–
    You write, “Now to tread lightly, I personally am not accusing MPP of being Fascist, HOWEVER some of the individuals they have chosen to align with do raise suspicion. “….sounds like you are accusing them of being fascists, you elaborate on the individuals you don’t like, mentioning Ventura twice and Dore a few more.

    Just because you dont like someones political viewpoints doesnt make them a fascist. Its sad that this is the level of maturity in the public discourse among the left now. If they are actually fascist, then explain why. You are just using buzzwords, and ultimately your haphazard use of the word HURTS the actual fight against fascism. If you want people to take fascism seriously, maybe you should as well and stop making a mockery out of it, calling any political enemy you have beef with a “fascist”. Oh, right, you arnt making any accusations of fascism. just vague allegations of suspicion.

    “I was never on board with Jesse to begin with about MPP and I was a fan of Jimmy at first. Rose colored glasses” … You attack Dore for withdrawing his support for Bernie…but you fail to mention why.

    I dont know if youve been paying attention, but bernie hasnt been exactly keeping his end of bargain,. Which is why AOC felt pressure too. Its not Dore’s fault politicians keep promising to fight for the people, and then kowtowing to the DNC and acting as sheepdogs.

    Personally, as a supporter for the freedom of press and human rights, whistleblower rights are a big issue to me, and prior to force the vote and even bernies endorsement of Biden, I myself did not trust these figures because of their shocking silence on Assange. Moreover, they were consistently silent on condemning broad sanctions affecting the entire countries of Veneuzela, Syria, and Iran. Bernie mentioned Iranian sanctions a few times, and only in the context of their effect on the nuclear deal negotiating table. Bernie, or AOC, don’t care, and have said anything about the humanitarian basis of sanctions, and the ethical dilemma of starving a country’s population into submission.

    So, seeing these sheepdogs expose themselves by failing to fight for their MAIN ISSUE of M4A I feel is constructive because people are learning who is really in the fight and who is just saying they are. Its one thing to focus on a handful of domestic issues and have a weak foreign policy and blind spots domestically on issues…but when you fail to represent your central issue, at a time when you are needed most on it, such as m4a….during an unprecedented pandemic…who is the one with rose colored glasses?

    Those defending politicians whose actions betray their words? Whose words betray their campaign promises and rhetoric? Those who are more loyal to personalities than the issues they claim to champion?
    Or..
    Those who actually hold politicians accountable and demand that they do everything in their reasonable power to follow through on representing issues they claim to care about. It isnt hard. If you believe in m4A, and campaign on it, there is non excuse for not fighting for it in rare moments where you have a reasonable chance of making a meaningful impact around the issue.

  4. Fernando Mercado Post author

    *knuckle crack*

    Ryan: Your argument immefiently fails as I did not mention Jimmy’s Boogaloo interview ONCE in the article, i directly compared him to Charles Coughlin based on his statements and similar history. It reflects badly on MPP, as I lay out in the article & it does not show MPP in a positive light. And yes as linked in the article MPP tried to use it as a wedge to hurt the Squad and AOC go bolster their own efforts, as it is really the only thing FTV COULD HAVE DONE, as it woild have not brought us closer to Med4All

    Mitchell: Push Med4All how? Even most FTV advocates acknowledge it will not pass, so how are we closer to Med4All than prior? And despite the fact NO major M4A advocates were in favor of FTV and yet it was somehow considered the “purity test” and anyone for Med4All who did not push for it was a sellout? And yes I am not accusing MPP of being fascist, but them aligning with individuals that do sort of go Fascist lite. Niko House being the primary example, he works with Jack Posobiec who is a literal fascist and yet MPP invited him to their convention. I provide evidence for my claims of MPP having ties to fascists it is not just me not liking somebodies political views. You proceed to go on on things that are irrelevant to the issue but back to M4A, again just because they were not for a losing strategy that would do nothing does nit mean they are sellouts on Medicare For All. By your logic you think the people who have been advocating this ussue for years have all of a sudden given up but some random joe schmo podcasters all of a sudden are the torchbearers on the issue?

  5. Will Porter

    I acknowledge you’re trying to be fair here, but I find it a pretty huge stretch to say Dore “quoted” an obscure essay when the phrase in question has become popular in its own right, usually wrongly attributed to Voltaire. Over the years I’ve heard it used countless times in all kinds of contexts by people who, like me, weren’t aware of its origin.

    Are you suggesting Dore is a follower of Strom’s? Or is it maybe more likely he’s just reciting a popular saying?

  6. Fernando Mercado Post author

    Well no the phrase did not “become popular in its own right”, the phrase originated from an Anti-Semetic essay and that exact quote is in referring to the Anti-Semetic conspiracy of Jews running the world. When you take that quote then translate it to Israel specifically, it raises a bit of suspicion.

    Added suspicion comes from him quoting Henry Ford about Banking https://youtu.be/O5mMW6dZtfw?t=220
    AND connecting an individual of Jewish Descent to AIPAC https://twitter.com/EPluribusUnumYT/status/1354310500218187777?s=20

  7. Ryan

    ” Push Med4All how? Even most FTV advocates acknowledge it will not pass.”

    Can you share with me the names of Democrats that are so stupid as to think 17 Republicans would vote for Donald Trump’s conviction of impeachment a year ago or now?

    Sometimes you do votes just for public relations reasons instead of actually thinking stuff will pass. If we lived in a world where we had substantive discussion of legislation as opposed to posturing for the public, you can make that point. But we don’t live in that world.

  8. Fernando Mercado Post author

    I mean I 100% can, with the rise of Trump potentially doing the Patriot Party there was a potential that the GOP would convict simply to stop that from happening, either way that is a deflection because the FTV narrative was that somehow the vote will get us Medicare For All Faster and yet I have not actually gotten an answer as to how it will happen. Any response I do get adds other things that do not need the Vote at all

    The Vote Fails, then what?

  9. Ryan

    Target people in primaries and the general election that voted the way you don’t like? That’s pretty much how our politics works at this point.

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