Category: BOURGEOIS LEFT

The Democratic Party Obsession with Capitalism and Militarism Will Grow Worse by 2020

DANNY HAIPHONG—Diversity and Russiagate are interrelated. The former has been employed to make the rule of imperialism more effective under the auspices of “diverse” oligarchs such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Russiagate is the spawn of diversity’s failures. Diversity did nothing to intervene in the declining living standards of working and poor people, especially Black people. Rather, it complimented the system’s race to the bottom. Now that the War on Terror has lost legitimacy, and the two-party duopoly along with it, Russiagate has given people in the U.S. someone and something to blame other than the rulers of their own system.

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The New York Times’ #MeToo smear against Bernie Sanders

BARRY GREY—Timed to coincide with the opening of the campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination, the article represents an effort by the Times, which speaks for the dominant factions of the Democratic Party and the forces on Wall Street and in the military/intelligence establishment with which the Democrats are allied, to torpedo a potential presidential run by the Vermont senator. With this piece of yellow journalism, the Times is employing the methods it has honed in spearheading the right-wing #MeToo sex witch hunt for the purpose of manipulating the 2020 election campaign in accordance with its reactionary political agenda.

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Democrat Elizabeth Warren enters US presidential race

PATRICK MARTIN—The list of presidential wannabes in the Democrat party is less an embarrassment of riches than an embarrassment, full stop. It demonstrates not the vigor of the Democratic Party, but its sclerotic character. The two leading candidates, Biden and Sanders, are 76 and 77 years old, respectively. This matches the three top leaders of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, who are 78, 79 and 78. Warren herself will be 71 on Election Day. Not a single candidate is identified with a significant social reform. Not a single candidate has any genuine connection to the struggles of working people.

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Why France’s Yellow Vest protests have been ignored by “The Resistance” in the U.S.

MAX PARRY—While the media’s conspicuous blackout of coverage is partly to blame, the deafening silence from across the Atlantic in the United States is really because of the lack of class consciousness on its political left. With the exception of Occupy Wall Street, the American left has been so preoccupied with an endless race to the bottom in the two party ‘culture wars’ that it is unable to comprehend an upheaval undivided by the contaminants of identity politics. A political opposition that isn’t fractured on social issues is simply unimaginable. Not to say the masses in France are exempt from the internal contradictions of the working class, but the fetishization of lifestyle politics in the U.S. has truly become its weakness. We will have to wait and see whether the yellow vests transform into a global movement or arrive in America, but for now the seeming lack of solidarity stateside equates to a complicity with Macron’s agenda

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