Today, most of socialist and communist groups in the USA are feeling the bern…in the same way they felt the “hope” in the 2008 primaries.
After having read some of their analysis online justifying their support of Bernie Sanders, it is clear to me that what lies behind that support is…envy. OK, don’t go away yet. Let me explain.
“Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.”
― Vladimir Lenin
Let’s start with a socialist truism: there is no revolution without the masses. Today, a 70+ years old politician with 30+ years of experience participating in the capitalist’s electoral process, with no (official) affiliation to any of the US political parties or organizations, a self-proclaimed independent socialist whose major success has been convincing, for the last 30 years, a sector of his state’s progressives and working class to elect him as their representative in the oligarchs’ house of political power…that politician is commanding a whopping 6,045,960 followers, mostly youngsters (as of 4/6/16) who want to elect him president of the USA.
Our socialists look at that picture and, because they are human beings, can feel nothing but envy… because they haven’t been able to appeal to their own family in that way for the last 30 years.
Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination success in reaching millions of youngsters with a left-wing message is prompting a lively debate among socialist organizations about questions that have been around for some time:
Should socialists work inside the Democratic Party, with the hope of transforming it into a party that genuinely represents workers’ interests? [Highlights by me.]
‘Hey, look what Bernie is doing, let’s go there too, what the heck, we can do it too.’
Except that you can’t.
Don’t even bother registering as a democrat just because you are daydreaming that you can be a ‘subversive’ force in the Democratic party. You have demonstrated all these years that you, socialists and communists organizations, are as painfully unappealing to the working class as a mole in the middle of your interlocutor’s nose. Do you need any evidence?
Well, funny thing is that something similar to these primaries’ ‘feel the bern’ happened in the 2008 primaries, except that on that occasion the populist ‘progressive’ candidate had fewer years of political experience, and yet, he won. You found many reasons to support Obama who, like Sanders, had nothing to show that he was a trustworthy ‘progressive’ who would bring the elusive “change”. But that didn’t prevent you from joining the deluded masses in their ecstasy:
Frank Chapman, CPUSA supporter, hailing BO’s victory in the Iowa caucuses:
“Obama’s victory was more than a progressive move; it was a dialectical leap ushering in a qualitatively new era of struggle. Marx once compared revolutionary struggle with the work of the mole, who sometimes burrows so far beneath the ground that he leaves no trace of his movement on the surface. This is the old revolutionary “mole”, not only showing his traces on the surface but also breaking through.”
(It thoroughly shames me having to bring that quote out again.)
So, for the last eight years there have been a mass of angry discontented voters – on both sides of the aisle – expressing their desire to follow ANYONE who can utter the right words. They are so sweetly ripe to the right words that they are falling for Trump, Trump! Even Trump can find the right words to appeal to the angry masses!
But you can’t.
Joining Them in Their Delusions
After Obama won, how much did you, socialists and communists, advanced your ’cause’ by organizing the masses who voted for him? Did you reached out to those masses to organize a viable and appealing revolutionary third-party to prepare you for this election cycle? Any efforts at coalition building? You had eight years to do it.
The masses are passing you by again, and here you are discussing whether to join them there or…nowhere.
The reason why you are so impossibly unappealing to the masses is because…you join them in their delusions. You joined them with Obama, and now you are joining them with Sanders, just because you see him with all those kids following him as religious people follow charismatic preachers, and you want to have that. Otherwise you wouldn’t bother to ask whether to join the dems or not: it’s all about the masses you can’t handle.
What is the trick? What is it that Obama and Sanders have that you, socialists and communists, don’t have?
Have you asked yourselves that question? But seriously asked yourselves that question?
To Hillary or Not to Hillary?
I take it for granted, I expect and HOPE that you guys are not going to vote for Hillary, so that you prove some consistency. Only the ‘common’ masses should vote for her because they function within the duopoly party system. They are perennially obligated to choose for the least of two evils, and that’s the way it should be until YOU give them a real alternative, which you don’t have right now.
But you voting and asking them to vote for a pseudo-socialist, an unvetted politician, is doing a disservice, not only to the people, but to the socialist movement in general. Going the anarchist way, like Susan Sarandon and her ex hubby are suggesting (“vote for Trump to cause anarchy”) is irresponsible, is playing politics with the people’s lives. These personalities agitators don’t have much to lose; they can just pick up and leave the country when the repression is unleashed on the people.
So I expect and HOPE that you will not vote for Sanders either. Why? Haven’t you learned the lesson from the Obama debacle?
Lenin’s Dream And The Damage Caused by “Hope” and “the Bern”:
These two politicians, Obama and Sanders are the pablum the oligarchs need. The oligarchs see an angry populist movement ready with the pitchforks, and they quickly find ‘populist’ candidates to channel and neutralize that anger. They did it to the original GOP Tea Party movement. Every time you support one of these ‘populists’, you set the ‘movement’ 20 years back. These populists candidates are the reason the angry voters don’t want to venture outside the duopoly: these candidates stain the image of a socialist movement in general with their undelivered promises, with their becoming more-of-the-same with-different-color, and make the movement a non-alternative. Why trust socialists, they are as good at delivering as the oligarchs, maybe worse.
Most of us leftists agree that Obama killed the anti-war movement. It happened because, well, you can’t attack your elected history-setting ‘socialist’. Sanders is part two of that picture. Why? Because of your ENVY. Once you commit to them, you own them, in the sense that you have to pay, with the image of your movement, for what they break. But you want what Sanders has, access to the millions of (rightfully) angry voters; so you join him thinking you can get it from him.
“Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.” Well, it is there, the young generation, burning to change the present. Oh, but you are not Lenin.
Look, get ready for the next wave. Forget that you, once again, missed that train. There is always another arriving behind that one. Your job is to make yourselves appealing to the masses so that when they decide, on their own, to take down the ‘establishment’, they know there is an organization ready to support and provide structure to their energy.
One of the reasons the youngsters in the OWS and BLM refuse to organize in the old fashion political party format (they prefer no ‘leaders’) is because of your failure to offer them real participation in your organizations. It is you, socialists and communist, who have destroyed the working class movement in the USA.
You accuse Hillary of being untrustworthy: I say it is YOU who have proven to be untrustworthy to the angry masses, that’s why they don’t follow you.
The masses are still out there! Go get’em!
But please, first extirpate that mole off your nose.