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Lesser Evil?: Debates on the Democratic Party and Independent Working-Class Politics

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2002

    A Most Remarkable Book

    What strategy is needed to advance the cause of the working class and progressive people? Since the 1930s and Franklin D. Roosevelt, labor, Black, and other progressive movements have supported the 'lesser evil', usually the Democratic party candidate. Debated here is whether working people should dump this course and seek instead to replace the system which is alternatively administered by 'lesser evil' Democrats and 'greater evil' Republicans. Read the book and consider the consequences of 'coalitionism' vs. independent working class political action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2002

    Exciting debates on working-class political strategy!

    A lively and thought-provoking book. Lively because of the format -- the actual transcripts of live debates -- and because of the importance of the questions posed: should activist and militant workers fighting to change U.S. society work for or within the two-party system, specifically for the Democratic Party (the so-called Lesser Evil)? In each case, leaders of the Socialist Workers Party championing independent political action take on prominent social democrats arguing for working within the Democratic Party. These debates took place in the midst of political struggles in 1959, 1965 and 1976. They are shaped by the tremendous labor upsurge of the 1930s and 1940s that forged the industrial unions of the CIO, the massive civil rights movement and the movement against the U.S. war in Vietnam-- times when millions of working people and youth took to the streets and challenged the policies and rulers of this country. I find the historical examples cited and the lessons drawn very relevant for today. Read these debates, weigh the arguments, and decide for yourselves! I¿d also recommend some further useful reading including: Labor¿s Giant Step: 20 years of the CIO, by Art Preis; Out Now! A participant¿s account of the movement in the United States against the Vietnam war, by Fred Halstead; and the collection of speeches by Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary.

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