True Mission: Socialists and the Labor Party Question in the U.S.

True Mission: Socialists and the Labor Party Question in the U.S.

by Eric Thomas Chester
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745322158

ISBN-13: 9780745322155

Pub. Date: 02/20/2004

Publisher: Pluto Press

Despairing of the idea of a labor party in the United States, but seeing little hope for a Nader-style anti-corporate populist party being able to make a definitive break with the U.S. two-party system, socialist writer Chester examines moments in U.S. history in which it seemed possible to mount a credible leftist alternative to the two capitalist parties, including

Overview

Despairing of the idea of a labor party in the United States, but seeing little hope for a Nader-style anti-corporate populist party being able to make a definitive break with the U.S. two-party system, socialist writer Chester examines moments in U.S. history in which it seemed possible to mount a credible leftist alternative to the two capitalist parties, including Henry George's formation of the United Labor Party in the 1880s, the Bob La Follette presidential campaign of 1924, and the campaigns of the American Labor Party in the 1930s. In each case, he finds, efforts to establish a labor party fatally weakened any chance to break with the two-party system. For Chester, the Socialist Party of the early 20th century provides the model for a genuinely independent politics. The book is distributed by Stylus. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745322155
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
02/20/2004
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Engels and the Henry George Campaign of 1886:
'Historic' Development or Blind Alley

The Political Party of the Working Class:
The Socialist Party and the Labor Party Question

The Conference for Progressive Political Action:
Labor Party or Pressure Group

The Octogenarian Snail: The La Follette Campaign of 1924

The Labor Party in the 1930s:
Trotsky, Thomas and La Guardia

Labor Party or Green Party:
The Nader Campaign of 2000

Conclusions:
The Socialist Alternative

Bi

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