Communist World News

Partisan politics more important than promoting socialism in US elections, it seems

In North America on April 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Washington, USA — With four socialist parties running against each other in the 2012 presidential elections to be held on 17th of December 2012, promoting one’s political party takes precedence over promoting socialism, it seems.

The 2012 presidential elections will be between Democratic candidate Barrack Obama and a still to be determined Republican candidate, likely being Mitt Romney. Participation in the 2012 presidential election as a third party or independent candidate serves a solely promotional and symbolic purpose. At present, there are four socialist candidates running for president: Stewart Alexander of the multi-tendency democratic socialist Socialist Party USA (SPUSA), Stephen Durham is running in the name of the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP), Peta Lindsay is running for the Marxist-Leninist Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), and Jerry White is running for the Trotskyist Socialist Equality Party (SEP).

Critics argue that since promotion is the only reason to run a candidate, and the diversity of running candidates, it seems the main purpose of all parties is to promote their specific partisan politics as opposed to promoting socialism in general. Should all socialist parties unite under a left front banner, they are more likely to put socialism on the map, it is argued. But given the opposing tendencies of these parties, they are unlikely to form a left front after the Russian left front’s example.

Published by Tim Cornelis


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