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[Xmca-l] Fwd: Re: Why I Won't Vote for Sanders

Apologies. Apparently the last version of this came through blank.

Like Andy, if I was an American I would vote for Sanders and also be actively involved in his campaign, despite acknowledging the limitations of his policies and him personally. That is not because I'm unsympathetic to David Kelloggs' principles - which I broadly share - but because I think Sanders' campaign, despite its Democratic label, represents the best chance for a very long time of breaking a sizable group of people away from two-party money-dominated politics for something better and more to the left. Who would have thought a year ago that millions of Americans would vote for someone who openly and unapologetically calls himself a socialist? Is it not better to try to talk to them, to convince them that they need to maintain an independent organisation after Sanders' inevitable defeat as their aspirations will never be met through the Democratic Party? Instead David proposes waiting forever for something he doesn't believe will happen - a passive and consumerist approach to a situation that has changed even compared with four years ago.

Of course, whether anything better does emerge depends on a lot of factors, not least how Sanders himself reacts. It might be possible to make a cold, cynical assessment and say that the odds are against it. (I have my own reasons to be cynical.In 1996 I attended the founding convention of the Labor Party which ultimately foundered on the unwillingness of some union kleaders to challenge the Democrats electorally.) But unless the ground is tested it's impossible to know and, even if it fails, the far left might still grow and become a more visible force in US politics, certainly something that won't result from the SWP's campaign.

Annalisa - some UK feminists welcomed Thatcher's election on the grounds that a woman prime minister was a step forward. I don't need to tell you what happened next. Hillary isn't Thatcher obviously. But there's also the disappointed expectations that surrounded Obama as the first black President. She is the candidate of Goldman Sachs, not of the women's movement.

Bruce Robinson