Should the Green Party Stand Down in 2020?

Howie Hawkins

May 23, 2019

We can expect much commentary on why the socialist left should unite behind the Democrats in 2020 to get rid of the dreaded Trump. The Green Party will be told to stand down in the 2020 presidential campaign.

The quadrennial attacks on the Green Party will come from the usual whiny liberals like Eric Alterman, Jonathan Chait, Katha Pollitt, Michael Tomasky, and Joan Walsh in publications like The Nation, The New Republic, and The Daily Beast. They are already recycling their 2016 attacks on Bernie Sanders for being too left to beat Trump.

There will also be arguments against an independent left approach to 2020 coming from self-identified socialists who support Bernie Sanders and—in the end—any damned Democrat who is nominated to run against Trump. An early submission to this genre is “A Left Strategy for the 2020 Elections and Beyond” by Carl Davidson and Bill Fletcher, Jr., which is now making its way around the left blogosphere.

This article is not another cranky diatribe against the Green Party. It doesn’t even mention the Green Party, although some comments on it have attacked the Greens. The article is a rational argument for supporting Democrats to defeat Trump and the ultra-right Republicans. But rational doesn’t mean right if the premises are wrong.

Their starting point is “The defeat of Donald Trump and the ejection of his right-wing and white supremacist populist bloc from the centers of political power is a tactical goal of some urgency not only for Democrats but also for leftists.” The independent left should have no argument with that goal.

Their next premise is “Given how unlikely Trump’s resignation or impeachment is, the election of the candidate running on the Democratic Party line...

Jim McIlroy
May 23, 2019

The right-wing dominated Coalition's win in the May 18 federal election is a major setback for the climate action movement, the union movement and the interests of working people in Australia.

It will no doubt lead to an acceleration of attacks on union rights, the living standards of workers and the poor and is a serious blow to the growing climate action movement among youth and the population generally.

We must now urgently take steps to unite and step up the fight to defend the movements for progressive...

Zachary Eldredge & Colleen Baublitz
May 21, 2019

In the summer of 2018, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) published a report about a critical issue in the sciences: sexual harassment. (1) All too predictably, they found that gender-based harassment is pervasive (especially for women of color), that this harassment has material consequences for the careers of women in the sciences, and that existing approaches are failing to address this problem. This report’s existence is itself significant;...

Richard Greeman
May 17, 2019

Dear Friends, Colleagues, Comrades,

I am writing you from France, where I am a participant-observer in the Yellow Vest movement, which is still going strong after six months, despite a dearth of information in the international media. My report follows.

This unique, original social movement has enormous international significance. It has already succeeded in shattering the capitalist myth of “representative democracy” by unmasking the lies and violence...

Ron Lare
May 17, 2019

The SPD — the Social Democratic Party of Germany — is Germany’s oldest political party. Its history includes both revolutionary struggle against capitalism and the betrayal of revolution. Many still consider it a socialist party, and its youth organization identifies as Young Socialists.

Now, in a May Day 2019 interview, the leader of the party’s youth organization, the “Jusos,” 29-year-old Kevin Kühnert, has shocked the German political establishment, including an SPD leadership committed...

Anticapitalistas (Spanish state)
May 17, 2019

The general elections have X-rayed the reality of the political situation in the Spanish State: the great majority of the population has said “no” to the radical, macho, racist right at the service of the rich. The people of the left mobilized against the threat posed by these minority sectors. Their defeat is clear, although they will continue to try to condition public debates by trying to turn into problems issues that for the majority of the population are legitimate rights to be developed:...

The Embassy Protection Collective (Venezuelan Embassy)
May 14, 2019

With the threat of eviction, solidarity activists in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC released a statement saying that eviction and arrests would be unlawful.

On January 24, 2019 Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of Venezuela’s embassy and all consulates in the United States. In the wake of these closures Juan Guaido, self proclaimed President of Venezuela and leader...

Two articles from International Viewpoint
May 7, 2019

International Viewpoint published English translations of statements by two Venezuelan socialist groups with which the Fourth International has fraternal relations, We reject the attempted military coup by Guaidó, López and their imperialist partners. May the discontented people not fall into the trap of the coup plotters! by Marea Socialista and We condemn the fascist coup and denounce wage precariousness on 1 May...

Solidarity National Committee
May 3, 2019

Donald Trump’s Bay of Pigs?

THE U.S.-SPONSORED COUP in Venezuela appears to have fizzled on the first day. But the country remains on a knife-edge. A failure of this coup would leave the Trump administration facing the prospect of its own “Bay of Pigs”-type debacle — when John F. Kennedy in 1961 authorized a CIA-organized invasion of Cuba, which was rapidly crushed, a generational humiliation for U.S. imperialism in Latin America.

Venezuela in 2019 is far different from Cuba in 1961, and...

Ana Garcia
May 3, 2019

The rise of the far right is a worldwide phenomenon, rooted in the nefarious effects of neoliberal globalization which have pushed the world into mass unemployment and enormous inequalities. I consider it to be a late political effect of the global financial crisis that hit the world at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

It is not an easy task to explain the phenomenon of

A Letter from the Editors
May 2, 2019

This marks the 200th issue since the announcement in January, 1986 that with our new series, “Against the Current inaugurates a new magazine of socialist theory and strategy.” It’s an occasion to look back at where matters stood then, and how they look now. One contrast stands out sharply: In the middle 1980s, the socialist left at least in the United States was going through one of its driest and most difficult times. To be sure there were dynamic movements, especially in solidarity with the...

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