Today, the leadership of DSA banned a discussion on building a working class political party. As explained in this video, I was to make a presentation to the delegates to the upcoming national convention on this issue, but just before that subject came up I was bounced off the video conference call. I’m being told it was because I “left” it but that is untrue.
The point is this: DSA could make a real contribution by running candidates for local office as open socialists, as working class representatives, and as being outside of and opposed to the Democratic Party. They could explain that the entire party is the party of the owners of capital – the capitalist class – and that workers need their own party. But they can’t run on that basis as long as they are supporting any of the candidates of that party, much less run on the Democratic ticket. Oaklandsocialist urges you to watch the short video to get a more in-depth explanation of the politics involved.
The reason the DSA leadership removed me from the discussion is that it is so blindingly obviously true at this point, but they are committed to maintaining the ties with the liberal/”progressive” wing of this party of the bosses. I hope members consider these points and insist on a discussion on them.
For a more in-depth view of DSA, see this article.
Also see this article for a review of four activists who are running for local office outside the Democratic Party.