Third Party

Socialists and the 2020 Election

Solidarity By Linda Thompson and Steve Bloom January/February 2020 issue PROSPECTS FOR SOCIALISM are off in the future. The 2020 presidential election is here and now, and confronts us with a right-wing menace unlike any that has been faced before. When asked what our goals are in the 2020 elections the majority of left activists in the USA will say: “to defeat Donald Trump.” Many are even more specific: “We are Bernie or Bust.” If we are honest with ourselves, however, we must acknowledge that many of these will also end up urging people to vote for the eventual Democratic…

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Democrats should abandon the third-party “spoiler” argument

History and polling data show third-party candidates have rarely spoiled presidential elections for Democrats. Truthout By Matthew M. Heidtmann November 9, 2019 With the 2020 presidential primaries in full swing, a common narrative in U.S. politics has resurfaced. Recently, former Secretary of State and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton suggested on the podcast “Campaign HQ” that current Democratic candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is part of Russian efforts to influence the 2020 presidential election. While Clinton did not directly mention Gabbard by name, she insinuated that the congresswoman is “the favorite of the Russians,” and that Russian operatives are…


The Left Must Finally Break With the Democrats

Black Agenda Report A Discussion with Nick Brana February 13, 2019 It is vitally important to create a mass-based and corporate-free party of working people. “The Democratic Party is so conservative that Pelosi is now left of center.” Intro Note: The following discussion with Nick Brana, executive director of the Movement for a People’s Party and organizer for the Labor-Community Campaign for an Independent Party (LCCIP), is reprinted from the February 2019 issue of Unity & Independence, the monthly labor supplement of The Organizer newspaper.  Nick Brana was an organizer for Draft Bernie for a People’s Party. Brana is now…


A Debate for Auditor: What the Papers Wouldn’t Say

By Don Fitz October 25, 2018 Why does the Green Party elect so few people in the US while similar parties have elected representatives across the globe? Some have suggested it is the way Greens organize or problems with the leadership. While these may be contributing factors, they could hardly be a complete explanation since the Democrats and Republicans have elected thousands of incompetent, disorganized candidates. A factor that may be far more important is the way the press defines non-corporate parties as unworthy of existence, even when they bring up the issues most on people’s minds. Would it be…


Seize The Time

Every time we view the news in the paper or on television or the internet, we are struck by the tragic politics of our country’s leaders. This, along with the epidemic of violence, poverty, racism and injustice, environmental destruction and war, is evil and oppressive. Dr. King stated, “First, non-violence is resistance to evil and oppression. It is a human way to fight back.” At sixteen, I was ten feet from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. The problem today is that too much of America is still dreaming. Today, far too…