Political Parties in America

Adapted from V.I. Lenin’s 1917 pamphlet, “Political Parties in Russia and the Tasks of the Proletariat.

1) WHAT ARE THE CHIEF POLITICAL PARTY GROUPINGS IN AMERICA?

  1. The Grand Old Party (Republicans) and kindred groups like the Libertarian Party.

  2. The Democratic Party (Democrats) and kindred groups like the Green Party, Working Families’ Party, and Democratic Socialists of America.

2) WHAT CLASSES DO THESE PARTIES REPRESENT? WHAT CLASS STANDPOINT DO THEY EXPRESS?

  1. The most reactionary sections of the capitalist bourgeoisie, who wish to advance the privatization of the commons and break concentrated state power into corporate fiefdoms.

  2. The bourgeoisie as a whole, that is, the capitalist class, who seek to maintain state power in order to preserve the status quo.

3) WHAT IS THEIR ATTITUDE TOWARDS SOCIALISM?

  1. Decidedly hostile, since they seek to use the state only for increasing the profits of the capitalist landowners. Uses nationalist rhetoric to redirect the anger of the working class against itself.

  2. Decidedly hostile in action, since it threatens the profits of the capitalists and landowners. Uses the language of socialism to steer the working class away from revolutionary awareness and toward ineffective electoral politics.

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