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Entryism and the US Democratic Party:Larouche Tactics

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 28 Jan 2008, 19:10
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Post 08 Nov 2008, 00:07
Just to preface I find LaRouche's politics abhorrent, and considering his relations with Nazis, Reaganites, and his vicious physical attacks on the CPUSA, SWP and Maoists, he in no way should be considered a part of the left.

However he has been the most successful "fringe" movement, within the US 2 party system. The 2 party system has been a centuries long barrier to a socialist movement in the USA. But it seems that the national Democratic party has very little control over local primaries. Take a look at the wiki article on how LaRouche's minions influenced local democrats, and let me know what you think. I think there are some tactical insights to be gained.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaRouche_m ... anizations
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LaRouche-affiliated political parties have nominated many hundreds of candidates for national and regional offices in the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Australia and France, for almost thirty years. In countries outside the U.S., the LaRouche movement maintains its own minor parties, and they have had no significant electoral success to date. In the U.S., however, they are active in the Democratic Party, and individuals associated with the movement have successfully sought party office in some elections, particularly Democratic County Central Committee posts. In 2006, LaRouche Youth Movement activist and Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee member Cody Jones was honored as "Democrat of the Year" for the 43rd Assembly District of California, by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. [9].
At the April 2007 California State Democratic Convention, LYM activist Quincy O'Neal was elected vice-chairman of the California State Democratic Black Caucus,[10] and Wynneal Inocentes was elected corresponding secretary of the Filipino Caucus.[11]
In 1986, Janice Hart won the Democratic Primary election for the office of Illinois Secretary of State, and Mark J. Fairchild won the Democratic Primary for Illinois Lieutenant Governor. Up until the day following the election, major media outlets were reporting that George Sangmeister, Fairchild's primary opponent, was running unopposed. 21 years later Fairchild asked, “how is it possible that the major media, with all of their access to information, could possibly be mistaken in that way?”[12][13] (After the Illinois primary Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) blasted his own party for pursuing a policy of ignoring the ‘infiltration by the neo-Nazi elements of Lyndon H. LaRouche,’ and worried that too often, especially in the media, ‘the LaRouchites’ are ‘dismissed as kooks.’ ‘In an age of ideology, in an age of totalitarianism, it will not suffice for a political party to be indifferent to and ignorant about such a movement,’ said Moynihan."[8] Moynihan had previously faced a primary challenge in 1982 from Mel Klenetsky, a Jewish associate of LaRouche, and had called Klenetsky "anti-Semitic."[9]) Democratic gubernatorial candidate Adlai Stevenson III was favored to win this election, having lost the previous election by a narrow margin amid allegations of vote fraud. However, he refused to run on the same slate with Hart and Fairchild. Instead, Stevenson formed the Solidarity Party and ran with Jane Spirgel as the Secretary of State nominee. Hart and Spirgel's opponent, Republican incumbent Jim Edgar, won the election by the largest margin in any state-wide election in Illinois history, with 1.574 million votes.[10]
In November 2007, Mark Fairchild returned to Illinois to promote legislation authored by LaRouche, called the Homeowners and Bank Protection Act of 2007, that would establish a moratorium on home foreclosures and establish a new federal agency to oversee all federal and state banks. He also promoted LaRouche's plan to build a high-speed railroad to connect Russia and the United States, including a tunnel under the Bering Strait.[14][15]
In 1988, Claude Jones won the chairmanship of the Harris County Democratic Party in Houston, only to be stripped of his authority by the county executive committee before he could take office.[16]
In 2000, the Democratic nominee in Wyoming for the Senate, Mel Logan, was a LaRouche follower;[11] the Republican incumbent, Craig Thomas, won in a 76%-23% landslide.
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Post 10 Nov 2008, 09:17
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owever he has been the most successful "fringe" movement, within the US 2 party system.
That depends on how you define success.

SWP has had more success in elections. Not that I like them, but they do fare better.
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Post 10 Nov 2008, 09:23
I've seen the people they are talking about here in Denmark. The Schiller Institute. They're really weird. Not too mention marginalized to the extreme, they might have fielded candidates but they certainly have never won an office ever.
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Post 11 Nov 2008, 04:38
heiss93 wrote:
2 party system has been a centuries long barrier to a socialist movement in the USA.


At first, I'd almost agree with you. Greens, Communists, Libertarians, Nazis, Socialists, ect. all third parties have problems getting on the ballot to vote in the same league as the Dems and Reps. But this would suggest that if there were multiple parties running in the USA that they'd actually have a different class running the show. There would be no difference if the CPUSA (for example) was running the country if the capitalist class was still in charge. Your statement would also suggest that the CPs and SPs of Europe and other developed countries are doing well, a statement that I would disagree with.
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Post 11 Nov 2008, 09:10
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There would be no difference if the CPUSA (for example) was running the country if the capitalist class was still in charge.


All CPUSA members: please defend your party.
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Post 11 Nov 2008, 17:16
How do you intend for them to argue against obvious truth?
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 19 Aug 2006, 17:42
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Post 11 Nov 2008, 17:22
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All CPUSA members: please defend your party.


I still have membership in that party. I have had it for a while simply because of their activity locally. I do not agree with what they have become. Therefore, I cannot defend it.

I have not done anything with them in at least a year.
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Post 11 Nov 2008, 18:03
Wow, I didn't know CPUSA members actually existed anymore... I thought they were just filled with inactive FBI agents and other counter revolutionaries.
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