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Revolutionary Communist Party USA leader endorses Biden

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Post 15 Aug 2020, 17:09
Fox News wrote:
Revolutionary Communist Party USA leader endorses Biden, warns followers against 'protest vote'
Bob Avakian says voting for Biden is essential part of 'struggle against this fascist regime'

The head of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA is urging members to head to the polls in November to cast their votes for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden – arguing that while Biden still represents a “murderous system of capitalism-imperialism” he is a better choice than President Trump.

In a lengthy email to his followers – which was also posted on the Revolutionary Communist Party USA’s website - Bob Avakian said that ousting Trump from the White House was too important of a goal.

“At this critical hour, every appropriate means of non-violent action must be utilized to remove this regime from power,” Avakian wrote. “And if, in spite of mass protest demanding the removal of the Trump/Pence regime, this regime remains in power when it is time for voting, then — without placing fundamental reliance on this — using all appropriate means to work for the removal of this regime must include voting against Trump (assuming the election is actually held).”

“To be clear," he added, "this means not a 'protest vote' for some candidate who has no chance of winning, but actually voting for the Democratic Party candidate, Biden, in order to effectively vote against Trump.”

Avakian, who founded the party in 1979 and has a controversial past that includes a prison sentence for desecrating the American flag and support for Peru’s Shining Path guerrillas, wants his followers to know that he is not endorsing Biden, but that he sees this election as choosing a lesser of two evils.

“Biden is not 'better' than Trump, in any meaningful way — except that he is not Trump and is not part of the move to consolidate and enforce fascist rule, with everything that means,” he said. “The struggle against this fascist regime needs to include voting against Trump by voting for Biden ... and being prepared to carry forward this mass mobilization if Trump loses the election but refuses to leave.”

According to the most recent average of polls taken by RealClearPolitics, Biden maintains a seven-point lead over the president.

Well the CPUSA & RCP are both voting Biden.
Post 15 Aug 2020, 19:35
Something about the revolutionary defense of liberal-democracy made sense in the era of world wars, after the first spawned a revolution to be crushed, made compost for fascist counter-revolution, and subsequent forced abdication of liberal institutions by a humiliated imperialist power. In particular, it made sense when we had a comintern directing something like the popular front tactic. Today, on the heels of liberal decay as we were heading into their unipolar, globalizing world, it looks more related to the left's lack of independence from liberalism. The logic in the article is the same kind we heard in the Bush era, and the idea that voting is part of a struggle and part of fighting fascism should raise eyebrows.

A vote for Biden isn't wrong but, as the article hints at, it's a democratic vote at root that needs to be connected to something greater. I guess it remains to be seen whether that actually happens.
Post 15 Aug 2020, 19:51
Biden was born in 1942, Avakian in 1943, Trump in 1946. Amazing how old all these people are.
Post 16 Aug 2020, 01:39
The current president of Laos turned 83 yesterday.
Post 21 Aug 2020, 23:53
Kirov wrote:
Biden was born in 1942, Avakian in 1943, Trump in 1946. Amazing how old all these people are.

They're of the Politburo-age ;-)
Post 22 Aug 2020, 01:03
I remember thinking that the equivalent would be veterans of the 1860s US Civil War running to be President in 1920. But then I remembered that it actually happened and later. Von Hindenburg fought in the 1866 War with Austria and was President in 1934. Born 1847.
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