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A New Party of a New Type
If you took a comparative politics class in college during the Cold War, it would have discussed the nature of the Communist system, which was distinguished from a democratic system by the merger of the Party and the state, becoming a party-state. Well, the United States is also a party-state, except instead of being a single-party state, it’s a two-party state. That is just as much of a departure from the norm in the world as a one-party state.

In the United States, the law basically requires the Democrats and the Republicans to set up their internal structures the way that the government instructs them to. The government lays out the requirements of how they select their leaders and runs their internal nominee elections, and a host of other considerations. All this stuff is organized by state governments according to their own rules. And of course when we say state governments, who we’re talking about the Democrats and the Republicans.

So it’s a kind of a cartel arrangement in which the two parties have set up a situation that is intended to prevent the emergence of the kind of institution that in the rest of the world is considered a political party: a membership-run organization that has a presence outside of the political system, outside of the government, and can force its way into the government on the basis of some program that those citizens and members assemble around.
democracy  electoralism  electoral_politics 
july 2018 by perich
“Wild, Unprecedented” Reformism: The Case of Larry Krasner – The Philadelphia Partisan
By zeroing in on one of the reforms being touted by Krasner’s proponents, the elimination of cash bail, we show that this reform has been accomplished in many other municipalities without the election of a progressive district attorney, which raises the question for those of us interested in making social change: just how important is it to have progressives in elected office, anyway?

What we will find is that, at least around the issue of ending cash bail, not only is the presence of a progressive District Attorney not a key ingredient, but that a number of quite different political strategies — some of which stand in direct opposition to the tactics promoted by electorally-minded socialists — have led to an identical outcome: the phasing out of cash bail.
prison_abolition  bail  bail_reform  electoral_politics  electoralism  reform_vs_revolution  incrementalism  philadelphia  pennsylvania  larry_krasner  activism  liberals-vs-left 
may 2018 by perich
The pitfalls of radical electoralism

The second in a series looking at and debunking specific 'tactical voting' strategies and election narratives from an anti-electoral perspective.

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via The pitfalls of radical electoralism
IFTTT  The  pitfalls  of  radical  electoralism 
february 2015 by davidmarsden
Syriza’s Victory « LRB blog
"The ascent of Syriza signifies the emergence of a trans-European politics in a way the previous rise to prominence of the likes of the Front National and Ukip haven’t. The eurosceptics want to push the European Union away. They want their politics to be more national. What makes Alexis Tsipras radical is not what he wants to do in Greece, but what he wants to do in Europe.

Tsipras’s programme will work only if he manages to ignite the Syrizification of the entire Eurozone; if he can win the implicit support of voters in enough national elections across the continent to force Angela Merkel and her fellow pro-austerity north Europeans into the position of isolation that Greece is in now."
Greece  election  politics  Syriza  austerity  finance  debt  crisis  Germany  Euro  electoralism  dctagged  dc:creator=MeekJames 
january 2015 by petej
The Socialist Party's early years | SocialistWorker.org
In the early years of the 20th century, the ideas of socialism began to reach a mass audience in the U.S. Brian Erway looks at the origins of the Socialist Party.
socialism  unions  electoralism 
february 2011 by dissident

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