Titled A ragged process, the column is by Sam Webb, the CPUSA chairman. He writes, The notion of the capitalist class on the one side and the working class on the other may sound radical, but it is neither Marxist, nor found in life and politics.
Webb hails the election of Barack Obama to the U.S. presidency as the defeat of right-wing extremism that has been in power for the past 30 yearsa period that would include, by the way, the eight years of the Democratic administration of William Clinton. Webb attributes this defeat of right-wing extremism not just to the brilliance of Obama but also to the broad wings of a peoples coalition.
This coalition, Webb writes, stretches (for now) from President Obama to the core forces of the peoples movement: labor, African American, Latino, and other racially oppressed people, women, and youth. It also includes dissatisfied grassroots supporters of the right wing, sections of the Democratic Party and even corporate capitaldepending on the issue at hand. He gives no examples of what those issues might be.
The CPUSAs perspective over the next few years, Webb says, is to seek a new New Deal. The original New Deal was a package of reforms implemented by the Franklin Roosevelt administration in the midst of the 1930s depression to rescue capitalism from collapse and thwart rising labor militancy from organizing independent working-class political action.
The main elements of the New Deal were won not in 1933, which was Roosevelts first year in office, but in 1935-1937, Webb states. I suspect the future will be much the same.
In the same issue of PWW Paquet Daniel writes a letter to the editor about a discussion with a coworker who said he knew there were communists in the United States because he had seen the Militant. Daniel introduced the worker to the PWW. He says the worker liked the paper because it had a fair approach of the reality, especially about Afghanistan.
The front-page of that PWW carried the headline No escalation is first step to peace in Afghanistan. By contrast the Militant has consistently campaigned for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all imperialist forces from Afghanistan and Iraq.
The PWW has announced that it will cease publication of a printed edition beginning January 1.
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