The Oct. 29 issue of the New York Times speaks volumes about the level of desperation reached by the paper’s editors — determined to pull out all the stops to defeat Donald Trump and put the Clinton family back in the White House.
In a paper whose propertied owners never mention the Socialist Workers Party as a matter of policy, that day’s leading op-ed had the sole aim of reaching those considering a vote for the SWP presidential ticket of Alyson Kennedy and Osborne Hart.
The column featured by the editors was written by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, who says his parents belonged to the SWP. He explains the party isn’t after a “protest vote,” but acts “to participate in politics using whatever means the capitalist system has allowed so as to eventually be able to overthrow the capitalist system.”
But in this election, with its “stark contrast between Mrs. Clinton and Donald J. Trump,” he says, workers drawn to the SWP have to jettison their communist principles, “at least this time around.”
In their panic, the old-money ruling-class family that runs the Times has to address workers attracted to the party. “Stop trying to make the world a better place,” they cry; suck it up and vote Clinton.