The Socialist Majority Caucus of DSA is proposing the following national convention resolution:
This is the North Star Caucus's proposed resolution on the same subject:
Here is one view:
There is nothing objectionable in the Socialist Majority Caucus resolution, but there is something crucially important missing – the necessity of defeating Trump and Trumpism in the 2020 elections. This makes the resolution radically incomplete, an ahistorical discussion of electoral politics that avoids the most central issue of electoral politics of this moment. There is a deference to the political fundamentalism of Momentum/Spring/Bread and Roses and its rhetoric of class struggle electoral politics, even as that caucus absents itself from the decisive class struggle election battles of our day, that leads Socialist Majority to duck the question. And yet there is no more important question for the future of American democracy, the left, and all of the popular forces. The debate over this issue will only take place if we take the lead in making it happen. Leo Casey.
A second view.
I favor Leo’s view above on Trump and Trumpism, It is difficult to imagin how much damage the Trump cartel has already caused, See, for example, Paul Krugman’s opinion piece in the NYT today on how starting many trade wars: Iran, India, China, Russia, Mexico, the EU has set back our global system. (That avoids the question of how our global system was used to further neoliberalism). And see Michael Lewis, the Fifth Risk, on how the Trump brigades have set back science and the feeding of children, among other items,
I do, however, see a reasonable middle ground.
We can put all of our efforts in Defeating Trump and Trumpism and electing Democratic Socialists and Progressives. However if Sanders or Warren do not get the nomination, DSA as a national organization does not need to endorse a neoliberal. - like Biden. That does not mean we will not be active in the elections.
Today Warren posted a platform on trade that criticizes Trump’s trade wars, argues for fair trade, and critiques neoliberal trade. This is a step ahead on trade.
DSA can encourage political participation along a broad spectrum of electoral campaigns. For example, here in California there will be an initiative _ Schools and Communities First- to tax the rich to fund schools and community development, . There will be various Medicare for All campaigns. DSA can engage electorally and lead politically to defeat Trumpism without endorsing a neoliberal Democrat.
What do others think?
The opinions expressed here are those of members and allies of DSA North Star Caucus meant to educate, inspire discussion and encourage comradely debate.