Uniting Against the Ultra-Right
Let’s Get Real vs. Let’s Get Small
An argument in support of the "Uniting Against the Ultra-Right" resolution at the upcoming national convention.
BY MAX B. SAWICKY - 2023 DSA NATIONAL CONVENTION DISCUSSION
In Socialist Forum.
Democracy in the US is under direct threat from the Republican Party, which Noam Chomsky has called “the most dangerous organization in the history of the world.” The ascendance of this organization to national power will mean the destruction of all progressive politics. We see such embryonic scenarios playing out in Florida, Texas, and other states. Indeed, our would-be Führer Donald Trump pledges to liquidate any socialist presence in the U.S. It’s not as if it has never happened before. The Palmer Raids and McCarthyism are cautionary tales.
The threat of fascism leads me to stress broad unity in support for Democratic candidates in the national elections in November 2024 as an essential way to block the Right’s road to power. Formal DSA endorsements are beside the point. What matters for the election is material support, and what matters for DSA growth is a visible contribution to that support. Prior to November, primary campaigns that showcase DSA ideas are fine, but third-party efforts or electoral abstention in November can only help rightists gain elective office.
…. gains will depend on keeping Donald Trump and his neo-fascist party out of the White House, expanding the Democratic majority in the Senate, and flipping party control of the House of Representatives. DSA’s reputation and political prospects depend on being part of that effort. Hence, I urge the convention to adopt our resolution “Uniting Against the Ultra-Right.”
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Here is an excerpt from the North Star sponsored resolution Uniting Against the Ultra-Right.
Democratic socialists must take seriously the threat to our democracy posed by the extremist right-wing elements in the US that have coalesced around the MAGA movement and its allies and gained control of the Republican Party to the point where it is barely distinguishable from them. The ultra-right’s rule would undermine our already inadequate constitutional order in favor of authoritarian rule by the propertied classes, combined with weakening of the federal government and the suppression of basic civil rights, environmental protection and public services.
To say that the ultra-right is the principal enemy does not mean that it is the only enemy. It means, however, that we must focus on uniting democratic socialists, progressives and all those willing to build towards a majority which can defeat this threat. This broad front must be multi-racial and cross-class. It cannot be an alignment of the Left alone nor can it be limited to those who are in total agreement with a left/progressive agenda.
We are aware that the necessary organized nucleus of such a broad front does not exist and that DSA is not a part of such an alliance. Therefore, we are taking the first steps toward its formation and also addressing the issue that the democratic left is splintered among many organizations that often act with little coordination. Improvement should start by DSA approaching its nearest sister organizations.
North Star is supporting this resolution. We invite all to contact their convention delegates and ask them to support the resolution.
North Star caucus members
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Hatuey's Ashes (blog of José G. Pérez)
Authory and Substack of Max Sawicky
Online University of the Left
In These Times
The American Prospect
Black Agenda Report
Dollars and Sense
Working Families Party
Poor People's Campaign
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
Progressive Democrats of America
Democracy for America
Black Lives Matter
Movement for Black Lives
The Women's March
Jewish Voice for Peace
National Abortion Rights Action League
National Organization for Women
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights