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Joshua Frank is co-editor of Dissident Voice and author of Left Out. How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush (Common Courage Press, 2005), and along with Jeffrey St. Clair, the editor of the brand new book Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland, published by AK Press in July 2008. He can be reached at: brickburner@gmail.com

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  • 1 Carl Davidson // Oct 31, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Well, since this is addressed to us, I’ll offer a few answers, but I’ll also ask Frank the same question: What doe HE plan to do after election day?

    First, a lot depends on who wins. It matters to me, most of the working class and almost all African Americans, that McCain loses. It doesn’t seem to matter much to Frank, so in some ways, he’s not part of any left I want to deal with. He’s deluded into thinking he can end this war while dissing all these folks.

    I’m not in his first group, thinking Obama will magically move left. We’ve had Obama pegged as a liberal speaking to the center from day one.

    But I’m not in his second group, either, thinking every advance is teeny. If we organize well, we may actually get some rather important ones.

    ‘Organize’ is the key word here. He asks how we plan to pressure the politicians on high. Whether in the Obama camp or any other, you first get the attention of politicians mainly in two ways–organized voters or organized money. Since we don’t have the latter, we stress the former, and that’s what we’ve been doing–building new grassroots organizations of voters that belong to us, not the Dems or anyone else at the top. Second, you deploy your forces both in the streets, at the polls, in the schools, in the military, everywhere. But if you have no base community organizations to do these things WITH, then all your talk is so much cafe chatter.

    Because of our work in this campaign, we’ve done fairly well. But Frank is really clueless. How would he know, since his cynicism blinds him? He just doesn’t get it after all these years. If you want socialism or any other kind of radical change, you have to go to the working class, where they happen to be; you don’t just play ‘waiting for lefty’ or run around with red flags and hope they’ll come to you. And then you work with their allies as well, against the main immediate enemy.

    I live in blue-collar Beaver County in Western PA. We went into this campaign with an independent base organization of 80-100 workers united around ‘Out Now,’ HR 676, and Green Jobs.

    That’s still our key stands, but we’ve added Kucinich’s 16-point New Deal plan to project into the Bail-out battle. Yes, they conflict with most of Obama’s, but so what? We’re asking people to vote for him vs McCain, not to get married to his platform.

    But we’ve nearly doubled our size in the last nine months, made new allies in other unions, made new alliances in the Black community and with antiwar Obama youth at some local campuses.

    We also now have an online public face weblog, Beaver County Blue, which puts out a left-progressive pole and is widely read among unionists and Black activists.

    We demonstrate against the war every week, but we build strong organization that belongs to us, and operates within the milieu I write about. Some of the local Dem incumbents worry, but we’re widely appreciated as a source of good ideas and tireless work.

    We work with IVAW here, as well as MFSO, and together with other peace groups and a state senator, we now have resolutions in the statehouse to yank the PA guard out of the war.

    We circulate hundreds, if not thousands, of items against all kinds of repression on our national P4O lists, and forward them to many others. In Denver, we worked on the IVAW security team to lend a hand with a successful action.

    So we’re doing well, but always hope to do better. We’re far from perfect.

    But this won’t satisfy you, Joshua, or your friends. You’ll cherry pick some demand or another issue or event to strike a pose, so no matter.

    But the fact remains that we’re building serious organization for serious work. You can call it ‘pandering’ or whatever you like, since our local opposition knows better. It really doesn’t matter what Frank or his local compatriots, the Pittsburgh student anarchists, think about this, because, first, they rarely think things through much at all, and second, they hang up near the University of Pitt, and are completely irrelevant to the actually class struggle unfolding here. Fine by us, since there’s plenty of sane and radical working-class youth here for us to relate to with politics that can go somewhere.

    It’s actually quite refreshing outside the cul-de-sac of the ‘left bloc’ swamp. Frank is welcome to stay there, if he insists. But if he ever want to put that baggage down, he’s welcome here, too.

    As for the antiwar movement ‘disappearing,’ what a hoot! A whole new sector of it has emerged, the antiwar Obama youth, about a million of them. They just decided to try to use Obama to end the war. whether wisely or not, they didn’t bother to ask me or Frank if this was OK. They just did it. Same with the union workers who give Obama standing ovations when he asserts he’ll end the war.

    Now if you’re an antiwar leader, your task is not just to lead the people who mainly agree with you. That’s the easier, softer way. You have to try to lead those who don’t mostly agree with you, who are not yet activists or anti-imperialists, but are the workers who cheer Obama or the youth who work for him.

    That’s what we do, and we’re doing it rather well. Believe me, we’re already preparing a mass mobilization on an Obama White House (hopefully Obama will win) early this spring to demand he follow through on ending the war, and to block any wider wars. We’ll have lots of new troops to work with, not just a bunch of wacked-out anarchists who think the way to end the war is to play dress-up with black clothes and masks, break store windows, and play tag with cops in the streets. After the RNC fiasco, thanks, but no thanks. We have better ways to go about it.

    So again Joshua, you now have an idea of what ‘Progressives for Obama’ will be doing. So give us a summary of what you’ve accomplished, and what your plans are, and all that you’ve gained from boycotting all our activity.

    Carl Davidson

    http://carldavidson.blogspot.com

    http://progressivesforobama.blogspot.com

  • 2 Cecil Hayduke // Nov 1, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    FYI, the above is a spam response, posted to any blog that runs the Joshua Frank article. Just a warning to all who think that the “progressives” are going to leave us alone when they take power.

  • 3 Ray Estolano // Dec 5, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Go Obama!! Out of Iraq and into Afghanistan to get Bin Laden.

  • 4 Cecil Hayduke // Dec 5, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Lovely. More war! More hawks like Biden, Clinton, and Emmanuel. Change is so refreshing. When you get sick of Coke your only choice is Pepsi– don’t try water or tea.

  • 5 Ray Estolano // Dec 14, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    RayThere is sometimes a good reason to go to war. Iraq is a place we don’t need to be in. But, we do need to capture Bin Laden and disrupt Al Qaeda.

    Sometimes war is necessary. Disagree?

  • 6 cecil // Dec 15, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Yes. I disagree with you.

  • 7 Ray E. // Dec 15, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Ray
    So war is never necessary?

    How about on a personal level? If attacked, should we defend ourselves? Or do we retreat into a pacifist stance, holding our well eared copy of CHE?

    Resist Much. Think little? Generalize much?

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