Sunday, December 11, 2011

New Party to Organize?

Just heard about this thing, called the Justice Party, here.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, December 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM, a diverse group of courageous citizens will announce the formation the Justice Party, which is envisioned as a major new political party for decades to come. The Justice Party seeks governing authority at the local, state, Congressional and national levels, beginning in the 2012 election cycle. The Justice Party is being created as a new 21st -century political vehicle to allow all citizens to work together to bring innovative results-oriented, justice-based solutions to the political debate as soon as possible.

Rocky Anderson, the former Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, will deliver an address explaining with the Justice Party is needed at this critical juncture in U.S. history to rapidly achieve economic, social, and environmental justice.

Might fizzle into nothing. Probably will. But there's a chance it might not. I hope it does accomplish something good, and in general we should see citizens' attempts to form independent and genuinely oppositional counter institutions to the bankrupt "Democrat" and "Repbulican" parties as good things.

In the discussion it was said, "we already have politicial partys socialist communist what more do we need?"

And as I responded,


The existing "socialist" and "communist" parties in the US are very small and generally irrelevant to most people. What a new mass party would represent would be an entrance of masses of people into the political arena in an attempt to fight for themselves politically. These same masses of people are not quite at the intellectual or ideological level of the previously organized "socialist" and other left groupings, for better and for worse. Sure they'll make mistakes and not have the "correct" politics. But that is how you learn, by trying. The best thing socialists and other radicals can do is to be part of those conversations with our learning, grappling people- and NOT to lecture them from the side lines about how right such and such a party has been all along and how it's time people adopt its unfamiliar dogma and obediently fall in line to recognize their patient saviors.

Let's see what happens

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