With the US Presidential election now in its final week of campaigning, I thought I would make a couple of more plugs for the Socialist Party USA, the Party that this blog is proudly endorsing for the election.
With the continued present crisis of world capitalism, and the ongoing occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq (not to mention yesterdays incursion into Syria), it is increasingly apparent that the spectre of socialism is again haunting capitalism, with increasing numbers of people beginning to question the legitimacy of the capitalist world order. People througout the former Soviet Union are increasingly rejecting capitalist restoration, condemning the last two decades as Katastroika and turning away from both Stalinism annd capitalism. People throughout the West are wondering what happened to the glorious ‘new world order’ they were promised with their victory over the Soviets in the Cold War. Greater and greater numbers are criticising the ‘socialism for the rich’ represented by the capitalist bail-out attempts.
The question will be whether the Parties of the Left are able to capitalise on these developments, or will the extreme Right instead benefit from them?
Add to this the US Republican Party has thrust the concept of socialism back onto the national consciousness of the US people. One almost wonders how desparate they have become in their wilful misrepresentation of the capitalist Democratic Party. While this tactic may harden their support amongst some still suffering from hangovers from Cold War propaganda, it is equally having the effect of bringing socialist politics back into the mainstream of US political debate. Socialism has a long and rich history in the US, being amongst other things the origin of International Workers Day on May 1st.
While it is unlikely that the Socialist Party USA will emerge as the victorious candidates a week from now, it is likely that they, and socialism itself, will prove to be of increasing relevance over the immediate period to come.
On that note, here is an interview with al-Jazeera discussing the SP-USA and 3rd Parties in the US presidential election, and here is an article with the (Floridian) St. Petersburg Times concerning the misrepresentation of the Democrats as socialists.