Democratic rights are precious products of the class struggle, but we’re constantly forced to choose between the lesser evil of two parties competing to uphold the capitalist class. Abstaining from elections is a strategy that ignores the struggle for voting rights, but history has shown us that the all of our major gains have come not from voting in the better of two bad candidates, but from organizing the working class and collective action from below.
What does a Marxist approach to elections really look like?
Even when there is no prospect whatever of their being elected, the workers must put up their own candidates in order to preserve their independence, to count their forces and to lay before the public their revolutionary attitude and party standpoint. In this connection they must not allow themselves to be bribed by such arguments of the democrats as, for example, that by doing so they are splitting the democratic party and giving the reactionaries the possibility of victory. The ultimate purpose of all such phrases is to dupe the proletariat. – Marx
The meeting will be at The Graduate Center, CUNY.
You do not need to be a CUNY student or alumni – just bring some kind of ID for the front desk to sign in.