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(Forwarded from Anthony Brain.)

I have just read an article by Guardian journalist Gary Younge of a major radicalisation within America which large layers of workers and middle class elements prepared to fight to what they perceive as some form of Socialism. I would not be in favour of voting if these socialists run for any capitalist party, including the Democratic Party. If they run as independent socialists or for a working class party, American Trotskyists should call for a critical vote for them. Even if they are running for the Democratic Party American Trotskyists should demand they break from that party so an effective fight can be waged against capitalism. As Trotskyists we patiently explain why we do not vote for any candidate within a capitalist party. This will be tested to be proven correct as the masses go through further experiences with liberal capitalist politics and those Social Democrats subordinating themselves to these liberal capitalists!

The election of these socialists has been going on for two years according to Younge! Why mention it all off a sudden in a major article? Are the liberal capitalists laying the basis for Corbyn to be Prime Minister in the next few days? Younge also mentions that layers of the Jewish middle class are radicalising with them looking to pre-World War 2 Socialism which rejects Zionism. Are the capitalists worried these layers among others could re-generate Trotskyism and see the pre-Jack Barnes American Socialist Workers Party politics in America and globally re-emerge even bigger than 1928-19811?

American Trotskyist George Novack in his book “Understanding History” quoted Lenin’s letters from afar as an example of the law and Uneven and combined development in contrasting the February and October 1917 revolutions. Lenin argued the February revolution was brought about by a mass upheaval and a layer of the ruling class utilising it to get rid of the circle around Nicolas II and Tsarina Alexandra. By the time of the October 1917 Russian Socialist revolution it became clearer class versus class, rather than combination of classes! By Lenin and Trotsky implementing the programme; principles; strategies; and tactical application of Permanent Revolution managed to lead the first successful socialist revolution.

British Trotskyists have to maintain our principles of calling for a minority Labour government and oppose any coalition with capitalist parties or any capitalist minister joining. Corbyn so far resisted these pressures. Liberal capitalists are piling the maximum pressure for a coalition government. What happens if there is going to be a minority labour government or a coalition government could be in the balance in the next few days!

If there is a Labour minority government or Labour wins a parliamentary majority through a general election, Trotskyists should critically support workers rights from day one of starting work; for a free and comprehensive national educational service from nursery to university; nationalisation of Royal Mail; railways; and utiliies (gas; electricity; and water). The purpose of a coalition government would be to block a lot of these necessary reforms, which run counter to essential measures if millions of workers and sizable middle class layers are going to survive! As Trotskyists we would intervene in these class battles to show the masses in practice why you need the overthrow of capitalism to carry out these measures consistently. This will help defeat those reformists who not want to seriously challenge capitalism.

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