“… Even where there is no prospect of achieving their election the workers must put up their own candidates to preserve their independence, to gauge their own strength and to bring their revolutionary position and party standpoint to public attention.
They must not be led astray by the empty phrases of the democrats, who will maintain that the workers’ candidates will split the democratic party and offer the forces of reaction the chance of victory.
Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. Address Of The Central Authority To The (Communist) League, March 1850
If Karl Marx were alive to comment on the 2004 elections, I doubt he would change a single word of his comment of 154 years ago, except perhaps to capitalize the ‘d’. Indeed this election more than any other in recent memory exposes the empty, self-serving rhetoric of those alleged progressives who have formulated the latest cry of “lesser evil.”
From Election 2004: The ‘Left’ and the Democratic Party, No Dilemma for Socialists by Kevin Bishop, of the California Peace and Freedom Party.