Democratic Party function of co-opting dissent no longer operational

Peter Camejo‘s Avocado Declaration is relevant yet again. A primary function of the Democratic Party is to channel genuine dissent into the party where it is rendered harmless – as it simultaneously pretends not to be co-joined with the Republicans as a party of capital.

This game plan has worked admirably for the Democratic Party for many decades. It’s one of the things that destroyed the Populist Party in the 1890’s, which split over whether accommodation could be made with the Democrats because, y’know, the Democrats would welcome their populist ideas, right? That was before the Democratic Party double-crossed them, knifing them in the back.

But after last night, it seems that strategy isn’t working any more. You just can’t promise radiant rainbows of hope and changiness then shovel billions as fast as you can to the banksters. Or present a bucket of slop like the health care bill as genuine reform.