Why WWP, CofC and ISO are not for a victory of the left on the Nov. 4 SF Mayoral Election
- FRONTLINES, the newspaper of the Left
Why are the CP, CofC, ISO and WWP not supporting a left victory in the
SF Mayoral election?
And what the heck does that alphabet soup mean, anyway?
By Gina Alvarez
The location of the story is San Francisco. The unfolding story line
provides the possibility that Green and broad left Mayoral candidate
Matt Gonzalez might win what would be a stunning victory for the left
nationally: capture the Mayoralty of one of the large urban and
political centers of the country.
Now, about the characters. Let's explain the acronyms for those
unfamiliar with these organizations. CP=Communist Party, a shadow of its
former Stalinist self; CofC = Committees of Correspondence, a social
democratic split from the CP, still practicing good Stalinist
lesser-evilism politics; ISO = International Socialist Organization, a
mostly student-based left wing group; WWP = Workers World Party, mostly
known for its work in ANSWER as organizers of antiwar activities.
The plot: in spite of the claims of all these organizations to represent
the "left," they are either abstaining from which could constitute one
of the fundamental struggles of the US left in the last period (ISO) or
overtly and actively opposing the left represented by the candidacy of
Matt Gonzalez (CP, CofC) or claiming "neutrality" in the race (WWP)
while helping the Democrats under the table.
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