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27963Re: Socialist electoral tactics and the SA and Tasmanian elections

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  • alanb1000
    Mar 20, 2006
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      grok@... wrote:
      > There's a REASON why votes cast for such socialist
      > candidates swing so wildly (and this is a very good example
      > above, isn't it?): these socialist groups make the
      > strategic, fundamental mistake of running those candidates
      > almost totally on the basis of seeking out some 'normative'
      > - -- easy -- acceptance of their candidate (forget about the
      > party line) in terms of [petit-]bourgeois standards of
      > prestige, 'electability', etc. This, in fact, is the idiot,
      > conniving, opportunist logic of social-democracy and
      > business unionism, which we've all (supposedly) grown to
      > know and loathe from bitter experience.

      Blah blah blah.

      We should be running candidates that are serious and respected
      activists ("agitators" in Gouldspeak). We shouldn't, generally
      speaking, be running candidates that are obscure non-entities.

      Candidates are not interchangeable. Indifference to this matter is an
      indicator that a campaign isn't being taken seriously, and is merely
      an exercise in going through the motions.

      Frankly, if you are doing something and not taking it seriously, you
      probably shouldn't be doing it at all.

      Sloppiness and amateurism is an unforgiveable sin in a socialist
      activist.
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