This is another post from my blog on the issues raised by the New York City DSA’s public criticism of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for saying she supports the Democratic candidates running with her in November.
I believe that from the point of view of a strictly Marxist analysis, she was right and the New York DSA leadership that approved the statement was wrong. The essence of it is this:
That’s the choice. We either accept the movement as it is as our starting point in order to help it go further, or we can stand on the sidelines shouting “correct” slogans at it.
And if we accept the movement as it is, it means accepting the tactic that Bernie pioneered in 2016, and that tactic of necessity implies going along with the results of the primary. We don’t have to actively campaign for the likes of Cuomo, but we have to understand that from where Ocasio Cortez is now situated, it makes sense for her to have said what she did even if we as the DSA would not have put out a statement like that.
Socialists are getting a much broader and more sympathetic audience by running as Democrats given this new motion among working people, but offering “critical support” to traditional Democrats is an inescapable part of the tactic. It is built into the situation.