Comrade Neftali, who has written for this blog before, wrote a piece On Elections for the Signalfire blog last year as the U.S. Presidential elections approached. We are re-posting the last section here, as it becomes highly relevant in the light of the Supreme Court of the USA‘s nefarious gutting of one of the last remaining legal protections for non-white citizens left in the USA – that is, one of the last remaining victories of the Civil Rights movement.
Within the united states the bourgeois electoral system is fundamentally different than those of the parliamentary order, the US system grounds the body politic under a stronger regime of the leadership of capital and provides for greater stability for capital in carrying forward the economic intercourse of a free market society. Moreover this regime unites with white reactionary petty bourgeois class forces in, historically and into today, in disenfranchising citizens (particularly African-American and Latino voters). This occurs in many swing states and particularly through the sunbelt and rust-belt through gerrymandering or voter suppression. It is of course long part of the history of white supremacist rule and the continuation of national oppression and it can’t fundamentally be ignored.
Communists must fight for the political rights of the oppressed and expose the character of the state at work, why it must continually imprison those people in oppressed nationality communities and internal colonies. However such terrain is of course at issue because fundamentally the work of the Left here in many respects can be ultimately rerouted under the liberal bourgeoisie. Ultimately many left opportunists ignore these political questions precisely because the very matter draws them from their philistine posturing into the concrete of one of the many manifestations of national oppression as it is conducted in the United States. Continue reading