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The Popular Front Didn't Work

Post, Charlie

Publisher:  Jacobin
Date Written:  17/10/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

The Communist Party's 1930s popular front strategy weakened the labour movement and empowered the Democratic Party, a strategy that would be even more destuctive to the socialist left today.


Excerpt: A new left is emerging in the United States. The explosive growth of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), which has now reached thirty thousand members, marks the rebirth of socialist politics and organization — one we have not seen since the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Today, we have an opportunity to build a democratically organized, multi-tendency political organization capable of popularizing socialism and training thousands of new radicals as political militants. The DSA’s expansion over the past few months represents the first time in over forty years that the emergence of a mass socialist organization has become a real possibility. This revival demands new discussions of strategy.


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