We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Most of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Se puede? Not by protest alone

by James Cooke Saturday, May. 06, 2006 at 4:37 AM
jc26cooke@yahoo.com

It only took a day for the effect of the immigration protests to be known. On May 2nd politicians from both parties gave a wealth of interviews and speeches that clarified their positions: nothing had changed. In fact, many had remarked that the protest had a ‘backlash effect’, hardening and inflaming the already conservative opinions of Republicans, while dulling the already flimsy stance of Democrats. Trent Lott, in speaking for many on the right, implied that a massive deportation sweep during the protests would have been appropriate, given that “we had ‘em all in a bunch”. On the other side of the isle, Diane Feinstein gave a more passive response to the protests, representing the unaffected character of most Democrats to the millions who appeared in the streets; the passionate outcry from the masses was referred to as ‘counterproductive’, since protesting does not “changes votes on the floor of the senate”— the latter point is certainly true, becoming more obvious as pro-immigration and anti-war protests continue to draw millions, but fall onto deaf ears in Congress. Demonstrations, boycotts, protests, or any other indication of public opinion has proven unable to sway the actions of either party. The façade of the two-party system is unveiling itself with impressive speed as social tensions near the boiling point.


The current movement for immigration rights has become more powerful and militant than the civil rights movement of the 60’s, but is in danger of suffering a similar fate. Politicians took a divide and conquer approach to the African American problem that resulted in a new, tiny layer of middle-class black professionals. The rest were left leaderless and in squalor. The more probable resolution of the ‘immigration debate’ will result in a ‘two-tiered’ approach as well, making citizens of the immigrants who have been here the longest— including most of the current leaders of the movement. The most vulnerable of the immigrants will continue living lives of exploitation and fear, facing deportation each time a prominent politician wants to take a ‘tough-stance’ position on the subject.

A certain result is that the more ‘radical’ of the demands of the movement, especially the insistence on ‘full rights’ for all immigrants, will never materialize under the current context. At this juncture, the racist dimensions of the debate are becoming an important base of support for an alienated class of elites, finding itself in an ever-deepening crisis. The once solid foundation of unity among conservatives has begun to splinter, due to worries about a crumbling economy, the debacle in Iraq, and repeated political controversies. Anti-immigration rhetoric is a desperate rallying cry that will increase with intensity as the crises continues, hoping to divert attention away from the largely bipartisan, antidemocratic polices in Washington. This is why few Democrats are capitalizing on the controversial issue propounded by Republicans, they benefit equally from all the commotion that the immigrant fear-mongering has created.

Obscured by all the rhetoric is that broad layers of society have no political outlet for their concerns. There is a seething anger in many who have been shocked by a militarized foreign and domestic policy. Both parties are unwilling to backtrack on their current course, able only to offer repeated rationalizations for a profit-gauging globalization and an illegal, preventive war doctrine. As inflation and gas-prices create havoc for millions of working families, no party is advocating nationalization or any other form of sustained relief. Neither party is advancing any policy that will have a positive effect for the majority of the population; oil companies, war-manufacturers, and business in general continue to be the sole beneficiaries under the current arrangement.

It’s time for anyone considering themselves liberal, progressive, or ‘left’ to abandon the Democratic Party for good; they cannot be reformed, fixed, or persuaded. Their continued silence amid the gross crimes of the Bush administration is equal to complicity. The ‘anybody but Bush slogan’ has been proven futile, as there is no indication that a strategy by Democrats would be any different than that of Bush’s, minus the much-touted blathering about ‘tactics’.

An independent working class political party is of the utmost necessity. Only a party uncorrupted by business can express the desires of the pro-immigrant and anti-war groups, as well as the sections of society that suffer under the continual assault on living standards by corporations. An independent party is needed to erase tax-cuts for the rich (enabling Social Security and Medicare to remain fully funded), immediately withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan, nationalize the energy and health-care systems, and divert the obscene amount of money away from militarization towards social services; these policies seem radical or even insane from our ‘representatives’ point of view, but the average American would support them unreservedly.

Although the Green Party seems like the logical alternative for a political party, a closer examination will prove the contrary. The Green party’s ambiguous progressive principles become jelly-like when challenged by a crisis in the profit-system. In Germany, the Green Party has lost complete credibility; it continues to cooperate with right-wing sections of the government in attacking the living standards of the average citizen, though all hope should have been abandoned when it enthusiastically supported the imperialistic bombing of Yugoslavia. Because the Green Party accepts the profit-system as inevitable, it is subject to the unpredictable fluctuations of the market; in times of economic crises, abstract principles like ‘social justice’ become quickly molded into something exploitable by corporations. Any party that does not have a firm ideological stance in favor of the interests of workers as opposed to business will find itself subtly compromised until the differences between parties are as hard to separate as Republicans and Democrats.

A socialist approach remains the sole political perspective capable of defending the rights of workers during this especially turbulent time in world economy. Not since the 30’s have workers faced such a zealous attack on their living standards, something that has now become popular doctrine among politicians and economists alike. The motto is clear: workers must make sacrifices. Few mainstream analysts however, are suggesting that CEO’s and share-holders sacrifice any of the immense wealth they are accumulating. This is exactly the ‘radical’ demands that socialists are making. In a political climate becoming increasingly reactionary, the slogans of socialists are starting to resemble good common-sense.

Crucial to a dependable political party is its unbending subservience to the interests of the working class; thus far, no non-socialist political party will even recognize the existence of ‘class’ in American society; such an obscurantist approach is not accidental, and highlights the hidden-interests of the parties in question. Class does exist. There are rich and poor, owners and workers— there is Bill Gates and there are the homeless. Any political party that attempts to gloss over this grossest aspect of our economic system hints at having a vested interest in the current arrangement.

The act of creating an independent party is hard work, but an absolutely necessary task. If no political alternative is available for the vast energy of the current protest movement, the power of the masses will be inexorably lead into dead-ends; a worse case scenario could see the movement evolve into aimless riots that end in state repression. The movement for immigrant rights has reached an important juncture: their goal was to apply political pressure in hopes of a legislative change. This has failed. The best that can be hoped for under current circumstances is a racist ‘compromise’ bill. The mainstream political parties must be abandoned at once, and a party with socialist principles must be sought. At this stage, the Socialist Equality Party appears most capable in addressing the real issues of the workers movement on an international level. Their program can be read at www.wsws.org.



Other reputable socialist organizations are:

Freedom Socialist Party – www.socialism.com

International Socialist Organization (ISO) – www.internationalsocialist.org

International Marxist Tendency – www.marxist.com
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Woolsey Fire: Worst News of 2018? J01 12:18AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 4:03AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 3:58AM

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Presents Night for Hope O30 5:38PM

Marshall Tuck’s racist dog whistle O27 5:01AM

Marshall Tuck’s ethnocentrism contradicts Californian values O27 4:32AM

Contra Costa-Hawkins O25 3:48AM

Debunking Some Anti-Prop 10 Propaganda O12 6:56AM

Why Should California Choose De Leon Over Feinstein? O10 9:55PM

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Paraphysique de proxémie guerrière J18 7:59AM

MACROTHSCHILD J17 9:38PM

FARCELONA 8.17.2017 J17 3:23PM

DEAD MAN LIVING J17 10:46AM

DIARY OF A CON MAN J16 10:40PM

PR Debt Cancel, Judge Reviews Cofina Debt J16 9:04PM

Réseautage, fragmentation du capital J16 4:20PM

Paraphysique de manipulation mentale et sociale J15 9:51AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

Markets as a Fetish, Globalization, and Dissent Management J14 1:03PM

State Debts - The Primal German Fear J13 5:09PM

Sans liberté, sans égalité, sans fraternité J13 8:09AM

From Progressive Neoliberalism to Trump - and Beyond J12 9:22PM

Copper Cures Cancer J11 1:42PM

Steven Taylor, Investor who Evicts J11 9:24AM

Du sectarisme, des sectes, des clans J11 8:10AM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen J10 6:34PM

Patrick Kilpatrick discusses and signs Dying for Living J09 11:51PM

SexActs vs Sexuality USA 2018 Invitations to Power Marriages without Affection J09 8:36PM

Changer de mentalité, changer de société J09 9:17AM

Teacher Strike? Time for Labor Studies J09 6:26AM

December 2018 Honduras Coup Update J08 10:12PM

Paraphysique de la désespérance J07 9:38AM

The Unification Church with Rev Moon is in La and Orange Counnties J07 9:07AM

Time to Start Imagineering a Post-Ayatollah Iran J05 10:00PM

L'écomorphisme, du culturel et du temporel J05 10:33AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy