Left Voice - November 17, 2020

The following talk was given at the Left Voice online event: “Fighting the Next Oppressor: Socialist Strategy Post Elections” on November 14. If you are interested in collaborating with Left Voice, sign up here.

When all is said and done, the 2020 Election will have lasted 1,258 days. That’s more than three years of campaigning, with close to $7 billion spent on the presidential race alone. In the end, we were asked to choose between two parties of imperialism, capitalism, and racism. At least 5 million more chose to support Biden, not because of any love for him or his policies, but because they hated Trump. And so now, it’s a waiting game until Trump is out of office. And I’m not sad to see him go. Trump is a racist and a war criminal who has brought nothing but attacks on the working class, people of color, and the most oppressed. But we should be very clear: this election is far from a victory for working people.

Biden is set to rule as a true-to-type neoliberal, with mass deportations, austerity, more defense of killer cops, and war on the Global South. This is the tragedy of the bipartisan system: as the health care system falls apart, millions are unemployed, a housing crisis threatens to explode, and student debt is reaching unheard-of levels, we are presented with Trump and Biden, two men with no solutions to any of these issues. And therefore, many supported the Democrats in the hopes that they will bring about some much-needed reforms. But all of the members of the Democratic Party, no matter how left they might appear, are going to be complicit in the coming attacks on the working class and oppressed under a Biden administration. Because that’s what Democrats do.

We need a party of our own because we can’t keep supporting our class enemies in hopes that this time, finally, things will turn out differently.

While much of the mainstream media painted the elections as a triumph of democracy, this election showed again that American Democracy is a farce. The Electoral College, not the popular vote, determines who wins. The Senate gives the smaller, whiter and more rural states a disproportionate amount of power. And widespread voter suppression keeps millions of young people, immigrants, and the formerly incarcerated from casting a vote.

This election doesn’t show the strength of American democracy but instead, its many failings. We must organize to fight not only Biden but the entire system of capitalist democracy, which is no democracy at all.

And let’s be clear, Trump may be gone but Trumpism wasn’t defeated. Trump received more votes in 2020 than he did four years ago. Meanwhile, several Trumpist Republicans were elected to Congress, including Madison Cawthorn, the Hitler fanboy, in North Carolina and Majorie Taylor Green, the QAnon supporter and anti-masker, in Georgia. ...
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