Carl Davidson (an occasional visitor to this site)is a leader of the (CCDS)-an offshoot of the Communist Party USA.
Carl’s favorite politicians are Barack Obama and Fidel Castro.
Here’s an interesting letter Carl wrote to the CPUSA’s latest People’s Weekly World.
Interesting because of Carl’s contention that Obama’s road to socialism will include allies from the world of big business.
Also for the claimed “current alliance with Obama” to “isolate and defeat the right“.
Carl’s words are not idle. CCDS and CPUSA can rightly claim a lot of credit for Obama’s election victory. Carl personally helped smooth the way for Obama’s ascent to the political peak.
Re “Obama, reform and role of left”:
I basically agree with this, save for a few nuances.
The left has a role as an active and militant minority, even as a large minority, on some issues. Getting out of Afghanistan is one. It has an educational role in helping minorities around a just cause become solid majorities.
I also have a problem with “anti-corporate.” I prefer to segment the business world along the “high road, low road” lines that are gaining wider use. One reason is that the “more advanced” structural reforms you mention can and will likely include high-road allies that are incorporated, even major ones. Low-road financial capital is the heart of the immediate problem.
But you’re right to target the far right and their unreconstructed neoliberal allies, while keeping clarity on our current alliance with Obama and other center-left forces to isolate and defeat the right.
Americans are dealing with a new left today.
A left that accepts that big business will be around for awhile and can be co-opted to the socialist cause.
A left that is not afraid to call the President of the united States of America its ally.