Why Workers Need a Labor Party
There are many workers who voted for the Democrats because they hoped they would bring about reforms such as universal health care, job creation, stronger unions and an end to the wars in the Middle East. Many are already disappointed as the Democrats basically continue Bush’s policies, with a few cosmetic changes. Many workers would like there to be an alternative to the political parties of big business but don’t see how this would be possible. The WIL would like to address a few questions that often come up in discussions regarding our call for the unions to break with the Democrats and build a mass labor party.
We believe that given the crisis of capitalism both in the USA and on a world scale, the big business parties have no choice but to continue the attacks and try to further drive down our standard of living. The effects of the economic crisis are not going away anytime soon. Things are not going to go back to the “good old days” of the 1950s and 1960s. This is the “new normality.” This is what life will be like for the majority from here on out. Therefore, working people have nowhere else to go. Labor must eventually build its own party, and the sooner this is done the better.
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