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The problem is, when the Democratic Party supported integration (leading LBJ to predict -accurately or perhaps optimistically - that the Democrats had lost the South for a generation) it did not tackle the issue of school finance and property taxes.  A leftist party might have taken this opportunity to propose a national or at least state-based educational finance system that did not promote economic apartheid.  All the Dems did was let the Courts order busing, while millions of northern whites fled to the suburbs, while southern whites fled to white academies, first, and then to white suburbs, later, when they were tired of paying private school tuition.

My point is that the Dems did not examine the class issues around school finance in order to find a position/solution that would benefit all working people everywhere.  They were content to stick with moralism - the moralism of anti-racism - precisely at the point where Martin Luther King had moved on to stress economic issues.

by cambridgemac on Mon Oct 31st, 2005 at 08:45:44 AM EST
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"Class" is a Marxian concept and for that reason will never make it to a mainstream American party's platform.

The systemic function of the Democratic Party is to keep leftists penned so they don't form their own party with a class message.

The Green Party is not left, it's green, and so it avoids class as an issue as well.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Oct 31st, 2005 at 08:51:19 AM EST
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Although I am doubtful, I still question your assertion that class will never make it to the mainstream as an issue -- it would take a different word, since the word "class" has been ruined.  

I agree with you that CLASS, not race, is the unmentionable in the United States.

by cambridgemac on Mon Oct 31st, 2005 at 08:56:10 AM EST
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