Last time we wrote about Mr. Nick Cohen in our blog was on 24th May 2015, in our blog post No. 510. Click here to have a look at post No. 510 at this blog . At that time, we were discussing about the Indian oligarchs eager to buy posh and prime properties in London. This time, here is a need to compare American Socialist Bernie Sanders, British Labor Leader Jeremy Corbyn, and the European past of Communism of the days of Stalin and Trotsky. Mr. Cohen did it quite effectively and impressively in his article titled "LEFT HAS A HISTORY OF FOOLISHNESS" in Spectator, dated 30th July 2016. I have given below the link to this Spectator's article, for our readers to study. I am not going to rediscover or reinvent what Mr. Cohen has done so convincingly and penetratingly.
Being the largest democracy in the world, howsoever badly the so-called democracy survives in India, being one of the citizens of the poorest country in this world (this truth most Indians do not admit), I am tempted to fantasize about the future of Left in India, and explain how relevant one quote of Mr. Cohen in his article is, for our experience with the Left Parties in India. Conversely, if Indian Left Parties can rebuild themselves and succeed, that success will definitely serve as a model to the Euro, British, American, and probably even for Chinese People, not to write of the African Peoples, and the South American Peoples. (Peoples, as plural= in the meaning of Nations).
Click here to study Mr. Nick Cohen's Article at Spectator.
First we shall take up the quote given in the above image:--
"...Unfortunately, his real world was not the world his supporters lived in. They had believed Sanders when he said Clinton was a Wall Street puppet and were not going to stop believing him just because the danger of a mentally unstable and instinctively authoritarian President Trump entering the White House had forced Sanders to sober up. Clinton’s name produced boos. Trump’s brought shrugs. For them, there remained no difference between the two, and it did not matter who won. ..."
For the benefit of my Telugu readers, I provide an approx. Telugu translation of the above quote: "...దురదృష్టవశాత్తూ, ఆయన (బెర్నీ సాండర్సు గారి) వాస్తవ ప్రపంచము, ఆయన మద్దతు దారులు, జీవించే ప్రపంచము ఒకటి కాదు. 'హిల్లరీ క్లింటన్ గారు వాల్ స్ట్రీట్ యొక్క (భారత్ లో దలాల్ స్ట్రీట్ మరియు ఎన్ .ఎస్.యీ గారి మామగారు) తోలుబొమ్మ (పప్పెట్)' అని చెప్పినప్పుడు, ఆయన మద్దతుదారులు దానిని నమ్మారు. నేడు, మానసికంగా స్థిమితం లేని, సహజ స్వభావంచేతనే నియంతృత్వ స్వభావం కలిగిన అధ్యక్షుడుగా ట్రంప్ గారు వైట్ హౌస్ లోకి ప్రవేశించే అపాయం ఉంది కాబట్టి, ఇపుడు శాండర్సుగారు మెత్తపడ్డారు కాబట్టి, మద్దతుదారులు కూడ సాండర్సుగారు ఇంతవరకు చెప్పినదానిని నమ్మటం ఆపరు. (అంటే, హిల్లరీ క్లింటన్ గారు వాల్ స్ట్రీట్ తోలుబొమ్మ అనే విషయాన్ని నమ్మటం మానరు అని భావం). (సాండర్సు గారు) క్లింటన్ గారి పేరు చెప్పినపుడు, ఆయన మద్దతు దారులు బూ చేసారు (ఎగతాళిగా అరిచారు). (సాండర్సుగారు) ట్రంపుగారి పేరు చెప్పినపుడు, భుజాలు ఊపారు. వాళ్ళ దృష్టిలో, ఇద్దరి మధ్య (ట్రంపు, హిలరీ క్లింటన్) తేడా లేదు. ఎవరు గెలిచారు అనేదానికి పట్టింపు లేదు. ..."
ybrao-a-donkey's humble comments. वैबीराव एक गधे के विनम्र राय . వైబీరావ్ గాడిద వినమ్ర వాణి. You have every right to differ with me. I respect your right. आपको मेरे मत से भिन्न राय रखने के संपूर्ण हक है। मै उस अधिकार को परिपूर्ण रूप से गौरव देता हुँ. మీకు, మీ భిన్నమైన అభిప్రాయాన్ని కలిగిఉండే సంపూర్ణ హక్కు ఉంది. దానిని ఎంతో నేను గౌరవిస్తాను. However, pl. examine this donkey's views also. परन्तु एस गधे के दृष्टिकोण को भी अनुशीलन कीजिये. కానీ ఈ గాడిద దృష్టికోణాన్ని కూడ ఓర చూపుతో కంటజూడుమీ, క్రీగంట జూడమీ.
Mr. Bernie Sanders, if he were a true socialist, he ought not to have joined the Democratic Party in United States, which is a bourgeoisie Party.
I am tempted to use a cliche like simile here: A cuckoo cannot sing like a cuckoo, when it is in the party of crows. Initially, crows may allow the cuckoo for a little time to melody like a cuckoo, but eventually the cuckoo will be forced to caw like a crow.
In management science lingo, this can probably called SOCIALISATION. If a newly admitted an employee / Manager in an organisation refuses to get SOCIALISED and undergo the METAMORPHOSIS, there will be EXTERMINATION and OSTRACIZATION.
Now, let us see the predicament of Mr. Sanders. He gave repeated messages to his supporters that Ms. Clinton is a puppet of Wall Street. By and large, it is true also. At the same time, Mr. Sanders ought to have kept in mind that Mr. Trump is also a puppet of the same Wall Street.
Is Mr. Trump a larger puppet, and Ms. Clinton a smaller puppet?
Are there any differences in magnitude and direction between the two? Answer for this can be : Appearances can, sometimes, be deceptive. Ms. Clinton may appear as polished and refined. Mr. Trump may appear as roguish and rubbish. But is there real difference between them? Is that difference so large, so wide, so deep, that Mr. Sanders has to give a call to his supporters to support Ms. Clinton, knowing pretty well that she is a puppet of Wall Street? This shift also gives us another grammatical example of degrees of comparison: Mr. Sanders is a big puppet, Ms. Clinton is a bigger pupper, and Mr. Trump is the biggest puppet!
COMPARISON OF ABOVE SANDERS BEHAVIOR , WITH THE INDIAN LEFTIST BEHAVIORS
The main Communist parties in India are 1. CPI (Communist Parties of India). 2. CPIM (Communist Party of India-Marxist), also called CPM. Both these parties are facing identify crises, notwithstanding their win in 2016 Kerala Assembly Elections, (Kerala=Southwest State of India on the coast of Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean).
Just as Sanders was compelled by his Democratic Party peers (or probably on his own volition) to ask his supporters to TRANSFER their support to Ms. Clinton, with an ostensible objective of preventing Trump entering the White House, Indian Communist Parties have an ostensible objective of preventing Communal Forces (in their view BJP Party)from capturing power in India.
Left parties in India, particularly CPM maintained that it wanted to stay at an equi-distance both from Congress and BJP. That stand was logically correct, because BJP has earned a bad name for enflaming majority communalism, whereas Congress Party tacitly pampered minority communalism. Indian Left Parties if they are truly committed to complete socialism, cannot enter into electoral alliances with bourgeoisie parties. In 2016 Bengal Elections, CPM tried to gather some votes by entering to electoral adjustments with Congress. While Congress benefited from it, CPM paid the price for it.
WHAT IS THE LESSON FROM ALL THIS WHETHER IN INDIA, UK OR USA?
Supporters and Voters are not puppets. Leftist Parties and Truly Socialist Parties have to realise this. The difference between the supporters of bourgeoisie parties and the socialist parties is: Supporters of Socialism become socialists because they have analytical abilities, because they have strong convictions, because they have had in their lives bitter experiences inflicted by Capitalism. Their shift in favour of True Socialism becomes rather indelible and nearly unalterable . Hence, they are not TRANSFERABLE like cheques and drafts, by endorsement and delivery.
WHAT MAY BE THE RIGHT OPTION FOR MR. SANDERS, AND THE TRUE SOCIALISTS IN US?
They have to start a NEW SOCIALIST PARTY in United States, build a truly socialist movement, and get ready for 2020. This is going to be difficult. But where is the choice? Mr. Sanders, or True Socialists, cannot hijack Democratic Party or Republican Party!
WHAT OPTIONS WE CAN THINK OF FOR SUPPORTERS OF TRUE SOCIALISM IN BRITISH LABOR PARTY?
In my mother tongue Telugu language there is a word 'nEti bIrakAya'. It refers to the vegetable a gourd, akin to rugged gourd (Telugu bIra kAya) family. nEti bIrakAya refers to a gourd with CLARIFIED BUTTER. Though nEti bIra kAya is a rare and tasty vegetable, gullible persons may believe that it also contains CLARIFIED BUTTER. British Labor Party, does not contain LABOR. Chinese Communist Party does not contain COMMUNISM.
In this world, especially the Capitalist World, the hard and harsh reality is PACKING CONCEALS THE TRUE NATURE. Actual goods do not conform to their Label. Whereever samples are used, merchandise actually delivered do not conform to samples. Everywhere, only tokenism prevails. In other words, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. True supporters of Working Class in U.K. may have to start a new Labor Party, with some other name, and start afresh.
To continue. सशेष. ఇంకా ఉంది.