Alt-Black.com has issued this thought paper, Black Nationalism, Electoral Politics and Strategy to recommend Black Nationalist forces consider a strategic re-entry into the elections process.
We do so cognizant that revolution--one class overthrowing another, and oppressed nations vanquishing imperial overlords--cannot be achieved at the ballot box any more than capitalism can peacefully evolve into socialism. Nevertheless, Alt-Black.com has adopted this position because the gathering confluence of events dictate that Black Nationalists committed to creating a nation-state need to deviate from the conventions of 20th Century left and nationalist doctrines. This proposal for engagement doesn't contemplate creating Black Nationalist political parties to participate in elections. Its scope rejects running presidential or congressional candidates for office as well. As for rationalizing endorsements of the "most progressive" Democratic presidential primary candidate or endorsing the 2020 Democrat Party nominee to stop Trump's "fascist regime," perish the thought. What Black Nationalists are being asked to consider is advocating for the creation of radical economic and social cooperatives, owned and directed by Black working class and low-income communities as transitional organs of power. This initiative seeks to accelerate building the machinery of the Black independence movement as preparation for nationhood. Popularizing and developing these alternative eco-social cooperatives is critical now to countering ongoing designs to spatially isolate and transform concentrated Black population centers into urban deserts. It's no coincidence that major cities have lost almost 1.5 million Black residents since 2000. As American capitalism spirals into crisis, welfare recipients, pensioners, veterans, public sector workers, working class and lower income people are increasingly being subjected to depressed wages and benefits cuts. This isn't going to stop. Thus, a valid question arises; Can the Darker Nation provide its most vulnerable access to heathy food, health care services, decent affordable housing, and meaningful employment? Do we have a choice?
Yes, the Darker Nation can sustain a substantial number of its most vulnerable people, even under the severe constraints of America's. It's already happening and we have a Black Nationalist inspired mode. But before addressing the path forward it's imperative that we understand why the impending crisis is not just economic, and why we have no choice but to seek an exit strategy. The paramount issue is the Darker Nation's relationship to American Empire. In his article, "Strategy of Cooperation Jackson," Kali Akuno characterized the Darker Nation's relationship with "The Cathedral" this way; "There is one aim that we have above all others, and that is to counter the escalating threat of disposability confronting the Black working class. The U.S. economy no longer needs the labor power of the Black working class, and as a result the Black working class constitutes a growing problem for the economic and social order of the empire, a problem in need of a solution. Once the driving force behind the U.S. economy, constituting (as chattel) and producing over half of the country's wealth during the antebellum period, the Black working class is now a surplus population, one confronting ever greater levels of exploitation, precariousness, and material desperation as a direct result of the processes and forces of globalization and automation. To deal with the crisis of Black labor redundancy the U.S. ruling class has responded by creating a multipronged strategy of limited incorporation, counterinsurgency, and mass containment. This three-pronged strategy exhausted itself by the mid-2000 as a core dynamic of it became increasingly unprofitable and therefore unsustainable. The capitalist system is demonstrating, day by day, that it no longer possesses the capacity to absorb dislocated and displaced populations into productive endeavors. When the capitalist system can't expand and absorb it must preserve itself by shifting toward "correction and contraction"--excluding and if necessary disposing of all the surpluses that cannot be absorbed or consumed at a profit. We are now clearly in an era of correction and contradiction that will have genocidal consequences for the surplus populations of the world if left unaddressed. The Black working class is now confronting this genocidal threat."
Politicians spin, ministers pray for divine intervention, clairvoyants read tea leaves; Black Nationalists must deal with reality. We must speak truthfully to our communities. Embracing alternative cooperative movements
To stabilize Black communities by deploying anti-gentrification strategies. To resist corporate encroachments.
Running on a platform of immediate withdrawal from Vietnam and support of the Black liberation movement. Eldridge Cleaver can present the only electoral challenge to the discreditable politics of Nixon, Humphrey, and Wallace.
We see the value of a Cleaver campaign as manifold. A well funded and well publicized campaign will illuminate the inadequacy of establishment politics. It will articulate demands that scarcely have an opportunity to arise within the establishment arena. It will build both critique and demands into a firm, broad, and permanent political formation.m, Much of the NBIPP’s language was taken from the same concepts enacted by the aforementioned Black Power Movement and Pan-Africanist leaders. The group has been studied as an example of how the fight for equal rights among Blacks has evolved over the decades.
The NBIPP disbanded after just six years with little in the way of explanation toa the question is what should we be doing now to convert the coming existential crisis into a winning strategy to create a Black nation-state? question has vexed revolutionary movements for decades. In most cases, they failed. The consequences of being dogmatic around a political line was the halted potential of building mass bases that could contend for power on the basis of political program.
To draw millions more people into a movement for socialism, and an opening to bring socialism back into the mainstream from the periphery.
Searching for strategies to build a new left with many tendencies, working in coordination while still maintaining whatever independence we feel is necessary. The left acts as if millions of people don't use elections as a vehicle to express the future they want to see and ridicules the iidea that power is partially expressed through decision making and short of armed struggle, have little to no chance of taking power in the United States without somehow engaging in electoral organizing strategies. Elections represent a contest between two sides of the same coin; that there is no fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans who represent the interests of the capitalist class. The other position justifies "tactically" supporting one side or the other to secure an immediate outcome that's critical to advance the long-term revolutionary goal. We've seen this scenario before. In 1968, the anti-war left was willing to Robert Kennedy to end the conflict in Vietnam.