The Workerâ€™s Left Front (PO, PTS and IS) has just won a seat in the legislative elections in NeuquÃ©n province with more than 10, 400 votes â€“ close to 4%Â , theÂ highest turnoutÂ at regional level. The Left Frontâ€™s first elected deputy Alejandro LÃ³pez, a ceramist worker and unionist, will be replaced by other members of the electoral alliance within a year. Furthermore, LÃ³pez will earn the same wage he earned as a worker and will donate the rest to labor and popular struggles.
LÃ³pez was part of the struggle that led workers to occupy factories ten years ago. This recent electoral gain for the Left Front is an unprecedented event in Argentina that shows how unity can strengthen the left.
There are many lessons to be drawn for the revolutionary left. We in Socialist CoreÂ do not want to create false illusionsÂ by encouraging people to vote for either broad party formations–such as the NPA in France–Â or third parties such as the Greens in the USÂ whose goal isÂ to reform the system and leave it at that. Neither do we want to support so-called “progressive”Â governments like those in Venezuela and Bolivia â€“ countries whose sovereignty we defend against any imperialist attack. However, these â€œprogressiveâ€Â governmentsÂ exploit workers by siding with the employers and criminalizing social protests. What we need, in fact,Â isÂ our ownÂ political alternative that isÂ socialist, working class and internationalist in character. In the end, we wantÂ to build anÂ instrument of the working class that is politically independent from bourgeois politicians in every sense of the word.
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