Clave and the Election Campaign

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Author(s) Leon Trotsky
Written 1 January 1939


[Writings of Leon Trotsky, Vol 11, 1938-1938, New York ²1974, p. 176]



Some of our readers have asked about the position of our magazine on the presidential election campaign. We reply: Our magazine does not take part in electoral campaigns. Naturally, this is not due to an anarchist prejudice against participation in politics. More than once we have seen where this prejudice leads — in France, in Spain, and in Mexico itself. No. We are for the fullest participation of the workers in politics. But we are for independent participation. At the present time in Mexico there is no workers' party, no trade union that is in the process of developing independent class politics and that is able to launch an independent candidate. Under these conditions, our only possible course of action is to limit ourselves to Marxist propaganda and to the preparation of a future independent party of the Mexican proletariat.