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This is an excellent theoretical refutation of the anarchistic anti-Party post. But what seems necessary in any argument for a Party in the U.S. context is a discussion of the structure of the American state and the problems posed by that structure for the activity of building a Party. If the purpose of such building is to inaugurate the transition to post-capitalist society *through* the state, then theorizing the practical activity of Party-building requires a discussion of the basic structural characteristics of the U.S. state, in particular the reality that third-parties are excluded in plurality voting systems with single-member legislative districts. In other words, what needs to be addressed is the counterargument that what should rather be strived for is the unification of the Left under a non-Party independent political organization like the DSA.
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