Thank you Gene Debs,
You are completely right, for the SHORT term. But eventually, we should aim for your namesake’s ultimate goal, which is to create a CO-OPERATIVE COMMONWEALTH. All large corporations must become CO-OPS, owned and democratically controlled by their workers, or by worker/community federations.
Political democracy cannot function unless it is supported by economic democracy. Two reasons. 1) As long as the corporations control their present money and resources, they will never allow reforms which will deprive them of political influence; and 2) If we ever did achieve reforms which cut back on corporate power, they will use their money to chip away and destroy those reforms, as they did after the New Deal. Remember, from the Wagner Act which institutionalized union power in 1935, to Taft Hartley in 1947, which cut the legs off of union power, was only 12 years. Only if we take corporations away from the capitalists completely can that be prevented from happening again and again.