Strategically Chosen Contests
We study the electoral terrain to choose whether a contest is strategic to engage in during a particular election cycle. Whether we are encouraging a dedicated DSA member to run or deliberating an endorsement request, we recognize our resources are limited and should be allocated strategically. We do not typically issue endorsements in contests we don't think are strategically useful at the time.
Class Struggle Elections
DSA embraces a model of class struggle elections. A class struggle election is a campaign that clearly and unequivocally draws the line between the working class and the capitalist class. A candidate running a campaign consistent with the class struggle election strategy will not hesitate to identify themselves as a worker and their supporters as workers organized and advocating for ourselves. Our campaigns make clear the class enemies who finance and support the political establishment in our city and beyond. Candidates endorsed by LDSA reject donations from real estate developers and other business interests, and make clear that their opponents are financed by and therefore beholden to ruling class forces. It is common to see socialist candidates for office organizing alongside workers in the community and you will often see DSA members linking electoral campaigns with other elements of class struggle such as strikes, union organizing efforts, and issue campaigns for working class demands. Elected DSA officeholders are encouraged to use the position to aid workers organizing in their workplaces and help build worker power independent of the Democratic Party and the ruling class.
Building a Workers' Party
Louisville DSA is building towards a party for the working class, but any such formation cannot be built overnight. In the short term we are building a surrogate structure (or a Pre-Party Organization) to act as a vehicle for the working class socialist organizing that is historically done by a workers' party. We are building a working class organization that is independent of other classes and run democratically by its members. We do not take donations from businesses, foundations, or other elements of the ruling class, we are funded by our members and accountable to nobody but ourselves. In the long term our goal is to form an independent working-class party, but in the short term we do not rule out supporting socialist candidates running tactically on the Democratic ballot line. Our candidates for office are socialists who are committed to our platform and accountable to the membership of the organization. We work with other DSA chapters and the DSA National Electoral Committee to provide the support and volunteer base necessary to contest and win our chosen electoral campaigns.