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Tommy Douglas and the Struggle Against Capitalism: Lessons learnt by the Canadian working class

You have heard it before - socialism is either dead or irrelevant. Most media outlets wield it as an adjective of criminal proportions while academics state that it is an outdated ideology better suited for the industrial revolution. Even the official party of the working class in Canada, the NDP, has opted to use the term "progressive" wherever possible instead of "socialist". Although there are concerted efforts and millions of dollars dedicated to making sure that the notion of socialism never enters mainstream consciousness, it will be working class Canadians who show that these efforts are in vain. The spirit of socialism in Canada is alive and well and the recent growing popularity of the late Tommy Douglas is evidence of this. (November, 2004)

The Mass Workers' Party and its Leadership

Being the mass workers' party is nothing to sneeze at. And being in the leadership of the workers' party is even less insignificant. Capitalism, which was at its birth a revolutionary leap forward from the inefficiency and waste of feudalism, has long ago ceased to serve any real productive purpose on this planet. There is nothing normal or natural or even logical about this system. It leads to war over oil and mass slaughter for diamonds; it deprives one fifth of its population of safe drinking water and starves over thirty thousand children to death every day. There is no reason why this should not change. The conditions for socialism are, as Trotsky put so eloquently, not just ripe, but "somewhat rotten". So what's the hold up? (November, 2004)

Ontario NDP Fails to Inspire

Last month was the provincial convention of the Ontario New Democratic Party - time for New Democrats, myself included, to come together and try and decide what kind of party we are going to pretend to be for the next two years. It seems the working class interests that built this party just didn't make the agenda. (January, 2005)

Big Battles to Come: Perspectives for British Columbia

After nearly four years of attacks by the Gordon Campbell Liberals, British Columbia workers are fighting back. With the NDP in a position to win May's provincial election, a major confrontation is set to take place between rank-and-file workers and the leaders of the NDP and labour movement. The task of the Marxists is to penetrate these organizations and sow them with ideas that can win. (January, 2005)

What's Left of the Left?

There exists a peculiar tendency on the left in Canada to believe that in order to gain support, electorally or otherwise you must water down your politics to the point of oblivion. The argument is, the less you say, the fewer people you will offend, thereby broadening your base of support. This idea flies in the face of both history and common sense. As comical as this idea may sound, its results are often tragic. (May, 2005)

Election Day in British Columbia: NDP in trouble

Today is election-day in British Columbia and the BC New Democratic Party is trailing in the polls. After four years of right wing rule in British Columbia the province’s social services have been decimated. One third of the public sector has been laid off, hospitals and schools have been shut down and the minimum wage has been reduced by 20% for new workers. Gordon Campbell’s attacks have touched every sector of the working class, yet the NDP has failed to win the support of the majority of British Columbians. A series of compromises and betrayals from the leadership of the labour movement has led to a lull in the movement against the government. Only a year ago BC stood on the brink of a general strike, now all is quiet on the industrial front. This election should have been a cake walk for the NDP, but the drift to the right by the leadership has left workers uninspired. What a mess. (May, 2005)

The BC NDP After the Election: Leadership celebrates defeat & threatens to destroy the party

The BC New Democratic Party recently held a barbeque to “celebrate the election campaign”. Upon receiving an invitation, any sober member of the NDP would shake their head and wonder, “What are we celebrating? We lost!” Apparently someone forgot to inform the party leaders of the election results. Only a few months ago the NDP was ahead in the polls and a victory seemed almost assured. This election was handed to them on a silver platter, but they just didn’t know how to take it. (July, 2005)
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