Open Letter for a "NEW" Democratic Socialist Party
Sisters and Brothers,
In his Oct. 9th, 2010 column, titled "The NDP: Not your father's socialism," John Ivison of The National Post wrote about the NDP's "metamorphosis of an old 20th-century socialist party into a vibrant 21st-century social democratic party." What exactly a "21-st century social democratic party" looks like is hard to discern though a few clues were provided by Ivison in a lower paragraph in the story:
Marc Lee, of the B.C. office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, has proposed an excellent 12-part program for a reoriented and reinvigorated Canadian Left. He has done us a real service by identifying key themes that would define the Left and catalyze fundamental change:
• a universal guaranteed income program
• sectoral collective bargaining
• legal changes to rein in the power of corporations
• abolition of intellectual property (copyright and patents)
• public control of key economic sectors and infrastructures through regulation, nationalization or the creation of public corporations
The LeftWords Festival of Books and Ideas is a free public event that celebrates and promotes the work of Canadian and international writers and thinkers - especially those whose works appear in books and magazines by Canadian independent publishers. Canadian authors will be on hand for presentations on topics such as food security, women in a globalizing world, health activism and disability, plus the launch of the Socialist Register 2013. Canadian book publishers, booksellers and magazines will be on hand with great deals.
The Oakham House Café will be open and selling fair trade organic coffee, great sandwiches, and snacks.
* Abbie Bakan, co-author with Daiva Stasiulis of Negotiating Citizenship: Migrant Women in Canada and the Global System.
* Sue Ferguson, author of "Canadian Contributions to Social Reproduction Feminism, Race and Embodied Labor," in Race, Gender and Class.
This is the second in a 3-part series of coffeehouse events sponsored by the Education Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/389669997830216
Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at York University for a free film screening and discussion of Tsar to Lenin.
Described as "The most vital and important film in the history of movies." by the New York Post in 1937, and receiving similar accolades during its limited opening run, the film presents the 1917 Russian Revolution as it really was. The masses of workers and peasants, who fought tsarist autocracy and capitalist militarism, were educated and galvanized by the Bolsheviks of Lenin and Trotsky.
Following the film, we will open the floor to a discussion of the revolution, and its echoes throughout history.
If all you care about is making more stuff, capitalism may be the best system ever. But if you want to save the planet from environmental catastrophe our current economic system is a dead end.
I remember in my socialist youth often being told: "Your ideas sound good but that’s just not how things work in real life."
In my socialist sixties these same words seem appropriate as an analysis of mainstream environmentalism today.
Here is the harsh reality: