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
Come and hear NUMSA's General Secretary, Irvin Jim, on:
"New Working Class Leadership and the Prospects for Socialist Politics in South Africa."
Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All
Economics professor Costas Lapavitsas' new book Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All, delving into the elusive world of finance, that place where fortunes are made seemingly out of nothing, but with such dramatic impact on the world economy. Lapavitsas tackles one of the most innovative and perhaps most controversial concepts in political economy: financialization. Aaron Leonard recently corresponded with professor Lapavitsas via email to ask him about his new book and its wider implications.
What: According to a recent estimate by the Climate Vulnerability Monitor 400,000 people die every year as a result of the human-made global warming that has so far been created. The United Nations projects that 3 billion additional people may be pushed into extreme poverty by 2050 if the environmental devastation connected with global warming is not averted. Unless the interrelated problems of climate change and global poverty are dealt with in a timely manner we will turn Earth into a planet that is unable to sustain complex forms of human civilization, or worse. The scale of these problems should make it clear that individualist, lifestyle-centric approaches to activism will not suffice.