George Victor wrote:
You "don't get" lots of things, TR, because of your foreshortened view of historical change. From your description of the decimation of labour - "they've been eroding slowly for decades" - one would think that supranatural forces were at work, not the concerted effort of capital to make destruction of bargaining power certain, beginning in the 1970s.
When I say economic rights have been eroding for decades I mean precisely that there has been a concerted effort on the part of business elites to erode them. I've said it a million times.
The issue is that political parties have been proxies, not agents, of both the emergence and erosion of labour rights. This is a contest between labour activists and business elites.With the labour activists all but gone, business elites can do whatever they want and all the parties, including the NDP, are willing servants.