The main point of my previous line of argument BTW is that the NDp is abandoning even social democratic ideals, not necessarily socialist ones. Higher progressive taxation, willingness to borrow money like private enterprises when needed, and stricter public regulation of businesses are just three standard social democratic concepts which have a far stronger track record of success (from a progressive view point) than any of the neo-liberal strategies taken during the last generation. (lets not even talk about nationalizing anything anymore...) If, that is, any neo-liberal measure can still be seen as intended towards any egalitarian goal -ever.
My next installment:
"the NDP has to moderate its image to gain power before it can hope to do anything progressive." Meaning, the party has to bow to the received wisdom of the mainstream media monoply in hopes that they/it will give us/you/them a chance -ever. Unfortunately there is even less evidence that that will work either:
This is about as good as it got, during the last convention when the party was consciously and openly trying to "moderate" its' public image:
"I’m going to let you in on a little journalistic secret here, NDP organizers: We — we-the-media, that is — expect — nay, demand — at least one zany resolution from every party policy convention. If you’re not going to give us a leadership review — or, better yet, a multi-ballot leadership vote, complete with delegates, drama and intrigue, and — of course — thundersticks — then you’d better darned well give us something to get us out of bed in time for that three hour plenary session at the crack of nine on Saturday morning. In recent years, for the Conservatives, it’s usually something about abortion or same sex marriage; for the Liberals, it’s Quebec nationhood and — thank you, youth wing — legalized prostitution, and for the NDP, it’s nationalizing the banks and decriminalizing soft drugs. It happens every time: One of your riding associations comes up with a crowd-pleasingly controversial proposal, we write about, it either passes and goes nowhere, or it fails, and we all go home, satisfied by having taken part in a proud Canadian political tradition.
Instead, you boot the guy out, thus giving us something even better to cover: a banned delegate with an axe to grind! And a twitter account! It’s like you planned the whole thing just to give us a good hook for this weekend’s coverage. Since the delegate in question is on the ground in Halifax, and even under an NDP government, you can’t have the province put him on the next plane back to BC, he can scrum with reporters, maybe round up a few dozen supporters to picket the opening session — really, he’ll wind up with far more media coverage than he would have gotten if he’d managed to pass his pro-pot resolution in the first place. It’s just the silliest thing ever, although while we’re on the subject of silliness, ITQ would suggest that keeping the full list of policy resolutions under wraps is a close second, since they always end up leaking out anyway, and really, see above re: proud Canadian traditions."
"NDP trumpets new policy – in the same socialist vein"
But: "The NDP Leader told reporters at a closing press conference Sunday afternoon he is extremely excited that the party has approved policies that would bridge the gap between the environment and the economy.
“And also that we want to help out small business,” he said, “because that's where so many of the jobs get created these days.”
But the proposal to phase out income tax for small business never made it to the convention floor.
Nor did the delegates get the chance to debate a controversial proposal to drop the word “New” from the party's name. Like the small-business-tax resolution, a motion to begin consultations on a name change was not high enough on the priority list of resolutions to make the cut."
" “The old thinking of the old parties hasn't worked,” he said. “Now I think people are coming increasingly to that conclusion after this economic crisis and they are saying ‘What's the new direction?' We've laid it out.”
He and the party's small-business critic, Bruce Hyer, said the issue of phasing out small-business income tax would not be allowed to die.
Mr. Layton said it would be put to the party's federal council, and Mr. Hyer said he would find a way to introduce it in the House of Commons when Parliament resumes in the fall."
"But Liberal MP Geoff Regan, an observer at the convention, said he didn't see much of a shift toward the centre on the part of the New Democrats.
“As far as the delegates are concerned,” he said, “they seem more keen on sticking to the same old 1970s ideology that we've heard from them for years.”
But Alexa McDonough, a former NDP leader, doesn't see the need for a dramatic twist."
Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Same old same old, from the same old two faced sources. The "mass" media owned by billionaires will never give you a break, not when they already have liberals and tories -same old stories- to give us all the democratic choice we need in America North. (with apologies to Fidel) Or white cats and black cats to paraphrase a guy named Tommy.