The NDP is Not the Solution, it is Part of the Problem
by Liz Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005 at 3:53 AM
Why not the NDP?
"The purpose of social democratic parties is to demobilize, disorient, and derail any mass movement that shows signs of becoming a threat to the interests of the ruling class. They're part of the ideological control apparatus. The people who run these parties understand exactly what their job is, and are well paid for their services. As long as this scam keeps working, why would they abandon it? To do so might impair their future career prospects."
The public purse in BC....benefits from my tax donation on the wine, which goes into our schools and hospitals, expecially because the workers at the Liquor stores saved the Liquor Control Board from
privatization, for now. We need to elect an NDP government to make sure that the privatization of this province gets stopped in it's tracks ASAP. And then we need to hold an NDP govenment to it's promise
of no more privatization, right, comrades?
Right, just like we needed to elect a COPE city council to make sure that no public money would be wasted on the Olympics or the privatization of the transit system. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, you ... you can't fool me again, to use a Bushism. Except that the true believers in the NDP apparently CAN be fooled again ... and again ... actually, there seems to be no limit to the number of times they can be fooled. There's a sucker born every minute.
Does anyone remember what the former heroic leaders of the BC working class are up to now? That's right, Glen Clark is a corporate executive for Pattison Enterprises, and Ujjal Dosanjh has revealed himself as the neo-Liberal (big "L") stooge he always was. How many times does social democracy have to sell out to the corporations before people stop thinking it's some kind of aberration, and realize that this is what it's actually for? The purpose of social democratic parties is to demobilize, disorient, and derail any mass movement that shows signs of becoming a threat to the interests of the ruling class. They're part of the ideological control apparatus. The people who run these parties understand exactly what their job is, and are well paid for their services. As long as this scam keeps working, why would they abandon it? To do so might impair their future career prospects.
A vote for the NDP is a vote for whatever the corporations will tolerate,and nothing more than that. It should be perfectly obvious by now that in the neo-liberal world order, the corporations are no longer willing to allow the existence of public services and social welfare programs to infringe on their superprofits. It's almost irrelevant which party is in office, except that because of the widespread delusion that the social democrats are in some way on our side, they can initiate attacks that the official representatives of the capitalist class could not. It was the demoralization and confusion produced by a decade of NDP government in BC which ensured that there would be no effective opposition after they had performed their historic function and the rollback of social reforms was accelerated by the succeeding regime. This pattern has been replicated in almost every developed country in the world; see in particular Tony Blair's "Labour" party in Britain and (former NDP Premier) Bob Rae's "Social Contract" with the workers of Ontario. In the US, the Democratic Party gets to perform this role, although they aren't actually social democrats, (although) many people think that they are.
If we can't organize a social movement capable of obstructing the neo-liberal agenda being pursued by the group of corporate servants who currently run the province, there's not much chance of being able to "hold an NDP government to its promises," either, once the corporations start telling them what's permissible and what isn't. The greatest single obstacle to the construction of such a movement is the idea that the fake-left careerists, bureaucrats, closet Liberals, and party hacks who control the NDP have anything positive to contribute to the process.
Anyone still confused about this issue should consider the example provided by Operation Solidarity nineteen years ago, and more recently, by the aborted HEU strike. Once this movement begins to be successful, it can run its own candidates for government office; the people chosen for this task will need to be much more principled and radical than almost anyone now remaining in the NDP. Why would we let them fool us yet again?
(My thanks to "Liz" for writing this and to Phil from the Senior's Network for distributing it).
Don't forget Roy Romanow
Roy Romanow - former premier of saskatchewan - issued an endorsement of GENETIC ENGINEERING as he left office.
Saskatchewan now has another NDP premier and the province exports URANIUM to the US. That's URANIUM that can be used for nuclear weapons.
In New Brunswick - Yvonne Godin supported the toxic Bennet incinerator in the name of jobs - even though so many opposed its poison.
In Manitoba - Gary Doer lauded the appointment of Frank McKenna - after having visited NB to meet privately with George Bush Sr. and Bernard Lord a couple of years ago.
The NDP is a humbug!