NDPers whip themselves into a coma

Evil Thomas MulcairBy Henry McRandall

Once upon a time, Canadians had a social-democratic political party – the NDP or New Democratic Party – that has managed on occasion to win power in five of the country’s 10 provinces which, combined, hold more than two-thirds of Canada’s population. But they have never managed to win power at the federal level – and that was the rub.
Desperate to finally hold sway in Ottawa, the middle-class so-called “centrists” who were gradually taking over a party that had been proudly built over decades by poor and working-class Canadians were chomping at the bit to get their own snouts in the public trough and began more than 20 years ago to shift the party ever so slowly toward the right (they call it the “centre”) so that it would be more to the liking of their own class.
For years, the drift remained gradual and no thought was ever given to patching together a genuinely leftist platform that might finally give poor and working-class Canadians a real reason to vote – for the first time in decades.
Finally, after the untimely death of the heroic Le Bon Jack (Layton) in 2011, the “centrists” found their man in former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister Thomas Mulcair and they catapulted him into the federal NDP leadership. No longer would their party have to “pander” to the legitimate needs of the poor or the working class. The new agenda would be all about “the middle class”.
How much more evidence will have to pile up before REAL New Democrats come to realize that neither Thomas Mulcair nor their new “centrist” orientation are going to deliver them to the “promised land” of power?
And the evidence so far has been absolutely massive. Since becoming federal NDP leader less than two years ago, Thomas Mulcair’s “centrist” leadership has steadily sunk the New Democratic Party back into the also-ran level of public support: Continue reading “NDPers whip themselves into a coma”

Dying so that the rich can get even richer

PoppyBy Henry McRandall

In the U.S., they call its “Veterans Day.” In Canada, they call it “Remembrance Day”. And in many countries around the world, today is the day everyone is supposed to stop and pay tribute to the vast number of men and women who have risked life and limb, supposedly “to protect OUR way of life.”
The public rationale for all these western invasions and occupations of massively impoverished and defenceless countries, however, has nothing at all to do with “protecting OUR way of life.” It is all about guaranteeing the Top1% and the criminal capitalist multinational corporations they control unrestricted access to cheap labour, cheap resources and a laissez-faire attitude toward worker health and safety and environmental safeguards.
Wars are never declared by the poor or the working class. It is always the Top1% and their puppet political prostitutes who declare wars against real or imagined enemies. But it is never the pampered sons and daughters of the immorally wealthy – whose gains are almost totally obtained through massive, unpunished criminality, such as their refusal to pay their workers a living wage and other crimes against humanity – who are forced to go and fight these immoral wars. No, it is the sons and daughters of the poor and the working class who risk life and limb in the service of their wealthy “betters” – either because they are desperate for access to the education that might someday enable them to get a decent job or because they are desperate for any kind of job right now just so that they can survive.
The events of 9-11 – which the U.S. hypocritically expects the rest of the world to remember every year until the end of time – were nothing compared to the DAILY death toll inflicted on the rest of the world – every day of the year – by the capriciousness of the U.S. State Department and the carte blanche multinational corporations enjoy, to commit massive felonious atrocities around the world with no fear of ever being brought to justice. Yes, 3,000 Amerikkkans – mostly wealthy and/or powerful Amerikkkans – were killed on 9-11. But every day of the year – 365 days a year – a child in the so-called Third World dies – every one and a half seconds – either from starvation or from untreated but treatable disease because of these twin culprits – a massively criminal multinational corporate capitalist cartel and a quiescent United States State Department. That’s more than 50,000 children – all under the age of five – being martyred EVERY day just to keep the profits of the billionaires and mega-millionaires forever growing larger. Continue reading “Dying so that the rich can get even richer”