An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:
** …this year’s presumed frontrunner Thomas Mulcair has few if any connections to anything like grassroots activism — other than as an adversary to movements for social justice. Mulcair has maintained a near total silence on the massive student movement that is shaking up Quebec politics and, arguably, providing the most substantial challenge to neo-liberalism anywhere on the continent.
Mulcair’s silence on the student strike is no surprise. After all, just a few short years ago he was a cabinet minister in the same Charest Liberal government. When students rebelled and pushed back against Charest’s attacks in 2005, Mulcair toed the government line. In fact, close observers recall that Mulcair, during his years in the provincial cabinet, did not object to the rightward transformation of the Quebec Liberals.
This very recent history lends credence to the fears that a Mulcair-led NDP would become a different and worse party. To state this is not to “be negative” or to deny that the NDP has for some time campaigned on a tepid version of social democracy; it is, rather, only to state the obvious. During this campaign Mulcair has made no secret of his desire to “modernize” the party. As anyone who has ever listened to or read Tony Blair knows, the mantra of modernization is code for denuding social democracy of its remaining features that threaten establishment interests. **
My online response to the above linked-to article follows:
** dateline March 25, 2:48am – “The main arguments given by Mulcair’s supporters are not really political per se.” Indeed. Can we or can we not drink a beer with him?, seems to be the argument over here in David Climenhaga’s rabble article: http://bit.ly/GZGgCu. But, in fairness, I’m sure that if Stephen Harper wanted to sit with David and enjoy a Beer, he’d say “Sure!” **
And now, for your edification, since some would surely say I’m being negative:
“And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage the war with the one seated on the horse and with his army. And the wild beast was caught and along with it the false prophet that performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the wild beast and those who render worship to it’s image. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulphur.” – Revelation 19:19,20 (italics mine)
Fair taxation, equality and simply caring and embracing things like the precautionary principle, if forced by the majority on the minority, would kill that minority. Passing a law that makes caring and having principles – with the result that it could prevent the polluting of the earth and experimentation, for profit, on all life on it with manmade chemcials – would kill the macho capitalists and their admirers. But you can’t make people care. Nor should you do more than try to encourage it. (2 Thessalonians chapter 2:8-12) Well, They needn’t fear any sort of spring, be it a maple leaf spring or any other type. None of the 99% has the power or means to off the wild beasts that roam this decaying, melting planet.
If the wild beasts and their worshippers wish to celebrate that fact, then they may do so – while they are able to.