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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Apropos new U.S. political party — Lee on Ca’s NPI

Canada’s 2001 “Manifesto of the New Politics Initiative”
Excerpt, minor editing by Carolyn Bennett

“We reject the idea that the sun has somehow set on the ideals of egalitarianism, solidarity, redistribution, community responsibility, and socialism — ideals that have motivated generations of human beings to fight to limit the economic and political power of private wealth. ...

“Far from retreating defensively and adopting so-called ‘moderate’ values, we have an opportunity to loudly call out that the emperor has no clothes. Decades of pro-business policies have not delivered better life prospects for the vast majority of Canadians (let alone those in the Third World), and it is time once again to think about fundamental changes in the way we organize our society and our economy.”

New U.S. presidential candidate
with new political party
Rocky Anderson at
High Road for Human Right
Timely notes from neighbor to the North  — Marc Lee reflects on a “new” Canadian political party’s original vision and where society’s stands ten years on

“When I first read the New Politics Initiative’s manifesto,” Marc Lee writes, “I thought it was one of the most visionary and exciting things I had read in a long time. Re-reading it a decade later, [I find] the NPI’s vision of a more fundamentally democratic society and its ideas for a new type of politics still ring true.

“They also have a tremendous resonance with the current political moment, though in ways not intended by the drafters.

“As a call to action to progressives inside and outside the [New Democratic Party of Canada] to transform into a new kind of political party, the NPI was a failure.

“Ten years on, the New Politics Initiative manifesto hardly looks dated at all. The underlying challenges of a growing gap between the rich and the rest of us and a deteriorating global environment are even more acute. It was a great decade for capitalism.”

Source and notes

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“The New Politics Initiative: Reflections on the 10th anniversary” (By Marc Lee), November 29, 2011, http://rabble.ca/news/2011/11/new-politics-initiative-reflections-10th-anniversary

Marc Lee was an early signatory to the New Politics Initiative. He is also a senior economist with the British Columbia Office of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives and the Co-Director of the Climate Justice Project, a five-year partnership with the University of British Columbia looking at the social justice aspects of climate action policies.


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