Tuesday, September 1, 2015
August: Margaret Thatcher, Morgan Wheeldon, Tom Mulcair, Tommy Douglas & more -- The month on The Left Chapter in review
August on The Left Chapter saw 25 posts of various types.
Without any further ado, the top five posts in terms of hits for the month were:
1) Mulcair doubles-down on the NDP's right shift by defending Thatcherism
This week is the week where I think it can officially be said that the NDP leadership "jumped the shark" from any pretense at ties with its roots as a social democratic labour party to a straight-up and very open embrace of Blairite centrism and neo-liberal "progressiveism".
2) Morgan Wheeldon, Israel and the triumph of neo-conservative dogma
It would seem that, as with climate change, any serious discussion or criticism of Israel is now essentially forbidden in mainstream politics in Canada -- including within the NDP.
3) The NDP and budget deficits: Not the Tommy Douglas vision
By Fraser Needham
The 2015 Canadian federal election took another strange turn this week.
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair committed that his first budget as prime minister would be a balanced one. This seems somewhat strange as Canada appears to be headed into a recession and if the current Conservative government has struggled to maintain services in recent years without running deficits, in what have been stronger economic times, the only way a new government could balance the budget in a weaker economy would be through substantial cuts. The minor revenues gained by an NDP government canceling income splitting for high-income earners and a modest corporate tax increase would not be enough to maintain current spending levels in an economic downturn, let alone meet other campaign commitments such as a national childcare plan.
4) Deficit spending and the very odd week in Canadian social democracy
This has been an interesting week in the history of Canadian social democracy.
After Mulcair decided to double-down on comments he made praising Margaret Thatcher last week, we began this week with NDP advisers musing to Lawrence Martin in Canada's business tribune, the Globe and Mail, about trying to outflank the Harper Tories from the militarist side on defense spending by stating that they may yet be going to propose a whole lot more of it! As Martin relates it:
5) Defeating the Harper Conservatives -- The peace movement and the federal election
by Dave McKee, Canadian Peace Congress President
The 2015 federal election is a critical opportunity for the people of Canada to defeat the Harper Conservative government and its reactionary, pro-war agenda. It is important that the peace movements in Canada begin work now to play a strong role in shaping the public policy debate.
The number one food post for the month was Slow Cooker Beef & Mushroom Chili.
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Check out our review for the month of July!: July: Xenophobes, Olivia Chow, Eve Adams, Naheed Nenshi & more -- The month on The Left Chapter in review