Re: Discontent in Lotus Land

Aaron (aaron@burn.ucsd.edu)
Fri, 29 Nov 1996 23:25:16 -0800


Friends,
If you are receiving this without having seen the previous posts in this
thread, please see <http://www.lglobal.com/TAO/A-Infos/0171.html>.

>The fact is that this particular group of social democratic politicians
>ran AGAINST the neoliberal agenda in the last provincial election and WON
>on that basis.
>
>Sid Shniad

That just makes my point, as quoted by Sid (see below), even clearer. Any
party that takes on the administration of the capitalist state, unless --
perhaps -- it does so with both clear subversive intentions and a movement
to back it up in the streets, schools and workplaces, will act within
whatever constraints capital imposes on it. To avoid this, a government at
a sub-national level would have to be willing and able to confront its
national government, including its courts, cops and troops. A national
government would have to deal with intensive economic warfare, and probably
with at least 'covert' military attacks, a la Chile 1970-73, Portugal
1974-75, Nicaragua 1979-90, Cuba 1959-now, Libya ??-now, to name a (rather
diverse) few.

In the old days, it was a peaceful transition to socialism that was a
pipedream. Nowadays, peaceful defense against immiseration is an equally
dangerous illusion. What the French truckers have been doing is a small
taste of what is necessary.

--In the struggle,
--Aaron

>Date: Fri, 29 Nov 1996 12:29:27 -0800
>Sender: Forum on Labor in the Global Economy <LABOR-L@YORKU.CA>
>From: D Shniad <shniad@SFU.CA>
>Subject: Re: Discontent in Lotus Land
>
>The fact is that this particular group of social democratic politicians
>ran AGAINST the neoliberal agenda in the last provincial election and WON
>on that basis.
>
>Sid Shniad
>
>>
>> Excuse my laziness in replying to and forwarding this item at the same
>> time. It has my comments interspersed, naturally not quoted with '>'.
>>
>> >Date: Thu, 28 Nov 1996 11:08:08 -0800
>> >From: D Shniad <shniad@SFU.CA>
>> >Subject: Discontent in Lotus Land
>> >To: Multiple recipients of list LABOR-L <LABOR-L@YORKU.CA>
>> >
>> >The labour movement in British Columbia was delighted when the NDP
>> >government was re-elected here in BC last May. Since then, however,
>> >relations have become tense as the government slashes public spending
>> >in order to balance the provincial budget. Things came to a head at
>> >this week's federation of labour convention in Vancouver when the
>> >government announced sharp cuts to municipal spending.
>>
[In case you're confused by all the arrows, the following two paragraphs
were mine. -- Aaron]
>> Remember the old saying, 'Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice, shame
>> on me!' What did the NDP do when it was running Ontario?
>>
>> But it's not just a matter of being fooled twice! Labor and
>> social-democratic parties throughout the world have been carrying out the
>> neo-liberal agenda of international capital since around 1980.

[The entirety of my original post which is quoted by Sid Shniad here is
available as <http://www.lglobal.com/TAO/A-Infos/0171.html>.--Aaron]