Political parties of the left exist to reverse the prevailing balance of political forces, not sell out the weaker groups. When a party such as the NDP forgets why it exists, its constituents desert.
A group of Quebec NDPers wrote an open letter calling for changes in the party but not for Tom Mulcair's head. Others have now joined the fray, and they are not shy about targeting the leader.
If the NDP are truly going to renew their party, they must integrate the lessons learned for the three manifestos: the Waffle, the NPI and the Leap.
Responses to the death of Antonin Scalia, the right-wing, fundamentalist, vituperative U.S. Supreme Court Justice, have been notably sympathetic, even from the left. What accounts for the affection?
How can the left better challenge austerity measures and capitalism? "The Servant State" suggests we move beyond mere indignation and confront the horrifying reality in front of us.
For the NDP to become the real champion of the left, the party will have to finally reform its relationship with social movements.
The NDP has a choice. It can stress social democratic measures to fix inequality, or it can go further and attack the unjust, failing economy, and expose the choices directed by corporate power.
Bernie Sanders won't cave on the economics. It isn't that he doesn't rejoice over "other" victories. But on economic justice and fairness, he remains a hard-ass. And it resonates. Why?
How can the NDP bridge the gap between its members and the party centre? Make the party "less fucking boring" advocates Brian Topp.
There's no real capitalism any more, plutocracy rules everywhere -- which is basically Bernie Sanders's stump speech. Rick Salutin looks at the Sanders effect in U.S. politics.