A word on my partisan affiliation

Some comrades and regular visitors to my blog may have noticed that I have recently added a Blogging Dippers button on my sidebar.  I felt it was prudent to take a moment to talk about why I chose to do this and what this signifies about my party affiliation.

Firstly, allow me to be plain:  I remain a devoted communist and Marxist and I have no intention of abandoning what I see as the rich tradition of the revolutionary movement (no pun intented).

Secondly, those of you who know me personally know that while I’ve never been a card-carrying member of the NDP, I have nonetheless worked on Parliament Hill with the New Democrats.  As such, you know that I have felt for some time that there is not insignificant co-operation which can fruitfully be had by working with certain segements (especially the Socialist Caucus) of the NDP.  I see this decision of mine as the natural extension of this position.

Thirdly, to reiterate, nothing has changed with regards to my party affiliation.  I still do not hold membership in any political party:  not the Communist Party of Canada, nor the Marxist-Leninist Party, nor the New Democrats.

Fourthly, this move of mine ought not to be taken as an endorsement of the NDP or Jack Layton.  I have given praise to the NDP in the past when deserved – such as in my post “The difference between Dion and Layton” – and I have also been highly critical of many of the NDP’s other policies ranging from their (nebulous) support for the WTO, IMF and the global capitalist system to their downright embarrassing position on our involvement in Haiti.  Both my criticism and praise for the NDP shall continue unaffected in the future. 

Lastly, and most importantly, I feel that if there were ever a group of non-Marxists who generally wish to do good in the praxis of politics and as such, would be most amenable or willing to hear socialist, communist and/or Marxist arguments, then it would surely be New Democrats.  I see this as a chance to engage in this very dialogue.


5 Responses to “A word on my partisan affiliation”

  1. 1 Joshua Kubinec 19 February, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    I’m glad you’ve decided to engage us and I look forward to reading your stuff here!

  2. 2 Kuri 19 February, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    Glad to see you on the blogroll. I like having hard-left individuals in the party – it keeps us on our toes! :)

  3. 3 Larry Gambone 20 February, 2007 at 1:13 am

    I think you are doing a good thing. I try to discuss with social democrats all the time. Not to “win them over” or bully them with arguments, but to find some common ground and make them aware that folks from the far left aren’t ogres or fanatics, but people with ideas, some of which might be useful. It is the unknown that people fear.

  4. 4 surplusvalue 22 February, 2007 at 3:49 am

    I just found this blog through the “tag surfer” within wordpress and what a find! It seems I have some catching up to do.

    As I said, I am new to your blog, so ignore this if you have discussed it already: do you have any thoughts about the Progressive Labor Party? PLP.

    Please don’t take the above as a plug – it’s not – I am just curious as to your thoughts.


  5. 5 paulitics 22 February, 2007 at 11:32 am

    surplusvalue – thanks for you kind words. I look forward to catching up on your blog too, so far I’m pretty impressed.

    I think I’m catching on in Australia, you’re like the third Aussie to post a comment on my blog (and I’ve also had a Kiwi post one too).

    To answer your question about the Australian PLP, I really don’t feel I know enough about them and how they differ from the Communist Party of Australia to pass a judgement as of yet. I do have to admit though that I was impressed with the articles they linked to on their page as well as with their manifesto. I will definitely be keeping tabs on them in the future as I feel it’s always important to learn about the struggles our fellow comrades are going through in other countries.


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