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.