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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: His best shot #nlpoli

The most important measurement you need to take of Dwight Ball’s great vision for the provincial government is that this is his one, best shot.

That shot consists of a hackneyed, worn-out, tired list of all sorts of things that government departments are already doing,  things that won’t materially affect the problem or government’s deficit . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: His best shot #nlpoli

Left Over: Pricey Passports R Us……..

Canadian ePassports arrive July 1 New ePassports feature electronic chips, other security features CBC News Posted: Jun 28, 2013 2:55 PM ET

 

Not only are the passports getting even more outrageously expensive, but if you get a ten year passport, you get a deal! Step right up, wealthy elites..5 years, $120, and ten years, . . . → Read More: Left Over: Pricey Passports R Us……..

RedBedHead: Is The SWP A Dead Duck: Part 2

It isn’t only in the nations, like the former USSR, that bureaucracy can use its control of wealth and power to defeat grassroots challengers. What happened with the rise of Stalinism was an historically profound human tragedy. But the process of bureaucracy developing independence from its original base can occur on a much smaller scale . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Is The SWP A Dead Duck: Part 2

RedBedHead: Is The SWP A Dead Duck: Part 2

It isn’t only in the nations, like the former USSR, that bureaucracy can use its control of wealth and power to defeat grassroots challengers. What happened with the rise of Stalinism was an historically profound human tragedy. But the process of bureaucracy developing independence from its original base can occur on a much smaller scale and this holds lessons for revolutionaries grappling with . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Is The SWP A Dead Duck: Part 2

RedBedHead: SWP Bureaucracy & The IST: Part 2

The debate with the US ISO remains a source of much controversy, having ended with the biggest split from the Tendency to date. This makes it worth exploration and, I believe, it is an example of the way in which the SWP’s growing bureaucracy negatively impacted the IST. However, both of the dominant narratives of . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: SWP Bureaucracy & The IST: Part 2

RedBedHead: SWP Bureaucracy & The IST: Part 2

The debate with the US ISO remains a source of much controversy, having ended with the biggest split from the Tendency to date. This makes it worth exploration and, I believe, it is an example of the way in which the SWP’s growing bureaucracy negatively impacted the IST. However, both of the dominant narratives of the events leading up to the ISOs expulsion are, in my view, one sided. The main . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: SWP Bureaucracy & The IST: Part 2

RedBedHead: SWP Bureaucracy & The IST: Part 1

The tradition in the IST is to not intervene in the controversies and debates of other organizations. This was explained to me as a reaction against the practice amongst the early Trotskyists & within the Fourth International to involve every affiliated organization in the debates of every other national section. But, it was pointed out, . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: SWP Bureaucracy & The IST: Part 1

RedBedHead: SWP Bureaucracy & The IST: Part 1

The tradition in the IST is to not intervene in the controversies and debates of other organizations. This was explained to me as a reaction against the practice amongst the early Trotskyists & within the Fourth International to involve every affil… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: SWP Bureaucracy & The IST: Part 1

RedBedHead: The SWP & Revolutionary Bureaucracy or No One Here Gets Out Alive

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the international working class suffered a series of decisive defeats. This put to a halt and set in reverse the post-war tendency for living standards to rise and a more recent phenomenon of rising worker militancy. It led to years of a downturn in struggle, the decimation of . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: The SWP & Revolutionary Bureaucracy or No One Here Gets Out Alive

RedBedHead: The SWP & Revolutionary Bureaucracy or No One Here Gets Out Alive

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the international working class suffered a series of decisive defeats. This put to a halt and set in reverse the post-war tendency for living standards to rise and a more recent phenomenon of rising worker militancy. I… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: The SWP & Revolutionary Bureaucracy or No One Here Gets Out Alive

RedBedHead: SWP Special Conference Shows Bureaucracy’s Fangs

On Sunday, March 10 the British Socialist Workers Party held a Special Conference to deal with the crisis that has been raging in its organization since its annual January conference. The trigger for the crisis was an allegation of rape against a member of the party’s Central Committee (CC) that was reviewed by a Disputes . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: SWP Special Conference Shows Bureaucracy’s Fangs

RedBedHead: SWP Special Conference Shows Bureaucracy’s Fangs

On Sunday, March 10 the British Socialist Workers Party held a Special Conference to deal with the crisis that has been raging in its organization since its annual January conference. The trigger for the crisis was an allegation of rape against a member of the party’s Central Committee (CC) that was reviewed by a Disputes Committee composed of long-time colleagues and friends of the accused. I . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: SWP Special Conference Shows Bureaucracy’s Fangs

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s PBO Kevin Page Takes Harper Conservative Government To Court

Canada’s Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page has had enough of the Harper government’s lack of accountability and transparency, highlighted by it’s refusal to comply with his repeated requests for information on the $5.2 billion in fiscal… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s PBO Kevin Page Takes Harper Conservative Government To Court