Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Time for the left to get bold

This quote from Murray Dobbin's most recent blog , Harper's Arrogance Reflects Our Weakness, stresses the importance of getting serious about politics. For the left, this means getting serious about connecting, organizing and finding a new sense of boldness. Too much is at stake to do otherwise.

"Given the danger the country faces from the Harper dictatorship there should be emergency meetings being held in Ottawa with all the national unions, the churches, the Council of Canadians, national environmental organizations and other civil society groups whose job it is to create a political culture in which this kind of fascist-minded government simply could not operate.

Harper’s vicious politics were in some ways inevitable. If we allow our political culture to erode and weaken into little more than a side-show to consumerism, it is just a matter of time before the forces of reaction seize the moment and permanently change the country.

It means, in effect, that we are simply not serious in fighting the dismantling of the country. Given the values of Canadians, and the enormous capacity of civil society to respond to the challenge if it chooses to, this simply should not be happening. That it is happening is a dramatic demonstration of our failure of political will.

When will we get serious? Maybe that should be our collective New Year’s resolution. We have two months in which to accept the challenge."
Murray Dobbin's Blog

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