LETTER: Conversation about socialism has been lost

From reader Charles Jeanes

It’s 2019, and Canada has produced an electoral manifesto that finally matches in brilliance and relevance the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation’s Regina Manifesto of 1933. The document I refer to is the Green Party’s platform for our federal election.

The Greens make me proud to be Canadian, but I’m depressed that such wonderful ideas have never found traction with our electorates. The NDP absorbed the CCF in 1961, and today the NDP eschews all mention of socialism. The Green Party alone speaks about the social contract and the Just Society in 2019.

Whatever happened to the conversation about social class and ending capitalist exploitation, a conversation of tremendous vitality in 1933, but one that is forgotten now while race, gender, and climate issues are all top-of-mind? The last time socialism seemed respectable was the 1970s.

I do not mean to belittle other people’s issues. Race, gender, and climate must have enormous weight in our politics. But beneath all of the injustices those issues involve is the oldest one of all, the wrongness of a society stratified by class. The shape of Canada is a pyramid; the top is wealthy beyond any moral justification, and the bottom impoverished in the same manner. The whole world has the same shape. When I hear the articulate voices of people impassioned about race, gender, or climate, I so wish to hear the same passion for an end to capitalist “liberal democracy.” Where did we lose the plot?

I conclude with a quote from Catherine Ingram in the Huffington Post: “The problem is that the human creature will postpone challenging that system as long as the goods keep flowing, no matter the future costs. Capitalism is a perfect representation of the human need and greed for more, future be damned.”

Charles Jeanes

Nelson

Just Posted

Kootenay-Columbia riding candidates have Canada’s highest expense limit

Facebook data also shows who is buying ads on the social media website

Celgar says equipment failure won’t affect production next week

The chip dumper collapse on Oct. 6 is still under investigation

Nelson musical explores chess, women’s emancipation, a love triangle and the Cold War

Chess: The Musical run Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Capitol Theatre

Former Liberal candidate endorses Greens in Kootenay-Columbia

Don Johnston says he’ll be voting for Abra Brynne on Oct. 21

VIDEO: B.C. man’s yard comes alive with grizzlies at night

Malakwa man has captured images of 12 different grizzlies on video

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

ELECTION 2019: Climate strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

ICBC willing to loosen grip on driver claim data, David Eby says

Private insurers say claims record monopoly keeps them out

B.C. principal suspended for failing to help student who reported inappropriate touching

Principal didn’t remove student from the teacher’s class nor call the parents within a reasonable time

Port Moody mayor goes back on unpaid leave during sex assault investigation

Rob Vagramov said he intends to return as mayor in three or four weeks

UBC issues statement after instructor tells students to vote for Liberal Party

University says partisan messaging was not intentional

Feud with Canada Post causes Grasmere Post Office to close its doors

Grasmere Post Office will close Oct. 31, building owners unable to reach agreement with Canada Post

Cowichan Valley brothers win big in lottery for second time

Playing same numbers net big wins over a three year period

Most Read