Buying opportunities

Bruce Anderson considers the political possibilities of economic turmoil.

The NDP faces a quandary that goes well beyond the distressing absence of its most popular figure, Jack Layton. Or his temporary replacement by Nycole Turmel, whose ambivalence towards federalism or separatism (whichever it is, or both) has more or less ended her future in Canadian politics before it really began. Mr. Rae has essentially laid out the position that would logically appeal to moderate NDP voters. And the more radical left? Ideas that might appeal to them, at this moment, would be repellant to most other voters, and create great brand risk for the NDP…

For the NDP, the speedy return to health of Jack Layton, a hope shared by a great many people, will not change the fact that the dilemma of how best to position that party, (in a world where China excoriates the U.S. for engorged entitlement programs and a lack of money-sense), may be the toughest assignment of all.




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  1. I agree with Anderson that it is likely to be volatile few years but parties do not manipulate people like pollsters and communications ‘experts’ think they do. 

    Beliefs first, explanations second. If you believe Government or Prime Minister can easily manipulate economy, than you are left wing and will choose left wing party to support. 

    “Souls, spirits, ghosts, gods, demons, angels, aliens, intelligent designers, government conspirators, and all manner of invisible agents with power and intention are believed to haunt our world and control our lives. Why? …. 

    As large-brained hominids with a developed cortex and a theory of mind—the capacity to be aware of such mental states as desires and intentions in both ourselves and others—we infer agency behind the patterns we observe in a practice I call “agent­icity”: the tendency to believe that the world is controlled by invisible intentional agents …… 

    Even the belief that government can impose top-down measures to rescue the economy is a form of agenticity, with President Barack Obama being touted as “the one” with almost messianic powers who will save us.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=skeptic-agenticity

  2. The sane among us pointed out that Obama was a left wing ding bat back in 08. The consequences of his actions and ideaology are no surprise to any who pay attention. I wonder who he will try and blame his mess on?

    • Well the ‘left’ sees him as rightwing and doesn’t support him, he was simply seen as saner than McCain/Palin who advocated more war.

      As to ‘messes’, he inherited it, and is trying to get the US out of it. He won’t do so, but at least he is trying.

      • I’d have to agree with Emily, but that would mean dignifying a post by someone whose name implies he/she’s stuck in 19th-century political definitions.

        But since I’ve already done so, “sanity” doesn’t fit in a sentence about current American politics, unless it’s preceded by “lack of”.

        • LOL in the US ‘sane’ is a matter of degree….I’ve never found many that I considered ‘sane’ as such….it’s just that some are ‘saner’ than others.

        • Amazing how many labels left wing types create for themselves so they don’t get recognized for who they are – socialists. 

          My paternal grandparents were both Fabians and were ecstatic when Pearson/Trudeau were elected and implemented their socialist agendas. 

          Shenping: … whose name implies he/she’s stuck in 19th-century political definitions.

          Shenping a few days ago: As a long-time social democrat, I don’t think we’re anything at all like socialists beyond the similar spelling.

          “In the 19th Century, the term “Social Democrat” was used as a broad catch-all for international socialists owing their basic ideological allegiance to Karl Marx or Ferdinand Lassalle, in contrast to those advocating various forms of utopian socialism.”

          “The Fabian Society is a British socialist movement, whose purpose is to advance the principles of democratic socialism via gradualist and reformist, rather than revolutionary, means. 

          It is best known for its initial ground-breaking work beginning late in the 19th century and continuing up to World War I. The society laid many of the foundations of the Labour Party … “

          • Well you’re a rightwing socialist hiding behind every label you can find Tony, so you can’t talk.

  3. When the Liberals of the NDP join in on Conservative smears of other party leaders they demean themselves and only end up serving the partisan fortunes of the Conservatives.

  4. The NDP, even with Jack, will have a lot of issues with their schizoid views:

     We love unions, but we hate corporations so..so..OK we love government unions that are made possible by taxes from….

    Stop Picking on us!!!! 

    • We want da family da be gooder dan today We like da family – Nicole Tyrmel

    • Kind of like how the CPC loves individuals having freedom, but hates when they use that freedom to form unions.

      It’s simply a bad misrepresentation.

      The NDP doesn’t hate corporations at all, it just doesn’t think they should have the deciding power in our society.

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