Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party, passed away earlier this month. Indeed, this death was regrettable, as friends, families, and supporters mourned their loss. A blog post on MLM Mayhem criticizes the state sanctioned fanfare around the funeral, but more importantly–criticizes the general radical left in Toronto, who, while identifying as anti-capitalist and anti-statist, took part in the state-sanctioned mass mourning, all the while moralizing against those with other views and opinions on the matter.
Although there are some who agree with the position put forth by the author of MLM Mayhem, this post on Layton, like the post on boycotting the Federal 2011 elections, became the subject of derision and defensive hatred on reddit and rabble.ca. Some have even went as far as to call for censorship on one the critical threads.
Members of the Revolutionary Student Movement stand firmly behind MLM Mayhem’s analysis and position on the NDP. We are in agreement about the default opportunism appearing in the “movement.” Our comrade’s blog exposes that Layton was as much a running-dog of imperialism and, given the constraints of the capitalo-parliamentary structure, could not but have assumed this role, even as leader of the official opposition.
NATO bombs have been raining down on Libya since the NDP scored official opposition status, without any word of resistance.
We believe that young people have something much better to work for. What we ought to build is our own movement, a project that doesn’t not yet exist within the comforting limits of accepted bourgeois legalisms or within the cozy offices of student unions, the university counterparts to these parliamentary cretins. Our project is to help create revolution with the people. The masses are that elemental force necessary for root change. That’s why we are, in part, Maoist.
Our task is to find the correct expression for the rage, felt by those of us who have to toil daily just for a roof over our heads, 3 square meals, and clothing. This rage is all around us. We strive to work with our peers and with proletarian youths to target and shape that rage–to give it expression.