Q: What principle(s) do you use to tell the difference between good and bad, right and wrong, progress and regress?
A: The question is philosophical dealing with one’s approach to life. The Marxist-Leninist approach can be summed up as concrete analysis of concrete conditions. MLPC encourages everyone to be thinking Canadians. Life is in constant change, development and motion; the ability to analyse life in motion is key. Otherwise, a tendency develops to become ossified, stale and dogmatic, and fall back on what exists but no longer represents what is necessary.
For example, the political institutions that served Canada during its formative period of nation-building are no longer capable of dealing with the present period of industrial mass production and globalization. They have proved incapable of stopping the sell-out of Canada’s raw material, the inclusion of the economy into free trade deals dominated by global monopolies, the wrecking of manufacturing, the cut-backs to social programs and public services, defending the people’s rights, and developing nation to nation relations with the Indigenous peoples and Quebec.
The Canadian people voted against NAFTA in successive elections yet the winning Party in power turned its back on its promises and implemented the deals. This has led to the overthrow of Canada as a sovereign nation capable of making its own economic and other decisions, and to its annexation into what one could call a United States of North American Monopolies where monopoly right and its narrow private interests rule in opposition to public right and the broad public interest.
An analysis of the conditions has led MLPC to advocate democratic renewal of the political process complete with a modern constitution with the people as sovereign, empowered politically and guaranteed their rights.
Our political institutions once could have been considered good during Canada’s early colonial rural years with extended families, a scattered economy of mostly petty production and constant struggle against U.S. continentalism. The electoral process with a Party in power and another in opposition could be said to have properly represented the male electorate of property owners. But Canada is no longer the same. Those institutions can no longer be considered good in defending Canada’s sovereignty and representing the Canadian electorate, which now includes almost all residents of a certain age and where people are born to society and have rights by virtue of being human. Those institutions and the accompanying British North America Act need democratic renewal to create something new that now could be considered good, properly reflective of modern Canada and its polity, and capable of meeting the needs of today’s nation-building.
On every issue facing the people, the key issue is to be thinking Canadians who analyse the concrete conditions, and through active participation in acts of finding out develop their understanding and grasp of what is necessary to do for politics, the economy and society to advance.