Crisis in Solidarity Quebec: the self-destructive left, here as elsewhere in the world

Crisis in Solidarity Quebec: the self-destructive left, here as elsewhere in the world
Crisis in Solidarity Quebec: the self-destructive left, here as elsewhere in the world

From the start, the crisis shaking Québec solidaire has been analyzed from two dimensions.

First, it would be an internal management problem. It would be a problem of structures and a conflict of personalities.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois would exercise control over the party. He would like to be leader, in a party that does not allow him. This criticism was embodied by the accusation of “boys club” and the “clique of professionals” surrounding GND.

Then, it was GND’s “pragmatism” posture that was vilified.

His proposal for a “pragmatic left” to become a “party of government” would only be another name for a “fearful and calculating left” and its “submission to media and algorithmic demands”.

Here I repeat the words of the letter from Catherine Dorion and her acolytes published in The Press.

Everything has been said, written and analyzed on this.

That said, there is something that we do not mention, and which is essential to understand the solidarity setbacks of today. It requires removing our noses from our Quebec window.

This thing is the failure of all the “radical left” political parties in the West in recent years.

The creation of QS and its cousins

Let’s go back briefly to understand.

Since the 2000s, a range of “radical left” parties that wanted to “overcome capitalism” were born after years of power of the “social democratic left”.

It was the era of Labor Tony Blair in the United Kingdom, of Democrat Bill Clinton in the United States and of PQ Lucien Bouchard in Quebec.

This “radical left” was disappointed that the latter had stopped questioning capitalism, and in the same movement, accepted neoliberalism. Disappointed that we simply want to correct the excesses of capitalism, rather than abolish it.

In response, it deserted, then organized itself into political parties.

This is the case with QS at home (2006), Syriza in Greece (2004), Die Linke in Germany (2007), Podemos in Spain (2014), France Insoumise in France (2016).

All these parties have essentially the same voters (educated urbanites), the same ideology (ecology, diversity, social injustice), the same labels (condescension and disconnection from majorities), and the same electoral ceilings (of 5 at 20%).

While these parties have enjoyed success here and there, they are all in decline today. All overtaken by the populist or identitarian right which, for its part, succeeds in channeling citizen anger. And this decline creates internal disputes. This is exactly what QS is experiencing today.

The detractors who signed the letter against GND

It takes a curious imagination to believe that it is by radicalizing Québec solidaire that things will improve for it, as suggested by the letter “Reinventing our bankrupt democracy” from Catherine Dorion and 39 other signatories, mentioned earlier.

We wonder what the latter’s destination is when their starting point is the bankruptcy of Quebec democracy and the most complete contempt for parliamentary institutions. We always go too far for people who aren’t going anywhere, said Pierre Falardeau.



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