By samanthaorwell on January 18, 2008 - 5:27pm
New to local politics (and I mean really new to local politics, I've been digesting both COPE and Visions platforms to decide which party I'd like to officially support. After looking at their respective websites I still couldn't really say for sure. Both have their appeal in completely different ways. In the sure-fire working-class corner there's COPE which champions for the poor and working poor. They appeal to people who know that they are working class, or to those who take Marxist ideals personally. Vision, on the other hand, appeals to the "socially conscious" middle class. In other words (or at least in my opinion), it appeals to those who don't know they are working class or would rather not think about themselves in such a way (myself included). My personal conflict choosing between the two parties involves both my deep intellectual belief in Marxism coupled with my personal dislike of understanding my stance as working-class- factors I'll need to reconcile if I'm to choose either way. But first a little backgrounder-
A little history on the COPE-Vision split care of Wikipedia:
Vision Vancouver is one of three parties represented on Vancouver City Council in Vancouver, Canada. Vision was formed in the months leading up to the 2005 municipal election.