Sunday, February 23, 2014

Read this now: Kirby Cairo

Excellent commentary.

...Such a treasonous act undertaken by the government itself is something that requires more than rarefied political discourse. People have to be woken up to the dangers of an encroaching fascism, to a government that is attempting to gradually replace our democratic system with an autocracy in which any democratic processes have been rendered exercises in futility, and where, by extension, the government serves a narrow corporate interest and a small percentage of wealthy patrons.

It is difficult to live in a society which is inching gradually toward autocracy as many of the citizens seem to blithely ignore the coming danger. There is a certain nonchalant attitude taken by many to the dangerous and insidious actions of a government that is falling into fascism. They have trouble believing that it "can happen here" or that our traditions can be subverted and perverted by a bunch of men dressed in suits. But not every coup is a violent one and sometimes what is best in a society is lost in a quite war of attrition.
The Liberals won't call what Harper is doing "fascism" for two reasons, both of which have to do with what they see in the mirror. First, they haven't the balls because they still think Canada is a "nice" country and using that word to describe the Harper regime is too uncomfortable and impolite.  Second, they'd have to confront their own ideology which likes trade, markets, and the private sector, albeit with a little more professionalism than the outright malicious thuggery of the assholes currently holding the reigns. They really believe in thuggery.

The NDP won't use it because they haven't the balls either and are moving closer to the centre. A bit of power in a one-off election and they want more. Getting more means drawing votes away from the Liberals. Drawing votes from the Liberals means looking more like the Liberals. Looking more like the Liberals means looking wet.

Meanwhile, the Harper fascists will legislate themselves into perpetuity and we'll be nice enough not protest too much and upset things.


Kirbycairo said...

Thanks for the nod GB. It is, I suppose, a sign of a culture of comfort (or maybe decadence) that the people can be so easily lulled into a state of mindless compliance. I blame it all on lack of poetry.

Danneau said...

True that.

West End Bob said...

Depressing to think about, Boris, but I wish more Canadian voters would do just that:

Think about it . . . .

the salamander said...

.. the situation is dire .. the toxic ideology of Stephen Harper and his cadre of a thousand or more complicits - MP's, unelected PMO, corporatist partners in policy.. plus donors, volunteers and Harper Party rabid partisans..

.. we don't need an election to identify criminal behaviour, the Federal Courts have already determined this Harper Government is breaking the law by continuing to not act in defense of Endangered Species.

.. this government must admit it is intentionally breaking our Canadian Law in this matter, explain on who's behalf and step down in disgrace, accordingly.

At the same time, on all other violations, the same process of revelations of failure or incompetance or illegal behaviour must precede admission.. and consequence.

These are not election issues.. they are issues clearly requiring dissolution of this rabid, runaway government and examination of the twisted political apparatus co-joined to it. Sociopathy is becoming an acceptable aspect of governance ?

Steve said...

the problem with politics. No party wants proportional representation because they all believe they deserve to rule without handcuffs. Same goes for fighting Harper. They all believe he will fall and they can inherit his power.

I will never forgive Jack Layton for his craven defeating of Martin. Thus unleashing the full horror of Harper.

Alison said...

Be it resolved :
1)The party machinery behind the various parties we have pledged allegiance to in the past are knaves and fools, and yet
2)Somehow we have to convince them that both our support and their continued existence depends on their ability to work together to stop Harper

Renter said...

Somehow it is always Layton's fault. Go figure. Paul Martin could have just said yes to the deal Layton offered, but no, it's never Martin's fault for being a dumbass and refusing to work with the NDP.

Martin said no first.

Not that it's actually worth re-hashing ancient history in the face of what is happening now, but I suffer from SIWOTI Syndrome. Forgive me.

the Keystone Garter said...

Poetry is okay. I just heard the hidden WWII message (again) in "Sweet Child of Mine"; a nice reward once you cultivate your faculties. I couldn't hear much until I stopped being so angry. I guess breaking from a certain afterlife and lack of much moral responsibility in my teens, stayed with me for around 15 yrs.
External wars and developing WMDs are a means to power in a dictatorship, not so much in a western democracy where persuation encourages education, and education often leads to Q-of-L gains. Educated people are often potential threats in dictatorships. I can't really apply this to the Ukraine at present. In Egypt democracy can lead to hatred, and the present system seems to be that such Parties are removed from power if possible.
A sensor network that especially encompasses AI, bioweapons, its own risk of tyranny, and infatry-police-defeating weaponry, seems the most rational means to utlitarianism. It is a very esoteric argument that your own past self having personal value on a rational level (of course emotions triggered have value), means others and future other should have value to you as well...this would escape or be ignored by people even if widely taught. But it is possibly true the best societal goal is to engender a system of gvmt and or society conducive to realizing the most rational means to utilitarianism. You could measure and rank how rational or how utilitarian a society is. Sociology was in vogue in the 1970s because being around people makes you reasonably loyal, but it has communist/socialist flaws.
The key is how rationality and utilitarianism are related. I think Atari and school tests made me want to be a leader and Platoon taught me how.
Mathematicians viewing a formula like art may be a clue. As is that youths exposed to screens have less empathy than Gen Y (but some computing helps with logic no doubt). The Social Credit foundation of the CPC isn't rational enough to be good.

The Mound of Sound said...

@ Renter. Layton cut the NDP's anchor chain to the Left and, in that, he betrayed Canada by leaving that flank undefended. He Blairified the NDP and Mulcair is following in his footsteps. To hell with both of them.

@ Boris. This is spot on. Thanks.

MgS said...

I spent a bunch of time laying out Harper's unique brand of Fascism last May.