Saturday, January 30, 2010

Canada's Pro-Democracy Movement

Good summation of the Cons' latest attacks on 'democracy' over the last few months.

That they are getting away with it is, as a protester in the vid states, pretty much our own fault. Notable how little media attention was paid to Harper's interview with Business News Network two weeks ago in which he characterized Parliament as an impediment to business.

South of the "longest undefended border in the world", Chris Hedges uses political philosopher Sheldon Wolin's term “inverted totalitarianism” to describe how Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction :

"The fiction of democracy remains useful, not only for corporations, but for our bankrupt liberal class. If the fiction is seriously challenged, liberals will be forced to consider actual resistance, which will be neither pleasant nor easy. As long as a democratic facade exists, liberals can engage in an empty moral posturing that requires little sacrifice or commitment. They can be the self-appointed scolds of the Democratic Party, acting as if they are part of the debate and feel vindicated by their cries of protest."

Up here, our primary concern still seems to be keeping that border open for business, even at the risk of losing a toehold on our own struggles towards democracy.



Anonymous said...

Alison, no2010dotcom just went offline.

West End Bob said...

Thank you so much for the Chris Hedges article link, Lady Alison.

It's an excellent synopsis of what's gone wrong with the US political system . . . .

Kim said...

Sad and true, Alison. Also, the no HST website got lost on Friday. Hmmm.

Alison said...

Thanks, Kim.
"On Friday afternoon NO BC HST - the biggest Facebook group in British Columbia, with over 130,000 members - suddenly disappeared without a trace!
Another large Facebook group I created in 2008 - Axe The BC Gas Tax - has also completely disappeared!"

~ Sites owner, Bill Tieleman
Tieleman's office was once broken into and ransacked also.

Anon : No2010dotcom is back up.

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