Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cut Your Chain With Party Politics

If we remain defiant enough to keep voting for candidates associated with any political party, then we have no one but ourselves to blame.

As long as we do not want to be represented in government, we will continue to buy into the conventional wisdom of supporting one of the strong parties. This means you vote for a candidate representing the party rather than you or your area. Your representation is dead in the water the moment you mark the ballot.

A party demands adherence to the party line. Your chosen party member, fraudulently claiming to represent you, now just nods his or her head in agreement with the party leader. The party leader takes direction from party backers with pull, the corporate community. We are left with corporate-democracy, or corporatism.

In effect, every four years the electorate willingly votes away being represented in government. Though we have democracy, at least in form, we just refuse to understand how we can effectively participate in it:

Vote for an honest independent candidate from your district, or consider your vote in full support of corporatism.

It is that simple.

Change must come from below. We are that below. Change how we vote and democracy will be returned. We, the people, are a force to be reckoned with but only if unleashed. As soon as we cut the chain with party politics, we all walk free.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

In the Land of the Wilfully Blind

“There is a third possibility … an immediate Second World War-type mobilization to deal with the systemic [ecological] crises.” ~ Stephen Elliott-Buckley

I foresee a war too, but more along the lines of the revolutionary ilk. A quiet revolution is certainly not going to rise up from the dead understanding of our brain-numbed populace. That slow burning pipedream of mine is pretty much extinguished. With the inflationary population boom and our collective wisdom approaching zero, the only war erupting will be after all hell breaks loose. And, I dare say, not a moment sooner.

As products of our environment, namely our arrogant western culture which reaps most of the planetary rewards on the coattails of criminal governance, we have lost our ability to foresee even imminent peril. Without vision, there is no need to act. And that is exactly what we do: nothing. Maybe we never have had such ability. I have hope, but zero faith, we ever will.

My point is a simple one: Our style of governance and institutions of power reward, in the truest sense, the pathological type of person; in accepting this truth, the only way we can bring about the necessary, radical change to stop this pathological madness must be through a radical act. As the late Howard Zinn famously stated, “our problems are not with civil disobedience; our problems are with civil obedience”.

With no disrespect intended to those who have suffered from the senseless 9/11 tragedy, consider how a plane load of innocent folks, all in imminent danger, were brought to their graves. Far outnumbering their captors, they were overpowered by a few religious zealots with box-cutters. The hostages, with heads full of cultural propaganda, were rendered impotent. Right until the horrible end they hoped there would be a way out of their predicament -- even if they did absolutely nothing. The worst could not possibly happen.

We westerners do not have the mental fortitude to rise up against our captors, be they hijackers or our government. We stupefyingly hope we will be offered a way out not matter how dire the situation. We deceive ourselves into thinking the solution lay in government; and if not there, then in our technological prowess. In most any other realm, this is known as wishful thinking. Unfortunately, our Christian theological background has laid a strong foundation for such fantasies.

Long understood, those with enough power always act independently. They don't need to seek consent from others. The Empire does not ask if it can proceed. It doesn't consult the people before murdering millions for corporate gain. Yet simple arithmetic suggests the people have the power, if numbers mean anything at all in a democracy. How is it we have been so well-trained that this reality is impossible for us to see?

As Ayn Rand astutely noted, “the hardest thing to do is to convince people of what is glaringly obvious which they do not want to see”. What is obvious is that we have learned to enjoy being governed by others. There is no other plausible explanation.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mirror, Mirror

Violence solves nothing. It masks or postpones the social ills which violence itself, more often than not, creates.

My sympathies lay with the deluded young soldiers who have been lied to, mis-informed and filled with propaganda by the state, our schools, the media and often their equally mind-numbed parents.

My contempt lays with the ill-informed, immoral and unethical robber-baron hoods in government who bend over on command for the money-men.

The Empire has over 700 international military bases in over 130 nations. Canada is up to its neck as an accomplice to innumerable, barbaric crimes against humanity being perpetrated relentlessly since 1914. Of note, the U.S. Federal Reserve was created just in the nick-of-time to finance the Great War -- the first of many, massive foreign adventures forced on the world through incessant debt, enslaving its public in the process. If you think this is a coincidence, I can only imagine you are on the state payroll.

The Canadian government, full of sociopathic misfits and 3rd rate thinkers, lickspittle to Empire, star of the good government tragedy and daily thief of the people's wealth and ingenuity, is a disgrace to any clear-thinking individual with merely a hint of human compassion.

Was there not $1.1 billion dollars stolen from the people to finance security for a two-day, G-20 political bender? And still some 75 rabble-rousers shut the state’s mouth for 24 hours by breaking a few corporate windows and burning a prop-car. Then the state bared its teeth and began busting heads, essentially for nothing more than a hangnail in terms of misadventure and social unrest.

Meanwhile, speaking with its other face, our jackass government claims it is fighting terrorism. But it never asks itself why these defenseless people -- having their infrastructure, schools, hospitals, homes, families, friends and communities all destroyed so their resources can be claimed by our corporate piranhas for fiscal gain -- dare fight back against our liberating army of good will? Confused, our big moral dilemma stops at whether we bring in the Band-Aids before or after the DU-tipped bunker-busters explode.

Rather than extending a hand to lift these people out of the medieval age which their adherence to an old book has them trapped under, we rob them and F-up their world. This is just sick, demented, selfish, terroristic behaviour. This is the government. This is your government, the beast you think needs a little tweaking, a little discipline, a little polish, and its high morality will come to shine (if for no other reason than 'we mean well'). Unfortunately, this is the massive, political delusion we generally accept as true.

I am so tired of our barbaric thugs parading behind the shield of government, operating like mafia gangsters, extorting the efforts of not only our citizens and our communal property but also having the sanctimonious gall, without shame or remorse, to audaciously commit war crimes elsewhere in our name.

This is our fault, Canadians. We let them behave this way. Only with understanding can we terminate this national deception. We MUST demand more from ourselves.