Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Are Canadians resigned to the current repressive methods of the Harper Regime?

“Fascism creeps; and one of its hallmarks is that by the time you realize you're in it, it's too late to do anything about it.” We see where things are going, but it’s like watching a train wreck -- “that slow-motion horror in your head, the disbelief, the sense that nobody can hear you screaming, and the sickening knowledge that there's nothing you can do to stop what you know is coming.” (Sara Robinson )

There’s a considerable degree of credibility in this scenario since, given the utter failure of our representative political system, the now absolute division between power and politics in that system, we have become completely powerless to change things in time. Our government  clearly serves corporate Canada, in particular the financial sector and big oil, not the people of Canada. (This abject condition  is merely a watered down, subtler version of the U.S. government’s relation to corporate America.*)  Despite all our protests, letters to the editor, petitions, teach-ins, marches, tweets, blog posts, sit-ins, and occupy efforts, we remain powerless since our only  real leverage in such a tyranny is the ballot box.  But by the time the next election rolls around, even if we mange to engage the mainstream in a recognition of the danger, the utter destruction of both democracy and the environment  in Canada may be irreversible.

* I would argue that we are significantly more powerless than the Americans because parliamentary procedure has allowed the Regime to exercise pathological, serial abusive power on bill after bill - most obviously with omnibus bills and closure. Congress, as dysfunctional as it is, gives more power in its discursive formats to individual representatives than our whipped MPs, and dissenting voices are frequently heard on both the left and the right.


  1. I disagree, the people have *always* had the power. The grand illusion is our dependency.

    The ballot box? Fascist countries love elections. Theres a new headline every day on election fraud.

    I've written more about this subject here: http://canadiantrends.blogspot.ca/2012/05/subserviant-syndrome.html

    1. I'm arguing neither for nor against people power as such and neither for nor against electoral power as such. I'm simply saying in these particular circumstances, given this particular time frame, we are powerless to stop the aggressive destruction of both our democratic institutions and the environment. It will take much longer than three years for real organized progressive grass roots power to emerge, so that our first opportunity to shift ground significantly while that process continues is the next federal election, even though we know how completely inadequate and dysfunctional that system is.