Why we're losing - and how to start winning
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Knowledge is like a candle. When you light your candle from mine, my light is not diminished. It is enhanced and a larger room is enlightened as a consequence. - Thomas Jefferson
"Everything is worse now than when I started.." Daniel Berrigan
Losing? Yes - Losing ....
Who's losing? We are - those who want a decent, social-democratic society, behaving like a modern, advanced Democracy, looking after all of its citizens decently, being a strong force for good in the world. The poverty rate in this country is now abysmal, we are one of the leading capitalist rogue states in the world, following the US where they want bombing and destroying countries whose governments they do not like, half our citizens are one paycheck away from disaster, our kids can't afford university, people are dying in emergency rooms for lack of doctors, etc etc etc - the corporate propaganda media, one of our main problems, does what it can to keep our sweet child brains in candycaneland, but these facts are undeniable to the thinking person, and something we should be very, very worried about, not allowing ourselves to be lulled into complacence like the Germans in the 1930s - there is serious business going on here, which is leading to some very, very bad places, if those of us who see do not soon become much stronger in our opposition to what is becoming of our country.
Yes - we were once an almost great country, and working with joy and enthusiasm to correct the things that weren't so great, and become ever greater. But then something happened - and for the last 30 years, we have been getting less and less great. Yes, there is still much to be proud of, much that was created during the years and decades leading up to the 60s and 70s of which remnants still remain, but we are on a slippery slope going downhill faster and faster, the once-almost-great society getting poorer and poorer for more and more of us, and we need to be thinking about this, wondering why we have been going backwards instead of forwards for the last 40 years, wondering how things got this bad so fast, wondering if this is all some kind of natural decay, or if there is some driving force making things as they are that we could change, if we understood what was happening better, and were fighting all of these backward changes more effectively. Actually when you think of it, there's not really much to celebrate about our country these days, if we think about things honestly - if we don't stop this descent we've been on for the last few decades very soon, we'll be off the edge and truly into the abyss, and getting back on the road to greatness we were once on will be on hold for god knows how many generations, if the new 'masters of the world' ever allow us to, if they don't entirely destroy the world we live on first.
And no - I'm not talking about 'economic' problems, falling GDP, problems with the housing market, falling loony, bad oil prices, high unemployment, student debt, people wanting to retire but no savings, etc - these are problems, yes, but they are symptoms of the much deeper problems we have, deep and serious problems that very few people seem to understand, so although quite a few people are trying to deal with environmental problems, or increasing debt and poverty, or 'democratic deficits', almost nobody is recognizing and facing the elephant in the room that is causing all of the problems.
Which is what I want to talk about in the coming pages.
Losing to who? Those who want nothing to do with democracy, but see themselves as the new Lords in a new feudal society of a small elite running their wealthy society, with a large mass of powerless, ignorant serfs maintaining them in the way to which they wish to become accustomed. Like the good old days before the ideas of 'democracy' got loose in Europe a few hundred years ago, and grew into a real nuisance in the years after WWII.
Losing what, you ask?
Everything. Our lives, our country, our world, our planet, our children's futures, our minds, our freedoms, our chance to become something notable, good, in this universe.
We believe almost anything we hear on 'the news' in terms of what they say about why they do what they do - and almost all of those things are lies. For example, politicians and news pundits and economics 'analysts' all wring their hands and cry crocodile tears about the ongoing 'financial crisis' as if it were some act of god or nature completely beyond anyone's control, but it's all a huge fraud, completely controlled by the same people who control the money, to give themselves more power and reduce our own wealth, and this instability could be almost completely controlled by the passing of a few laws and some public education about what is really going on (many people understand this, you just will **never** hear them on the corporate propaganda media); the 'terrorism scare' and all things related is just another massive lie (many people understand this, i.e. 'terrorism' - a self-fulfilling prophecy, but you won't hear this kind of thing on the CBC ...), again engineered by those in power and spread by their complicit media, to justify their creation of a lockdown-ready police state around us, to control us when we finally start to understand all the lies they tell us and try to get rid of them; the idea we live in a 'democracy', and that the 'featured' political parties we are given every few years to choose from are actually in any serious way 'different' is another big lie; the idea the media are 'free' and thus we can rely on what they tell us, another lie; they say their 'free trade' deals will make us all rich, but they are again lying, they say we have to 'honor the debt', but the 'debts' are complete frauds, and etc.
One thing is true - as they said about a certain US president a few years ago - how do you know he's lying? His lips are moving. Without exception, with everything of any importance they talk about on the media, they are lying. (yes, that includes 'global warming' - global warming may indeed be happening, or not, but if it is, it is much more involved with long term natural fluctuations than being caused by man - they are making a big issue out of it simply to occupy a great deal of time and energy that should be spent on more important things, things involved with how our country is run by an oligarchy for the interests of the few such as outlined above, and if we want **any**thing to change, we need to be fighting for a true democracy of informed, engaged citizens.)
When you engage, or try to engage, these people in debate, working from the basic assumption that they just have different ideas than you do that they are honestly expressing, and thus (you think) you can talk to them logically and make them see reason - you've lost before you even start. It's like a rabbit trying to logically explain to the hungry wolf why it shouldn't eat you. You are never going to 'change their minds', because they know they are lying, and their job is not to engage you honestly and perhaps reach a compromise of some kind, but to continually put forward rationalisations to block you - 'rationalisations' which will again be a lot of lies as much as anything else. They know the 'truth' would see them 'lose' any of these 'debates' (and in many if not most if not all of these 'discussions' actually lay them open to serious criminal charges and a life in jail). For example, when they say 'free trade will be good for Canada!!' - they lie, they **know** what kind of 'free trade' they are trying to impose will make them wealthier, and be an attack on the incomes of a very high number of working Canadians, and also reduce the little power remaining with pretend-democratic governments to challenge the power of the wealthy (a strong democratic government is a democratic government free from money worries and not controlled by people holding 'debt'). They know these things, and they know that if they tell the truth, they will never convince Canadians to agree to their plans, so their only choice is to lie, and to control the means of public information so things they need to keep away from the public debate are kept away from it.
And lie and control they do. The national debt is the same - a massive lie, and every politician at a senior level who whines they have to cut spending on programs helpful to Canadians to 'pay down the debt' is just lying through their teeth in the service of their real masters.
We are losing because almost everyone is completely ignorant of these things, and when told about them react with instant kneejerk denial, barking out slogans like 'Oh stupid conspiracy theory haha!!' like the well trained Pavlovian dog salivating when the bell rings.
We are never going to defeat the Great Wizard if we keep fighting the false smoke-and-noise dragons he sets racing around the country, using his media to feed us endless lies about what is happening, to tell us all we have to Fight the Dragons!!!, while he remains safe and comfy behind his curtain, a curtain which is quite vulnerable to open eyes, and brains not controlled by the Great Free Press!!! media dragon, and the equally influential Great Education System!!! dragon.
A few understand, many don't. Some are in denial, some are well paid to help people not understand, to keep the soma flowing while the blood is extracted. Some understand something is happening here, but don't know what it is, do you, Mr Jones. Some don't care - those who are winning provide lots of toys and spectacle and drugs and cynicism to help you maintain a very shallow 'in the now!' (lack of) perspective and not care about what tomorrow might bring, and of course the same people look after their managerial class pretty well so it's easy to pretend things are fine.
If you understand, and want to fight, or if you don't really understand but know some bad shit is going down and don't want to go down with it, and aren't ready to give up and want to understand, and aren't finding any happiness in the places they direct people like you - I wrote this to try and help.
The only way out of a nightmare is by waking up.
I wrote this to try to help wake people up.
(I have a bit more on this at the end of the first section, but if you want a bit more on why you're not maybe as ok as you think you are, you can skip ahead to II-14: But *I'M** Ok Jack!! - epiphany time is here, son, or the end of Canada. You can be part of the solution, or remain part of the problem.)
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