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Some recent writings
*It's not 'the left' trying to take over the world and shut down free speech and all that other bad stuff - it's 'the right'!!
*CBC believes Science is under siege - from stupid anti-science Canadians!!!
*Taking on the CBC et-al measles/vaccination mafia/witch hunt mob in 2015
*As goes democracy so goes journalism
Some always-relevant older writings
*Notes on the Creation of the Canadian Narrative: The Canadian Media and the 2008 Election
*What Happened?
*The Beer Story - a true story of "justice" on PEI
*PEI Revival Plan
*Prince Edward Island Rustico Farmers' Bank Scrip

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Green Island, Dave's magnum opus, a story of a modern social democracy where We the People have finally displaced the bankers from our government, and established the first real Democracy on our planet. The old rulers are not about to sit idly by and allow the work of centuries to be undone by a band of hippies, of course, and attempt a regime change with their military arm, the US hegemon. This regime change attempt gets a bit of a shock, however. Green Island too has something a little harder under the green glove.

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A Serpent's Tale - Dave's parable about what we are doing to our planet - when you look into the abyss, even if you have no idea what you are doing - be careful - the abyss is looking back ...

And a book for younger readers too, Dave's an eclectic sort of person - Aquila

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"..any totalitarian culture seeks to destroy history, seeks to destroy memory, because it doesn't want people to understand how we got here .." - Chris Hedges interview (42:00 ....)

Part II Chapter 2

Creating a new narrative - CRR begins

The coordinating part, the underlying 'big longterm strategy', of what these new wouldbe feudal masters' strategists have done over the last 4 decades or so of the corporate reactionary revolution, taking over 'our' democracy and 'our' media and 'our' economy, is to basically slowly insinuate themselves into the writer's seat of our national narrative, creating a kind of behind-the-scenes Orwellian Ministry of Truth, where they have subtly but surely been creating a coordinated false narrative of not only our current society, but also airbrushing and spinning our history and culture to create a past that supports the present they want us to believe, very much as Orwell described in his Ministry of Truth from his great prognostic 1984, resulting in a false set of beliefs insinuated into and over and around and replacing our, as a society, old set of ideas, our perception of who and what we are as a country and people, how we want to organise our society, the 'external forces' that we must deal with, and so on. Some redirection of perspective here, some careful airbrushing there, some slow dimming of some lights and turning on of others, resulting over time in a new way of thinking about or understanding our past, our story, a new narrative of 'our country', and even world. As a bit of makeup can change a skillful actor's face and a bit of creative body language her entire physical presence so the casual observer would have no idea of the real person beneath - now 'our' national narrative, the story most of us believe and our children are taught in school about who and what we are as Canada and Canadians, who and what we were and how we got where we are, is based on a generally accurate presentation of historical events, but spun just enough to give most people a set of ideas or beliefs which seem true enough, but, like any great lie, has some very important false ideas and holes, some outright deceptions and missing bits which, together, in the long term, are herding those who are captured within the parameters of the false narrative into a smaller and ever more restricted space, from where those who would be rulers can easily control them.

This space, and its boundaries, are, of course, more in the mind than in our actual physical environment, although of course the physical aspects of our world are also being slowly but thoroughly gated and surrounded by 'Do as you are told!!!!' guard dogs for anyone showing signs of resistance, along with the mental spaces to avoid unwanted contamination or escape, a population almost completely subservient to the increasingly ever-present 'lockdown for your own safety!! new-gestapo-police' with nowhere at all to escape to either mentally or physically, and subconsciously, and importantly, reinforce the unspoken but very real reality that someone else is in control, our 'freedom' is limited, both physically and in what it is ok for us to think or believe or even say in many situations. Orwell did not have everything right, of course, few fictional prognosticators have a perfect record and the future has things nobody anticipates, and we need also to consider Huxley's Brave New World, in which the citizens were equally thoroughly managed, but in Huxley's world, rather than oppressive living conditions and 'big brother' with the iron fist for those who resisted, the 'managed citizens' were given a pseudo Utopia in which to live, a world of candy and drugs and endless entertainment which seemed heavenly to them (or they were well indoctrinated to believe was heaven on earth), and which they loved, as children love playing in a well-stocked playroom provided by a loving 'big mother', with no access to the decision-making councils of their world, but not caring because they loved and trusted their leaders - as I will talk about later, our 'realtime' Brave New World, or New World Order, is a combination of both Orwell and Huxley, a nice sandbox for the chosen kids to play in, the second-tier managers of our modern world, and a dystopian ghetto of toil and poverty and ignorance and crime and violence - something of Hobbes' 'short brutish lives' - for the masses of unchosen, whose lives of misery are carefully kept out of the consciousness of the happy managerial class and their candybox disneyland world.

It is not a quick process, such an undertaking, such a re-imaging of the very basic beliefs an entire society has of itself - it is not a soldier making a 'quick left turn!' on the instant, but more a matter like changing the course of a huge oil tanker lumbering along through the ocean - the course changes may seem very tiny a few hundred miles out at sea, but will, after a time, result in reaching a very different location when land is finally reached - a destination whoever is setting the course wants to go but most people would have active resistance to if they understood what was really happening (one might consider the different understandings of what was happening of most Germans very happy with what Hitler was doing in the early and mid-1930s, in contrast to their final destination a few short years later, when reality no longer was deniable, at which time also was lost any chance they might have had to change the outcome...).

But those who would be our modern new god-kings, or feudal lords, are very patient, as befits the top game players we face, as noted throughout, and very capable of taking a long term view, as their 'bigger game' has extended over centuries, and the current 'battle' in this modern 'game of thrones' is but one chapter in a much bigger narrative, a situation they understand well but few of 'we the people' do, a strategy they are waiting patiently to play out, while we the workers, we the peasants, we the ruled, are very much more focused on the 'here and now', the daily 'must do' work to simply get bread on the table and maintain the shelter, and finding time for the 'simple pleasures' of life we wish in this our one short lifetime, naturally dominate the lesser non-elite lives - it is only with the classes to whom daily maintenance is long taken care of and secure forever who have time to study the bigger issues in life, or undertake the long-term strategies of the top-level 'game of thrones'. The stakes have ever been escalating over the centuries, of course, and it appears that the current battle may be the last one, a hand with stakes so high and wild that once won, they will never need to play another, or at least for a very, very long time into the future.

Like the frog in the almost boiled water not realising what is wrong, not aware of the great difference in temperature between the water he got into at first and the change that has slowly happened, slowly making him soup, to understand what is happening now in our country, we need to understand and then think about what things were like before the changes leading to our current situation were begun, and work out how we got from the first to the last - was it inevitable in some way, like old age or snowstorms in winter, a natural slowing down and winding up of a life or society - or something more sinister - a cancer invading a young body that should have decades of good life left as it moves gracefully into maturity for a good long life of happiness, a parasite, an illness that is not a 'natural end' of something, but that can be prevented, and cured if detected and understood and fought in time.

The Narrative ...

It can help to make things clear if we understand the idea of the 'Narrative' of our, or any, society, and how that narrative grows and changes. I have been doing some of that in the earlier chapters, turning some lights on aspects of 'our' history not covered in the education system, or modern media, that help to explain why we are in the current situation we are in, that are necessary to understand, to see fully what is happening around us today. But let us focus our examination a bit, as there are some shorter-term things that need to be understood to get today's situation in clearer focus.

Every society, every culture, every civilisation, every tribe, has a 'narrative', as every person has their own life story, their own family story, the story of their community, and filling these in with any other more personal or local narratives they see themselves as part of - the history of their profession, or the natural world, or anything else they wonder about and feel part of. These things are not simply 'history', which includes not only your personal and family histories, but the larger history of where you live and the society you are part of, but it is a much more expansive idea, the 'narrative', more really of an entire worldview, a Weltanschauung, involving the way we see ourselves in our world and society, the various beliefs found in the society and how they mingle together, the cultural history of the society and its people, the many groups which make up the society, and many other things.

You might imagine, for example, the narrative of a Ku Klux Klanner in 1960s Alabama, as versus the narrative of an upper class Englishman in the 1900s; the narrative of a native American before the Europeans came back in the 1400s, versus the narrative of a 'modern' Muslim rioting to burn and kill people who, in their minds, have insulted their god. You might imagine the narrative of a settler to Canada in the 1800s versus the narrative of a Stephen Hawking. You might imagine the narrative of America, as believed by most Americans, in the 1950s or 2000s, as versus the narrative of the Chinese people of the same period. You might imagine thousands and thousands of such narratives, all different, but all very fundamental to the lives and beliefs of those who share them.

And for the purposes of this short exploration into what is happening in the country of Canada today, you need to do a bit of thinking about the difference between the narrative of Canada in the 1960s and 70s, and compare it to the narrative of Canada in the 2000s going into the 2010s.

It is an enlightening process.

People may disagree on various details of the narrative, or have different interpretations of different aspects of it, or be so engrossed in their personal lives like children they may not be aware of anything they do not need to deal with in their own small worlds, but the story of our country, whether lesser details and a broader scope like a 'history of civilisation', or a smaller scope with more details, such as a version of the history of a country like Canada or a smaller subset - the history of medicine, or the military, or certain people getting the vote, or a particular university, or a person's own family history, and the many thousands of other things that collectively make us what we are, are real things.

It's a very organic narrative, of course, and continually changes over time, as we ourselves and our societies grow and change, our beliefs change, we have new experiences, people come from other societies in numbers large enough to have an impact on the larger picture or story, we have great new technological advances and inventions and ideas and things that change our interaction with the world and one another, and, of course, as we age, both personally and as a society, sharing the best ideas with new generations for them to work with and grow from, become 'wiser', in the sense of more knowledgeable about everything - Newton standing on the shoulders of giants in a societal sense. And throughout most of our modern history, there have been many threads to our 'Canadian' narrative, reflecting the many stories of the many kinds of people who were here originally, and who later came to the 'new world of promise', and how they all interacted and changed because of this - workers and artisans and cultural groups and spiritual groups and commercial groups and ruling groups, the increasing recognition in modern societies that we really are a 'yin/yang' race and the input of the feminine, so long marginalised in western societies at least, is as important to a 'full maturity' as is the male, the young and old influences, in the many levels of society, of course the influence of the rich, the powerful, the predatory, as they are much more dominant in pushing for their version of society as opposed to the simpler desires of the average person - all of these things, and many others, mixing together as various groups do what they can to make their society resemble the kind of society they want to live in. And this story, seen through a lens of trying to understand it all truthfully, never easy of course, but trying honestly is the key, is, together, the 'narrative' of our society, of every society.

The 'democracy' narrative -

A major influence on any 'narrative', of course, dating back to the earliest writings, is another truth oft recognized but not really talked about much as we are taught our somewhat-airbrushed history - winners write the history books, and most winners want to present themselves in a favorable light, which naturally involves the corollary of presenting 'the losers', whoever they may be, in a bad light, particularly when 'the winners' may have done some things to 'the losers' that might not be seen in a good light were they known (i.e. the genocide of the native inhabitants by the Europeans as they laid claim to the area that would later be known as the USA or, closer to home, our own often simply horrible treatment of many of the native Canadians over the last few hundred years, much of it ongoing today, various efforts to mitigate the horrors notwithstanding) - and thus, another corollary, the 'narrative' as expressed in the written histories, or even current histories as recorded daily in the media, may not be entirely reflective of any 'true' narrative of the society involved. This fact is more true today than ever before, with the control of the mainstream media in very few hands, all of them extremely wealthy corporate interests with some very clear ideas of what they want our society to be, or not be, which desires are also, it must follow, those of the corporate-controlled mainstream media - and the corporate-controlled governments which control the education systems. Ideas which might not sit so well with the majority of people here were they honestly presented. The modern narrative, as expressed by the rulers, extolling the wonders and greatness of capitalism as an economic system is something other than the 'whole truth and nothing but the truth thank you ma'am', as talked about in more detail elsewhere - the narrative of 'the common man' being a somewhat less laudatory narrative of robber barons and sweatshops, opposition to progress for the common man, etc. The narrative of the Confederacy of the United States c. 1800 would appear very different if considered by one of the wealthy plantation owners of the time - or if considered by the slaves he owned - and yet again different if considered by an honest witness, aware of both sub-narratives, and the many others of the day.

In our modern 'western English' history I am mainly concerned with shining a bit of a light on here to help understand what we are losing, and why, starting very broadly on the field of Runnymede a thousand years ago, and finishing, for the purposes of this brief preamble, on our Canada around 1970, the voices of those who wanted freedom and equality and democracy, forcing back the older forces of unlimited power for people claiming to be Kings and Lords, had been increasingly louder over the centuries, standing together to confront the voices of those who wished to maintain their traditional class society, the society not only of entrenched 'royalty', but also including, since the rise of the 'merchant class' and then the industrial barons emerging through the so-called 'industrial revolution', the 'owners of business and industry' who had accumulated great wealth and had no intention of letting the workers get their hands on it, fighting democratic progress of any sort tooth and nail, doling out the smallest portion of that wealth to the workers who did the actual work that created it they could get away with. As talked about in a bit more detail in the 'democracy' chapter earlier, these voices, and movements, struggled together in our narrative right up until the 1960s and 70s, with voices of Equality and Democracy becoming ever stronger in our western English almost-realised-democracies following the great destruction caused by the rulers during the period of the two-parted great war and the great depression between them, and the voices claiming the right of eternal rule by Privilege being forced ever more on the defensive, their claims to wealth and power being ever more challenged. As also noted, the elite strategists of 'those who would be kings', in the best 'use your enemy's strength against them' strategy, allowed the people to appear to have some successes in this fight, whilst maintaining the 'real' power behind the scenes - the story of the apparent successes is thus presented in the history books they control as 'real' successes - as we see today still, we are supposed to have, to believe we have, a 'real democracy' today, with the MPs we elect making the real decisions, but as is so obvious, and described earlier, the 'real' decisions, very undemocratic all, are made behind the scenes somewhere. That we cannot see this decision making process in action every day on the television does not mean it does not happen - as with the early scientists who sussed out the non-apparent facts the earth was not flat, or the existence of atoms, or the 'germs' which caused disease, just because we cannot see something with our own eyes, or some 'official' somewhere is not writing about it, or even writing against it, does not mean it is not a fundamental truth of some importance.

The narrative as it was ~1970 .....

{{ The 60s, the voice that shaped a generation - something almost forgotten these days }}

And, to paint a portrait in broad strokes, the story of Canada, the narrative most of us old enough to remember those days shared based on a shared knowledge of our history and current lives, by the 1960s and into the 1970s was becoming one of hope and optimism. We, or our parents, and theirs, and generations going back to the earliest days of the country, had fought through some difficult times, but by the post-WWII years Democracy was beginning to finally at least hold its own, and at times even look like it might be getting the upper hand, with the 'robber barons' and 'royal families' of the 1900s and first half of the 20th century still among us behaving as an elite with the still-existing massive bank accounts, but their power and influence on our government being successfully challenged, and becoming just one voice among others rather than the dominant influence, as in those post-WWII days the people, more aware of world events and hardened and mature after the two world wars and great depression they had experienced, were tired of the politics of 'crony capitalism' and Big Business running their country of, by and for the wealthy, and were electing politicians who shared our and their dreams of a better country and life for all of us. Populist presidents in the US such as Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Kennedy, and PMs or influential leaders such as King, Diefenbaker, TC Douglas and Trudeau in Canada, among many other lesser names, all taking their responsibility to 'work for the people' seriously, daring to stand up to 'big money', and make at least some efforts to improve the lives of their citizens (certainly some at least may have done so with some reluctance, pacifying popular movements rather than actually embracing them, as Roosevelt is said to have done with his 'New Deal', but the effect was still the same - improved conditions for average people). By the 60s and 70s in Canada, social programs such as full healthcare for everyone, free lower education and affordable, subsidized higher education, unemployment insurance for those who could not find work or lost jobs, old age pensions for those who needed money to live when they retired, regulations to control less-than-honest or predatory 'business' people and bankers (a central part of Roosevelt's 'New Deal'), and many, many other things were demanded and instituted to make their, and our, lives better, more comfortable and safe in an increasingly egalitarian country, programs to allow and encourage us to truly dream of becoming 'all we could be' as true human beings in a less violent, modern, prosperous world with fewer and fewer people trapped in poverty, one way or another, with most of the freedoms we could want, and a nurturing family, community and 'just' society within which to grow. The country was moving into the modern age, with great infrastructure projects like the St Lawrence Seaway and trans-Canada highway and electricity and telephones and accessible healthcare and education for all, and the opening of government offices all across the country to serve the people - money was no problem, we were a rich country, and giving ourselves the prosperous life and home we, or our ancestors, had worked so hard, for so long, to create.

The young generation was equally emboldened in the 60s, engaging in mass protests against an unpopular war, against the expectations of the 'owners of industry' that their lives be spent in cold grey offices in grey flannel suits and cold factories, instead demanding joy and love along with an end to war, openly rebelling against the 'established order'. Unions became a central part of the national infrastructure and debate, speaking in one united voice for the working population of the country in opposition to the coordinated voice of the ruling class and their wishes for a poor, ignorant, compliant working force, demanding decent hours and pay and working and living conditions, and getting them. It was a full spectrum cultural revolution underway during those glory years of our country, our entire western English-speaking society, with books, music, theater, the mainstream media, and public intellectuals of the day all sharing the revolution and all together embracing their proposed great new world with excitement and enthusiasm.

In our part of the great social-democratic revolution of the 60s here in Canada, there were great poet-musicians proudly and optimistically writing and singing about a better world and our Canadian heritage, with voices such as Lightfoot, Mitchell, Cohen, Young, Buffy St Marie, many others, following in the footsteps of great poets and musicians, writing intelligent music for adults and young people becoming adults, lauding who we had been, were, and were becoming, the advances we had made over the wouldbe-kings, the great and joyous future they were seeing just around the corner as the 'masters of war' were finally removed from the seats of power, and demanding an even better world for all. In the bigger English spectrum voices such as Dylan and the Beatles, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Donovan, Cat Stevens, many others were writing and singing of similar things, always many others, a protest movement about the way our world was being run that had come to maturity, the result of decades and centuries of protest before using the tools of modern communication to take the desire for a new and better world into new and ever higher places - it was the beginnings of a world-wide revolution against entrenched aristocracy, whether of the 'god-king' or 'master of industry' variety, a fight to put an end to war and poverty and suffering for all people, an expectation of finally achieving a true, of-by-and-for-the-people Democracy.

And of course such voices were honored and promoted in the great 'we the people' CBC of the times, a CBC staffed by the 'we the people' government, working with the people's government and the people and the public intellectuals and artists to share in the creation of their joyous new world. In Canada we had a whole generation of writers and publishers holding our literary history and heritage high and proud, led by people like Mel Hurtig, Jack McLelland, Pierre Berton, Margaret Laurence, Irving Layton, and many others; public intellectuals like Northrop Frye, George Grant, Marshall McLuhan, Frank Scott, all of these and many others, anchored at the time by the peak years of the CBC creating a great national conversation with programs like Gzowski's This Country in the Morning, later Morningside, engaging in a progressive national debate about 'our country' every morning of the week, and Ideas and the Massey Lectures featuring great progressive intellectual speakers and thinkers like Martin Luthor King, Jane Jacobs, Frank Underhill, JK Galbraith, John Ralston Saul, Noam Chomsky, and on and on - great progressive and democratic thinkers and social commentators contributing to our discussion of how to understand our country and world and fight to make them better. The local morning and afternoon shows across the country also featured local adult, engaged voices talking about local issues with local citizens, as their own small part of the national conversation - any big conversation, like the Canadian conversation of the 60s and 70s, begins with these thousands of small local conversations, which grow into larger ones as common dreams emerge to share, and dreams to pursue.

It wasn't a perfect place, of course, nowhere is, and Canada of the 70s was trying to make an imperfect place better, there were problems, notably the great violence unleashed by the American state against those who were daring to stand up to it seriously (the entrenched 'elite-supporting' part of the Cdn state also, of course, in a lesser way - the antics of the RCMP during those years (and since) are not an encouraging read), and the ongoing atrocities of the old white regime against the original inhabitants; there always have been and always will be problems among people, but in the larger picture back then in the 60s and into the 70s, life was good for most and getting better for the rest, there were fewer problems than in the past, and they/we were working on the problems that remained, and - the most important thing - the future, the great narrative we were creating together, looked hopeful and promising, and a great optimism and hope prevailed, with engaged, informed people working together to create a better country and future.

... then and now ...

Aug 5 2014 Canadians less confident about future

Wow. Now in the 2010s all of that 'people's Canadian narrative of the 1960s and 70s' sounds a bit like a dream, a fantasy, from 40+ years in the future, a bit hard even to imagine some of those things from the modern reality (and obviously many people born after 1980 have no idea whatsoever of what happened in these years of pride and joy and optimism before they were born - and of course the real meaning and impact of that time are increasingly airbrushed out of any modern understanding of the past - the 60s, for example, are now just jokingly referred to, and marginalised, as the 'hippie' time - the great musicians and writers of the time are still revered, but with the 'uncomfortable-making' parts airbrushed out ('nationalism' is a dirty word these days), and only for the writing and music which still lives in the minds and spirits of anyone lucky enough to experience those times and remains greater than most of the computerized mush passed of as 'music' today and thus remains so popular, but we who were actually around in those days to witness them and speak of them and mourn them are increasingly fewer in number, and the underlying spirit of the times represented by that music is never mentioned in the CBC shows which pay shallow homage to that music. Indeed, as part of the overall strategem, there has been a marked drive to get people to dismiss their past accomplishments as trivial, i.e. What happened to Canlit, or the myth of the nice canuck - and many, many other examples).

The Canadian narrative ~2010s, is a somewhat different story than the one most of us shared in the late 60s and through most of the 70s, a somewhat different reality for everyone - sure, we still have some good things, even some things we never dreamed of in the 60s such as computers and cell phones and the internet available to everyone, and of course as noted the 60s were far from perfect in various ways, but overall, that great sense of joy and optimism of that time, that we had finally passed some cusp in our history and had won something important, and things were not only good, but getting better - a great time to be alive, a great joyous national debate about making things even better - this feeling is no more extant in our country, at least for most of us sharing the national 'Canada in the 2010s consciousness' (it may well be that the rulers, on the verge of establishing their new feudalism over an almost comatose population offering almost no resistance, are feeling rather optimistic with their ever increasing wealth and power and ever less-resistant population to take advantage of all of the new technological innovations to their fullest, and those being well paid to pretend everything is wonderful and the universe is unfolding as it should are doing ok also, but that is not most of us). It's like we reached the top of some plateau during the early 70s, but then from out of nowhere some great malevolent alien monster appeared and pushed us back off the plateau we had reached, back to the slippery slope taking us to much less progressive times, and we're still falling, slowly losing all the ground we had, or our ancestors had, gained until that point.

No more do we hear the words of freedom and joy and optimism of the narrative we shared in the 60s and 70s, pride in ourselves as a progressive and democratic people and country, which all now seems like something from a utopian novel, in today's world of terror and chaos and insecurity, where day after day all we hear is how bad things are, and all we can do is try to stop things from getting worse even faster (there is a small counter-feeling being pushed, of course, as the modern new-fascist governments tell us to be proud of our athletes when they compete, or proud of our soldiers who are 'fighting for Democracy!!!!' by bombing countries the US wants bombed into submission, and childish-happy at the great entertainments we have for you every weekend - but this is a far, far different, and sinister, kind of 'national pride' than the joyous pride of the freedom and democracy we were creating in Canada, and fighting for in the world, of the 1960s).

The young people especially, the very visible and vibrant and joyous and noisy face of the newly-awakened people's narrative of the 60s-70s, standing tall and proud and bold and courageous with their hope and joy and demands for a better world, welcoming those who were persecuted in their own society for standing up to their imperialistic government and refusing to go overseas in unjust wars and kill in their name, have become, in today's and recent generations, young people in a very, very different situation. Although a small number of young people do protest in various ways, such as the occupy movements of recent years, we see a very different response from our Canadian government and media, who are now very much dismissive of such movements, rather than being part of them, as they were in the 60s and much of the 70s. Most of those who decide to go to university graduate with massive debt, to find no jobs waiting for them, living with their parents long past the time they should be out making their lives and helping create a better society, instead facing a world they are told is insecure, fearful, dangerous, chaotic, in which fear and insecurity and *austerity* reign, rather than hope and joy and prosperity. In the 70s the Cdn government reached out to young people, offering them mind-enlarging education and programs such as Katimavik and a chance to travel around Canada meeting other young people, or a CUSO post traveling around the world to see what it was like out there, and do what they could to help others, expanding their horizons and becoming better citizens. Now in the 2010s young people are offered, when nothing better comes along, 'salary-free internships', to get, I suppose, a taste of what life can be like for those who don't do what the business world they are told is ruling us all now requires to succeed - as in any repressed society, working for the master, no matter how reprehensible ethically, is preferable for many to being in the master's sights as some kind of undesirable, living in penury watching those who sign the master's indenture papers having nice toys and frequenting fun venues (the coping drugs they take to get them through their private nightmares don't get much talk in the media - the fine print of the devil's contracts never does ....).

The older generations are not a lot better off, also increasingly mired in ever-growing debt as their incomes and savings have been continually nibbled away at over the last 30 years in various ways such as the systemic inflation we looked at in the 'money scam' chapter, coming to grips with the idea that not only will their retirements be considerably more difficult than they had imagined, many looking at no retirement at all, but for the first time in history, a generation will leave their children less well off than they were, not better off within a better society - not a legacy to be proud of - and even adding insult to injury, the older generations, at the urging of the 'divide and conquer' rulers, are further now being attacked by many of the younger generation who are being shallowly and selfishly encouraged to enter the shallow, self-centered libertarian 'me first fuck you jack!!' world of the predator spawn, to cast the old ones aside as making too many demands on 'their' limited money - we need new toys, not wasting our money paying for nursing homes for our parents!!

In our modern 21st century Canada, the idea of 'striding confidently into a better future' is to laugh in cynicism - the most anyone, young people or middle-aged workers or retirees in the 1984-Brave New World Order of the 2010s, seem to be hoping for these days is to slow the race downwards into something ever worse, as it is the NWO juggernaut that is doing the confident striding in the modern world, seemingly unstoppable no matter how many of us oppose it - we know tomorrow is going to be more grim than today, more terrorists under the beds, more austerity knocking at the door, more environmental degradation to deal with, more cops and soldiers around our lives telling us what to do - let's try to minimise the grimness, can't hope for much else - despair, stress, road rage, petty meanness, obliteration-by-meds and 'reality tv', cynicism, fear, abandonment of dreams - again, there are always exceptions, but these are the main things we see each day on our streets, hear about in the media (conditioning us to accept such things as 'the new reality') - such things are the core of our modern narrative, the underlying, grim reality we all face every day. (yes, there are many young people who see things are unwell, and are searching for ways to help, and I'll look at them again shortly, but they are the minority today, fighting a losing battle, not the front-and-center force their grandparents in the 60s were ...)

Our culture, looking back to the many great voices leading us in the 60s and 70s - well, many of those great voices are still alive, but now they're still almost all we have, now old and generally marginalised, but still held in great esteem by so many Canadians who see their dream of those days being attacked all around them and shattered, with few equal voices having come along in the decades since to even attempt to fill their large shoes. In the 2010s we look in vain for a modern Lightfoot or Layton or Berton or Mowat singing or writing about our proud country and its great people and history, or public figures like McLuhan or Galbraith or Berton or Gzowski or Saul leading challenging discussions of our role in the world as something different, and better, than the US hegemon to the south of us, on revered CBC shows creating our national narrative together like Morningside - today our 'new' 'public intellectuals', as promoted by airtime on the media, are 'business' leaders - from Mulroney-Wilson through Martin to Harper-Flaherty to various 'economists' or other 'experts' from right wing think tanks, all praised and featured on the radio and other media by fawning corporate propagandists masquerading as 'journalists' - telling us we have no money, we have to cut back, we have to accept 'austerity' as we make our country free for 'business' to max their profits at the expense of the workers, the country, the environment; all must bow to the Great God Business, as a prosperous business is a happy business, and workers should be happy their masters are doing well - workers have to quit expecting decent salaries or benefits or pensions in the 'new competitive' world, as long as 'investors' are happy - and well-paid serfs don't make investors especially prosperous, or happy. Our 'new generation' musicians and writers, at least those given publicity in the corporate media as part of the corporate spectacle, write songs and books primarily about personal problems rather than getting involved in the larger debate about questioning what is wrong with our country and world fundamentally, talking and singing and writing about making a better country and world for all of us (and of course what the 'celebrities' are promoting, and the media who promote them, is what most young people are naturally inclined to do as well). The CBC has, shamefully and tragically for us all, become nothing more than another branch of the mainstream media corporate state broadcaster-cum-propagandist - no voices talking about making our country greater, just NWO 'experts' and business 'economists' (actually of course high-level priests of the capitalist religion spreading their dogma to the faithful masses) telling us why we need to accept the 'new world order', and live in fear and accept 'austerity' and the 'lockdown-ready' state as our new 'reality', and to escape reality in meaningless sports and entertainment spectacles, to mindlessly, childishly 'hatehatehate!!!' various leaders around the world who dare stand up to the US hegemon, and its sad sycophant the new not-so-improved Canada.

No Gzowski's to be found today on the CBC, or the guests he had, intelligent discussions with leading Canadians or world intellectuals about the issues in our country and world from a 'we the people' perspective - today we have corporate state propaganda, pushed by the CBC and other corporate media, masquerading as the 'national conversation' on the major national shows, with senior propagandists masquerading as 'journalists' telling us how great and powerful the great wizard Oz (aka the NWO) is, and how we must bow to it in everything they demand, from 'austerity' to getting rid of leaders in other countries that dare oppose it; the morning and evening local shows have just a mix of '20-30-something' dumbed-down kids doing kid things (or middle aged people desperately trying to keep a half-decent job behaving as if they actually shared such non-values), obviously instructed to laugh about everything like teenagers having a great time, or pretending to have a great time, only giving lip-service to the real issues in our country while glorifying sports and the modern stuff they call 'music' - the unspoken but evident if thought about meaning being that we kids should just enjoy ourselves, while 'the adults' take care of everything as they wish - too complicated and boring for we normal folk, but they give us lots of entertaining stuff to keep us busy! The 'progressive' voices that are occasionally allowed are very much 'good cops' in a 'good cops bad cops' scenario - not talking about real alternatives, but 'capitalist light' - true progressive voices, challenging the basic tenets of dog-eat-dog capitalism as Tommy Douglas once did, the last truly public figure to do so, that dominate the discussions on the free internet, or the agenda of 'austerity' or offering another perspective of the 'evil' leaders they are trying to get rid of, are never heard in the mainstream media, including the CBC which still dominates the beliefs of most people who think of themselves as 'progressive'.

So this is the new 'narrative' of the 2000s and 2010s and future that we share - we're just going to have to do with less in the future, not more, at least of the good stuff - there's more of bad stuff, debt to be sure, environmental destruction, chaos and danger in the world, decreasing civility and trust all around us, an ever-increasing authoritarian police-military presence watching us and ordering us around at will, all a lot worse than 40 years ago - for some reason after centuries and millennia of things getting better all the time, although we're not going to talk about that on the CBC, or in the other mainstream media - there are scattered voices of protest noted in the media, but the impression they want to leave, and do, is that such protest is minimal, and most people are 'with the program' of the NWO - the austerity, accepting the lockdown security state as 'necessary', the US hegemon regime changes getting rid of 'monsters' in the world, making it all 'safe for democracy' (what an amazingly brazen and perverse lie that so many seem to believe without questioning!), etc. In the modern 'cold hard facts' business world of today, the kids don't see going to university as a way to learn more about their society and world, and become better informed, more rounded citizens, they're not even learning much anymore according to various international tests or requirements of most universities for remedial arithmetic and basic English for incoming students who have passed through 12 years of public schooling but can't do simple division or spell correctly or write a coherent, organised paragraph or even name our first prime minister or locate their province on a map, and some just stunning ignorance shown on some general awareness tests, it's just a cold degree which shows nothing more than their willingness to internalise the modern NWO dogma and say what you're supposed to say rather than what you know to be true, but a degree they need to get a better job, which is really what life is all about in the new story, superficial colorful noise and toys and legal or otherwise drugs covering the shallowness of life of the new corporate zeitgeist that prevails today, maxing the corporate pay check to max the access to the mindless toys and distractions of the early 21st century for those who can afford them, or, from the other perspective, avoid the desperate poverty of those without one of the increasingly fewer good jobs available. The 'winners' in the new world of the first years of the 2000s measure their success by the size of their paycheck and their bling collection, not by their role in helping make a better society and world for all.

But even that pseudo-existence is only for the few lucky or ruthless or pretty or manipulative enough to get through the right doors anyway, as getting a half-decent job today, something you like, that gives you a decent living, not too stressful, gives you a feeling of worth in contributing to the wellbeing and growth of your community and society, of any kind, is getting more like a lottery, and it's pretty much accepted that a whole lot of young people aren't going to get a good job at all for most of their lives, that's just the way the world is - not much hope, just a lot of stress, for kids who've put themselves (and/or their parents) into some deep debt to get that degree, and now aren't even sure of any kind of job, but for a lot of them they are sure they're facing decades of debt, quite possibly for many 'til death do you part'. Everyone is told to expect less from their country, we are (we are told) mired in debt, partly due to greedy Canadians expecting just too much from their government and running up debts in pursuit of things they should not have been pursuing, and partly just from a chaotic world economy, nobody's fault, just a kind of act of god nobody can do anything about, but we have to accept the great debt and just start cutting back - working people need to accept the idea that their lifestyles have to be tightened up a bit, or a lot, old people have to work longer, and don't expect much pension help from the government if you haven't been lucky enough to make enough money for enough years to establish your own (which few people have) - just the way the world is, get used to it - but of course it's better for some, our 'investors' are doing fine, and it's our job to support them first. Our new world is business-friendly rather than people-friendly - it is accepted that we must 'open the doors of the country for business', and if that means 'austerity' for governments, and less job security for workers, well, somehow, it's a better world!!

So in the end, today's 'Canadian narrative of the 2010s and on' tells us we have a world where the hope and optimism of the 60s have been replaced by apprehension and suspicion; the open doors and keys left in the ignition of the 60s, welcoming everyone into our just and prosperous new world, have been locked, many times, and replaced by forms and bureaucracy whose first job is making sure if you come here we won't have to spend any money on you, although if possible we will use you as a downward pressure on the incomes of current workers. Our open doors for US draftees not wanting to 'go halfway around the world killing yellow people for no good reason' of the 60s have been replaced by a promise to send such war resistors back to face 'justice' in their country, which is now openly going to many countries killing and bombing at will, with the full support of 'our' government - we are now one of the world's aggressor nations, or at least a willing sycophant of the world's great bully and criminal rogue state, tagging along holding their coattails telling others to do as you're told or we're coming bombing! - anyone daring to suggest they don't want to go halfway around the world killing people who don't threaten us would immediately be labeled a 'terrorist supporter' by our modern US puppet regime, and a substantial number of the propagandists working in the media - 'fear!!' and 'hate!!' have replaced 'peace' and 'love' as the watchwords of most of the modern younger generations. The philosopher leader of the 70s has given way to the pretend-warrior of the 2010s (talks a good show when he thinks he's safe, but like a comic figure in a story hid under the nearest table when actually faced with some flying bullets!).

And on and on, one could write a book about the differences between the hopeful, joyful, peace-seeking days of the 60s and the stressful, miserly, untrusting violence-seeking days today. Just listen to the music then and now - the intelligent harmonious songs of protest and hope, and love and beauty, of the 60s, probably the greatest period for 'popular' music in history, along with the hope and demands of a strong and engaged and strident youth, certainly one of the greatest generations in terms of vision and engagement and positive energy, have been replaced by a combination of disco drums and noise and videos promoting mindless sex and violent confrontation and pretty and competent, but meaningless, songs of teenage angst and 'hiphop' music stridently and aggressively laughing in their capitalistic 'I'm ok fuck you jack!!!' Randian rants about 'bitch slappin yo ho', all part of a disengaged, cynical, angry, aggressive generation with a lot of very questionable 'values', actually a denial of values adopted from their rulers who show the same (lack of) values on the world stage - a lack of morality beginning and ending with the predator 'value' of do as we tell you or we're coming with bombs!! - tough guys win! see the movies glorifying mass killings - quite a difference from the demands for peace and joy and love and sharing and engagement which dominated the 60s. We certainly had our share of teenage angst songs in the 50s and 60s, and a certain amount of violence of course, as such things are found in every generation, but as only a small part of the much larger picture including the songs protesting the cold capitalist world of the past and demanding something better and calling for a better world - no more. In that great era of hope and pride, we actually had an intellectual for a prime minister, and other very intelligent and caring politicians such as Tommy Douglas or Joe Clark, and many others, all highly honored by most engaged, intelligent Canadians - Trudeau is still widely honored as the greatest prime minister ever, and Douglas as 'the greatest Canadian', although for years the people who believe government exists only to max business profits, and thus the workers must be driven back to penury, have been doing their best to denigrate Trudeau's reputation and Douglas' socialism, and encourage us all to bow at the throne of the debt-god mammon and their installed, despised-by-most-Canadians puppet-vichyist 'leaders' such as Mulroney and Harper, and mock 'eggheads' and intelligent discussion, and peace and love and cooperation, and celebrate total black-and-white simplistic 'with us or against us' morons like G Bush. From an array of 'middle of the road' work-for-Canadians politicians in the 60s and 70s of all parties, with the pre-70s CCF-NDP truly working for the people, and decrying the 'corporate welfare bums' and enacting the major social support programs that enabled the establishment of a thriving democracy, in the 2010s we have nothing more than a 'big money Bay St' party, with 3 branches, with a few cosmetic differences but all reading from the same script of 'austerity' to ostensibly deal with government debt but actually as an excuse to deconstruct our democracy, further increasing corporate control of our country with 'free trade' deals', and tagging along behind the great imperialist to our south in its ongoing program to rid the world of leaders in important places daring to resist it, with the deeper purpose of justifying the creation of the lockdown state in front of our very eyes.

And on and on - there can be no doubt that the 'narrative' of hope and joy we shared in the 60s and 70s, at the peak of *our* democracy, has fallen, or been pushed, off a great cliff, whatever dreams we had then now dangling by a thread, and the modern narrative, as noted above, one of fear, and insecurity, and distrust.

{{{things getting worse everywhere of course - Britain ... just an example that came up while I was writing - look around, there are stories every day ... - the World Socialist Website is a good place to get a feel for how the things we are experiencing in Canada the last few decades are being felt in other countries, as the NWO order proceeds, showing the 'world' part of that title is very much in play }}}}

But for the attentive, perceptive reader, if not already outside the box at least aware that there is a box of some kind to get out of, we still have the nagging question raised at the first of this section - how did the citizens of the joyous, aware 1960s and 70s allow this new, very much darker narrative to be imposed on them?

And that question leads to the final turn in the winding road that leads to the castle we have come to attack.