Just a thought

I made a small promise to myself and to you that I wouldn’t rant and rave about political issues anymore and I intend to keep that promise.  But I don’t consider the following observation a breach of that trust.  I think I am just pointing out the obvious, callin’ it as I see it.  Still, fair warning – there is a hint of politics about it.  I admit that.

Even tho Sal and I left for the outback primarily as a way of seeking to ‘feel alive’ again and to have-to-learn once more and to have adventure, there has always been a sense (for me, anyway) that eventually there would be some kind of revolution.  I am a child of the 60’s after all.  A romantic.  In retrospect, I think that such an expectation or vision of revolt is overly romantic in nature, though, and not likely at all so long as gas flows and there is food in the fridge.  Nobody is going to be running rioting through the streets – not anytime soon, anyway.

One can only hope.

I am always encouraged by the ‘Battles in Seatle’, the Occupy Movement, Idle No More and other forms of demonstration that puts the spotlight on world powers, institutions and corporations.  Although I can see why they were created in the first place and I can even see some merit in them at times, I tend to believe that, by the time the organization has become the establishment, it is time to tear it down and renew it.  To me, life is constant change and institutions are not.  Ergo – change them.  All the time.

Even better, tear ém down and build new ones.

Imagine my surprise when I read that Chairman Mao said the same thing!

Anyway………the Occupy movement isn’t dead but they no longer have momentum on their side.  Not media momentum, anyway.  The Arab Spring is still alive but not doing anyone much good at the moment.  And the common people’s rebellion is no more potent at this writing than it has ever been.  Or so it seems to me.

Possible exception: First Nations.  We currently have chief Spence on a hunger strike and she seems to be winning – whatever that means in a hunger strike situation.  For me, it would be weight loss.  For her, who knows?  But her dispute with the Feds is over her particular reserve at Attawapiskat in northern Ontario and she is clearly rebelling and getting somewhere.

Add to that the recent court decision of the Metis and off-reserve natives being  included as First Nations.  Whatever that comes to mean, it is a unifying decision.  First Nations just got bigger.

And then we have the First Nations-of-the-North resisting the Northern Gateway project.  While that is a non-united front of resistance, the majority of the reserves are speaking as one.  And so is much of the mainstream community. That is another ‘front’ in the rebellion.  And yesterday, some group self-described as ‘grass roots’ Indians threatened to “shut down the Canadian economy” if they don’t get what they want.

Of course, we have had the ‘at-the-trough’ chiefs of the Assembly Of First Nations (AFN) for years demanding more and getting some of it.  They would have to be seen as standing on the other side of the line even if they are taking as much as they can while standing there.

Bottom line: the natives are restless, getting more so and getting some support from mainstream Canadians.  Could it possibly be that – given the majority of Canadian’s dislike for Harper and his way of doing things – that resistance will grow beyond the First Nations?  And could those resistors – given that it was First Nations who stood up first and loudest – become the leaders of a larger Canadian revolution?  Are we seeing the people who have been dealt the harshest hand historically leading those whose middle class lives have been also thoroughly disrupted into some kind of political conflict with a very vulnerable government?  Could the Indians manage to recruit the cavalry to battle against Custer?

Frankly, I doubt it.  People, it seems, vote and act entirely with their wallets. See HST.  Long term vision, morality, common cause and decent human values don’t seem to move us enough to act.  Not usually.  Harper first has to tax us a few more bucks to get our juices flowing and, even then, we simply complain.  Rebellions just aren’t us.

But if there ever is one……….?  Well, I am thinking it might be the First Nations who lead it.  Do you see anyone else?


11 thoughts on “Just a thought

  1. As long as the corporate media is defending the status quo of political/globalist exploitation of natural and human resources, and the slack jawed public is believing the opinions and almost truths of manufactured “news” product there is no chance of any meaningful change happening.


    • Yeah. I agree 100% with that. But here’s a question: media is private business (the CBC, BBC and NPR included due to funding influence). So how can we expect a self-interest-driven company – even if they are part of the so-called fifth estate – to act in the role that we the people have carved out for them? The Tyee (local media) seems to have a clear voice but it, too, needs money to operate and that will influence their content. It just does. So, how do we get honest, fact-based, information in a world that is money-based?


      • Commercial News is just an interpretation of information presented as facts and some direct observation of actual events. There are so many agenda’s being promoted by these different entities (progressives, statists, corporatism, status quo) it is very difficult to find out the truth. I think the blogosphere is helpful, but is only re-interpreting interpretations, with the original event obscured. It’s mostly info-tainment. We live in an artificial manufactured reality tunnel that is slowly unraveling. You at least are somewhere out in the real world on your island looking into the asylum.


  2. Two philosophical positions that pop up from time to time involve the roll of informed self interest and no mater what is happening be it good or evil it is working for some one. The concept of any type of revolution is messy, costly, ambiguous, often deadly and unlikely to work for most people. Hence the first question will this revolution work for me and who will the revolution benefit? Two reasonable questions demanding a high degree of certainty. It is hard to describe what is happening to Canada in the same breath as Pol Pot, Bashar al-Assad or Moammar Gadhafi. Millions dead and democracy a work in progress. The main thrust of politics is who gets what and why. Attawapiskat and Chief Spence and whatever connection the might be to “Idle No More’ fall into the “Who gets What and Why’ conversation. Not sure a revolution is required here but perhaps more money might help the situation.


  3. Not a fan of absolutes, “no chance of any meaningful change happening,” but prefer instead think about incremental changes such as: redefined marriage unions, redefined gender roles, redefined access to democracy, the fight to end poverty…writ small as the social contract. Sadly most of these human rights have be wrested away from the industrialist, the capitalist, land owners and the


  4. Wow! Great comments. And I promised NOT to do politics. Damn. But I didn’t promise NOT to respond.
    Firstly, the statement: The concept of any type of revolution is messy, costly, ambiguous, often deadly and unlikely to work for most people….is not true. Yes…..Revolution as we have come to KNOW it or FEAR it…..THEN it would be true. But we can revolt peacefully. Ghandi did. Admittedly, it would take a creative approach and, even more importantly a trustworthy leading force, but we can do revolution without chaos. We can enroll the 99%. It is possible. Hell, we can even do it by voting! It is not revolution we should fear – it is the staus quo.
    As for the sop to incremental change……well, I generally aree with that. I like improvements rather than wholesale makeover. Less shock to the system. But when one sees that the path one has taken is wrong, then makeover is the only way out. And we have made some fundemental errors. We have relied too heavily on oil – just as one of the most obvious. We have rewarded the robber-baron greed of corporations. We have collectively put our respect and admiration, our energies and capital, our hopes and goals in the wrong places. We are going in the wrong direction. Time for wholesale change, methinks.
    But I have been wrong before.


  5. Money talks but not all media are the handmaidens of corporations and big governments and I know you are not saying that in its absolute sense. Big ‘big money’ can be countered with a stirred populace as was the case in the recent Obama victory. People of ‘informed self interest’ voted not to make the rich richer but to look after themselves but I would not call that a revolution. Two definitions of revolution: 1 )a sudden and violent event that seeks not only to establish a new political system but to transform an entire society(aka Pol Pot and & the Khmer Rouge regime) and 2) slow but sweeping transformations of the entire society that take several generations to bring about changes to the social contract.(eg. suffrage for First Nations federally not until 1960). In your original piece I detected an urgency that I mischaracterized as a call to ‘blood and guts’ but if you are calling for slow generational change then we are still a few decades away from Utopia. As with most things in life let’s make no sudden moves.


    • Well, I think there is a possibility of #2 made quick or #1 made non-violent. If all of BC voted GREEN, it would send a huge and society changing message, Revolutionary. Sadly, it would also say that we are idiots. But, still, it would send a message of ethics, priority, intent and direction. In effect, it would be like electing Tinkerbelle, Forrest Gump and a 101 Dalmation puppies to the legislature. Silly, but nice. Given that all the economists and politicians are silly but greedy, I’d settle for the change, myself.


  6. Puppies in the legislature or do you mean lap dogs, curs, mongrels, mutts, and bitches in packs, if so we have’m by the by the pound full. As for Tinkerbell I’d check Neverneverland.


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