Canada the revolving dictatorship (Include the United States)

It appears that we have been deluded about Canadian Democracy. There seems to be no mechanism for the control of any governing party in Canada. Even the Supreme Court does not seem to be able or willing to contradict the decisions of government, and certainly the opposition parties seem to have little interest in such ventures, beyond a bit of grandstanding in the House of Commons. Our democracy is a charade played for the public entertainment. The last major upset in memory was the ‘no confidence’ ouster of Joe Clarke which was actively supported by the entire parliament because he was not playing to their agenda. Since then, there has hardly even been heated rhetoric, never mind serious effort, to control government actions.

 There are good people in government, but we should never expect them to be Godlike or selfless. Government personnel, both elected and appointed have biases and personal agenda and motivations. Therefore, we are foolishly naïve when we grant government absolute power without accountability. We so often forget that Leadership is just one job among many, it is not an elevation to sainthood, and that a position within government is a career not a moral sanction.

 In pursuit of the goals of those in office, governments will naturally seek to expand and extend their powers and control of citizens. In systems like Canada and the United states this tendency is compounded by ever more complex demands of the people. Mediating between vested interest groups is a core function of a Democratic government, unfortunately this also allows the governing structure even greater power from the opportunity to cause deep divisions between competing interests. Ultimately, this will lead to divisions like we see in third world dictatorships, where the majority of the people are ruled by an entitled minority, which is fanatically loyal to the leaders. The minorities in these cases understand that they must remain loyal or loose everything, therefore there are no limits to the atrocities they will commit to maintain the status quo. In North America, the divisions between the minority and the rest are not physically obvious, but devotion to the status quo is no less fanatic. Everyone seems to know instinctively that wealth and power go to the connected and the loyal.

 Politics is both a career and a club. There are motivations for unseating opponents, but none for upsetting the status quo.

Humanity needs to restructure our views of leadership’s role.

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3 responses to “Canada the revolving dictatorship (Include the United States)

  1. I suspect that power structures based on obedience to authority are the most resistant to change. The focus of all that power is on whoever is at the top, and they’re primarily concerned with retaining, if not expanding their power. Since communication is only possible between equals, their universe is stocked with other power-wielders of similar stature. To them, it’s a battle of the titans, and only the titans are of any importance. Governments prefer to deal with other governments of a similar stature, so national leaders are willing to negotiate with other national leaders more readily than with state or local leaders. Corporate CEOs prefer to interact with other Corporate CEOs, and are largely unconcerned with small business owners. It’s like they are in separate universes that don’t impinge on one another much at all.

    When the powerful people in one of these universes decide to exert control over those in another one, like governments controlling corporations, or corporations controlling government, things get sticky. Each sees the other as subordinate to itself. A few centuries ago, the East India Corporation used the British government as a puppet to exert control over the colonies on North America. The colonies revolted and set up a new government that didn’t recognize the authority of corporations as its master, and went so far as to define corporations a purpose-driven entities that expired when their purpose was completed. But by the US Civil War, corporations had snuck past the constitution and awarded themselves personhood.

    So, yeah, it looks like our only solution is revolution. Power, once taken, is never given up willingly. But we’re witnessing the creation of a different kind of power, one that is not based on obedience to authority. Like the Wobblies, it is a communal power, one in which anyone and everyone can be a leader, and which is much harder to silence. Authoritarian power cannot interact with this sort of power, because it does not recognize it as such. We may be seeing a different sort of mass die-off than that which ended the reign of the dinosaurs.

    Interesting times, indeed.

  2. How do we make changes without extreme violence and hardship?
    There’s the rub my freind….
    I see zero probability of persuading governments to give up their powers
    willingly.
    Therefore, we are stuck with a Revolutionary change. Revolutions are not
    intrinsically violent. The violence is nearly always initiated by the
    authoritarian structure which wants to resist or deny change. People
    intuatively understand this reality. Therefore, even those who are not
    benifiting from the existing structure are reluctant to embrace changes
    which will ultimatly lead to the violence of counter revolution.

    We are stuck between a rock and a hardplace. Everyone, even the elites,
    understand that things are getting worse and the situation is unstable, but
    nobody wants to be the first to change.

    How do I procede from here to make this acceptable and to convince people
    that with a large enough majority, there is no need for violence.

    Have you read the history of the Anarchist movement? In every case, the
    participants were no threat to anyone, yet governments massacred them. Not
    much different than Waco really??

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Paul

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