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Signs of Creeping Fascism

Fascism is  "agovernmentalsystemledbyadictatorhavingcompletepower,forciblysuppressingoppositionandcriticism,regimentingallindustry,commerce,etc.,andemphasizinganaggressivenationalismandoften racism" says Dictionary.com.

There are always interests that seek fascist power wherever there are profitable resources. Fascism begins with a greed for power and creeps through organic systems so that it appears as a grass roots movement.  We may not suddenly slip into a fascist state or even choose it, but it does find its way slowly and we are better off if we can recognize some of the signs. Below are signs that seem to me to indicate its invasion.

When people vote for a party that has made it clear they have no value for civil society’s democratic institutions then you know that fascism has found roots in your neighbourhood.

When their leader says that people don’t care about their government being found in contempt of parliament then are rewarded with a majority, you know that f…

The Devil and The Harper - Bob Bossin

Published on Aug 22, 2015 The Devil and The Harper by Bob Bossin, video by Paul Grignon. Funny how traditional songs retain their relevance. Feel free to distribute. Vote smart. Stop Harper!

More recommended reading for the wise

Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: The Evidence CompiledThe Tyee's full, updated list of 70 Harper government assaults on democracy and the law. By David Beers and Tyee Staff and Contributors, Today, TheTyee.ca

PMO Tied to Senate Hush Money ScandalHarper Found in Contempt of ParliamentAgainst Court Order, Refusal to Share Budget InfoConservative Cabinet Staffers Granted Immunity from TestimonyConservatives Falsify Reports and DocumentsRepeated Duplicity in Afghan Detainees ControversyRepeated Duplicity on Costing of F-35 Fighter JetsHarper Minister Lies, Blames Statistics Canada for Killing Long Form CensusConservative MP Admits He Lied to ParliamentConservative House Leader Admits to Mockery of Question PeriodHarper Maligns the Supreme Court Chief JusticeConservatives Engage in Abuse of Process with Omnibus BillsAuditor General Sheila Fraser said that "Parliament has become so undermined that it is almost unable to do the job that people expect of it."Harperites Deliberately…

What to Read before the MacLean's Debate today!

Here is a list for those who have time to watch and to prepare for the MacLean's debate today. This is the first one since the writ was delivered and includes four leaders: Tom Mulcair, Justin Trudeau, Elizabeth May, and our PM Stephen Harper.

Rabble has a list of questions to consider that ought to make up a debate and you can also watch it here.


The Eight Principles of Uncivilisation - Dark Mountain Project

‘We must unhumanise our views a little, and become confident As the rock and ocean that we were made from.’
We live in a time of social, economic and ecological unravelling. All around us are signs that our whole way of living is already passing into history. We will face this reality honestly and learn how to live with it.We reject the faith which holds that the converging crises of our times can be reduced to a set of ‘problems’ in need of technological or political ‘solutions’.We believe that the roots of these crises lie in the stories we have been telling ourselves. We intend to challenge the stories which underpin our civilisation: the myth of progress, the myth of human centrality, and the myth of our separation from ‘nature’. These myths are more dangerous for the fact that we have forgotten they are myths.We will reassert the role of storytelling as more than mere entertainment. It is through stories that we weave reality.Humans are not the point and purpose of the planet. Ou…

Mindfulness - take care of yourself, take care of your country

Sure there will be a lot of noise over the air waves from now until October 19th but I believe we must not lose sight of the power from within to choose what is in our best interests in the long term.

In Thich Nhat Hanh's book The Art of Power he lays out five spiritual powers - this is the power from within, a discipline to defend our selves from an unconscious manipulation from other powers.

They are:
The Power of FaithThe Power of DiligenceThe Power of MindfulnessThe Power of ConcentrationThe Power of Insight I have Faith I am a being of integrity and that I have a right to be here. I don't have to be right all the time, or good all the time - I have the capacity to think about and learn from my mistakes and to observe the integrity of others.

Hanh says there are four aspects of Diligence: first - when negative emotions haven't manifested in your mind, you don't give them a chance to manifest; second - is calming and replacing negative seeds (anger, hate, fear, desp…

Preparing for an uncertain future: A Response

Janet, your essay provokes thought and moves towards defining the kind of action which this future seems to require. Nonetheless, when you say that we must become the piece in the puzzle to support and sustain what is life revering, I am not sure that all that is required is to offer alternative views in a respectful manner. That is one kind of action, yes, and an important one, especially in the face of the kind of power and privilege that does everything it can to shout down other voices. And I, as well as you, should and will continue to take that kind of action wherever and whenever we can.
However, I think there is another kind of action that is equally important, if not more so, now. I would like us all to think about and do this kind of action – the kind of action that acts out our values, not just talks about them. For some of us, for example, that might be civil disobedience of the kind where we sit down in front of the bulldozers clearing the way for oil pipelines. For others…

Harper's Economic Performance Graph

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