By Anthony Hall
revised, 7 June, 2012
The Maple Spring has blossomed in Quebec and is starting to proliferate throughout Canada and beyond. Chris Hedges recently described this outburst of anti-authoritarian energy in the French-speaking heartland of les canadiens as “the most important resistance movement in the industrialized world.”
Building on the momentum launched by the originators of the Arab Spring, the political mobilization of the Indignados in Europe, and the ubiquitous networking of Occupy Wall Street, the dawning of the Maple Spring brings new energy to our growing global movement of public education. The concerted resistance of Quebec students to a near doubling of their tuition fees put fundamental issues of pedagogy in the forefront. The student strike thereby provided the basis for an attentive focus on the importance of education, including public education, in our collective march towards positive regime change.
The necessity of achieving ameliorative regime change both within states and across borders is highlighted as one crisis after the next goes from bad to worse. The evidence is overwhelming that our manufactured civilization and the natural world that supports it are in sharp decline across many converging fronts of catastrophe. We the people have no choice but to continue to initiate emergency measures of our own because it has come absolutely clear that those presently steering the ship of state are following the lead of Titanic’s captain.
The merger of so many torrents of ecological, economic, political, military, and social degradation is largely attributable to the actions of the dominant transnational cartel of kleptocratic psychopaths that presently exercise large concentrations of ill-gotten power over us. The Lords of Larceny prefer to make war, not love. The Axis of Extortion links the Pentagon with Wall Street and London’s financial district. The goal of those in charge of this, the most elaborate extortion racket ever, is to privatize all the remaining public wealth for themselves and their heirs and to socialize all liability flowing from their mistakes, speculative excesses, outright frauds, astronomical thefts, and gargantuan misdeeds.
It is hard to fathom the scale of the betrayal perpetrated by the tiny minority who continue to benefit most from the world’s first truly global coup d’etat on 9/11. From the poisoning of our minds, to the contamination of earth, air and water, to the despoliation of the poor and the middle class, to the assault on the political economy of public health care, public education, public broadcasting and social security, the scale of the pillage is unprecedented.
Elections are rigged. Governments are bought. Trade unions are sabotaged. Whole societies are de-industrialized. And the people are lied to again and again, often through big info-entertainment cartels whose main business it is to alter public perceptions through toxic media concoctions. Their witches’ brew of mind control mixes the drug of nonstop distraction with heavy doses of deception, disinformation, and censorship.
Whole populations are demonized and “othered” in the popular imagination to prepare public opinion to accept mass slaughters, mass displacement, mass incarcerations and wholesale torture. The juggernaut of an increasingly privatized battalion of military contractors is thereby unleashed, enriched, and rendered immune from future prosecution.
The commercialization of mass murder is increasingly robotized as Obama’s drones point the way towards further technological breakthroughs in the art and science of destroying one another.
The whole enterprise of sometimes targeted and sometimes indiscriminate mass killing is permeated with the imperial culture of Opium Wars that never really ended. The drug of easy money, the drug of having so much power over the life and death of soldiers and civilians alike has made the vultures of war ravenous in their lust to suck life’s blood from the veins of our young. In the process many of their victims die before their time, too often at their own hands. Many more survive to become the zombies needed to replenish an asylum of sickness that passes for normalcy in the empire of lies.
The descent into chaos, police-state tyranny, and the heavy burdens of debt enslavement will inevitably continue unless the crime bosses are reigned in. Much depends, therefore, on our capacity to transform the Maple Spring into the Education Summer.
We must must go beyond occupying our own public spaces to truly inhabiting them. We must take back the public squares from which we we were illegally and violently evicted. We invite members of the police to join us in their capacity as regular citizens. We invite all members of the public to participate in General Assemblies that may continue for weeks, months or years.We the people have a lot of work to do. We the people have a lot damage to begin to try to repair.
In order to rise to the high responsibilities of citizenship in these difficult times we cannot tolerate further illegal infringements on our most fundamental rights of assembly, on our our rights to express ourselves freely and to hear one another as well as to be heard. We therefore demand a stop to police intimidation, surveillance, infiltration, harassment, brutalization, improper arrest, and being made targets of prohibited chemical warfare.
There are two sides to this abuse of police powers by those in control of corporatist crime syndicates that permeate government. We demand that police afford average people some measure of protection from those that commit with impunity all manner of crimes against humanity, crimes against the peace, crimes against social security, crimes against the environment, crimes against all life on earth. No more Fukushimas!
Our General Assemblies require that we build up attending infrastructures and encampments where we will continue to experiment in the development of political economies that offer viable alternatives to the death culture that currently engulfs us.
We must act in the public interest and in the common good because we know that our governments have been stolen from us. The result is pretender governments. The result is governments that act as store front operations where representative assemblies are put in the windows for show while most of the important business is transacted in the back offices by people we never even see.
Instead of being houses of political representation for we the people, our governments have become more like brothels whose specialty is to serve up the stuff of corporate perversion. While we have huge respect and appreciation for those in government who blow the whistle on wrongdoing, we know that by and large the ideal of public service has long since been rendered subordinate to the imperatives of serving private interests.
Our own shared domain has thus been appropriated from us by predatory kleptocrats engaged in dispossessing and disempowering the many to increase the entitlements of the hugely entitled few. Our governments have been occupied by lobbyists representing corporate fraudsters, banksters, and war profiteers whose armed robbery of our treasuries creates the basis for our further enslavement.
These are our own streets, our own civic squares, our own universities, our own town halls, are own community centres, our own public parks, our own legislatures, our own parliaments, our own Congress.
We are the public. We are the citizens. We are the tax payers. We are the people. We refuse any longer to supplicate ourselves to the dark superstitions justifying the priestly hold of international bankers gravitating around the Unholy Trinity of the US Federal Reserve, the US Treasury, and Goldman Sachs.We refuse to be further enslaved, whether by student debt, housing debt, or national debt.
Those claiming to own much of the massive assets forming the other side of this massive body of debt are the very folks who in 2008 and 2009 put a knife to our throats demanding a ransom of trillions in so-called bailout funds from their own puppets who pretend to be our governors. These transactions, negotiated in secret and under duress on Wall Street and in capital cities throughout the world, lack, therefore, even the minimal attributes of legitimacy. Contracts negotiated under duress are not legally binding.
Ultimately this lack of legitimacy is embedded in a system that treats money as a commodity to be created for the private profit of chartered monopolies rather than as a public utility to advance the public interest and common good.
There is, therefore, no truth or legitimacy behind the specious claim that the only way ahead lies in further enslaving the great mass of people through a future of higher taxation combined with more and more austerity. The real bankruptcy of our times lies in the failure of our supposed governors to come up with plans that make the most of our assets, one of the greatest of all being the civic creativity of well educated citizens.
This display of moral and intellectual bankruptcy on the part of those who currently pose as our leaders demonstrates why we must aspire to forms of regime change that substantially alter the very ecology of relationships linking citizens with one another, with the rest of nature, with the state, and with the global community of communities.
We must expose the lies and crimes behind the most recent corporatist attacks in the name of government austerity on the public interest and common good. We refuse to allow the life chances of our children, their children, and our children’s children’s children to be robbed in this way. We insist on our fair share of the fruits of our labour and inventiveness. If properly directed and marshalled the creative capacities of we the people is more than enough to generate a good life for all.
Some Snapshots of Our True Conditions in These Dangerous Times
Snapshot Number One
Andrew Gavin Marshall
Unfortunately for their self-congratulations, it was recently revealed that Canada’s banks actually received a “secret bailout” in 2008, for a total of $114 billion, or $3,400 for every Canadian man, woman, and child.
The bailouts took place between 2008 and 2010, funded by the Bank of Canada, the United States Federal Reserve, and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. The government continues to deny it gave the banks a bailout, instead, our Finance Minister insists, it was just “liquidity,” which means… the government did not “bail out” the banks with public money, it just gave the banks public money… in “support.” Call it what you will, they gave them $114 billion. Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of Canada (our central bank), and a former executive with Goldman Sachs (what’s not to love?), even admitted that the Bank of Canada gave tens of billions to our private banks.
The U.S. Federal Reserve provided $33 billion to Canada’s big banks, while the official numbers of what the Bank of Canada provided remain a “secret,” as the government has refused to respond to Access to Information requests on the subject. Available information, however, points to $41 billion given to our banks by the Bank of Canada by December of 2008.
Even some foreign banks had access to money from the Bank of Canada. Thus, Canada’s big five banks – Royal Bank of Canada, T.D. Bank, Scotiabank, the Bank of Montreal and CIBC – received collectively over $114 billion in “bailouts.” Oh, excuse me, I mean, “liquidity support.” And now, these same banks have inflated a major housing bubble in Canada which is eerily similar to that which existed in the United States in 2007, with housing prices dangerously high, and the average household debt at $103,000.
But don’t worry, these big five banks made “record profits” in 2011. So naturally, with record profits for banks, and record debt for Canadians, the banks have decided to increase their fees on you! And then their profits continued to increase! Naturally, the executives have been giving themselves bigger bonuses than ever.
Snapshot Number Two
Kurt Sonnenfeld: At the highest levels in Washington, DC, someone knew what was going to happen. They wanted a war so badly that they at least let it happen and most likely even helped it happen.
Sometimes it seems to me that the “nuts” are those who hold to what they’ve been told with an almost religious fervor despite all of the evidence to the contrary — the ones who won’t even consider that there was a conspiracy. There are so many anomalies to the “official” investigation that you can’t blame it on oversight or incompetence. I am familiar with the scientists and qualified professionals to whom you refer, and their findings are convincing, credible, and presented according to scientific protocol — in stark contrast to the findings of the “official” investigation. In addition, numerous intelligence agents and government officials have now come forward with their very informed opinions that the 911 Commission was a farce at best or a cover-up at worst. My experience at Ground Zero is but one more piece of the puzzle.
Voltaire Network: Those events are nearly 8 years behind us. Do you consider that uncovering the truth about 9/11 continues to be an important objective? Why?
Kurt Sonnenfeld: It is of absolute importance. And it will be equally as important in 10 years, or even 50 years if the truth still has not been exposed. It is an important objective because, at this point in history, many people are too credulous to whatever “authority” tells them and too willing to follow. People in a state of shock seek guidance. People who are afraid are manipulable. And being able to manipulate the masses results in unimaginable benefits to a lot of very rich and very powerful people. War is incredibly expensive, but the money has to go somewhere. War is very profitable for the very few. And somehow their sons always end up in Washington DC, making the decisions and writing the budgets, while the sons of the poor and the poorly-connected always end up on the enemy lines, taking their orders and fighting their battles. The enormous black-budget of the US Department of Defense represents an unlimited money machine for the military-industrial complex, figuring in the multi-trillions of dollars, and it will continue to be so until the masses wake up, recuperate their skepticism and demand accountability. Wars (and false pretexts for war) will not cease until the people realize the true motive of war and stop believing “official” explanations.
Snapshot Number 3
“Censorship of the Emperor’s Anti-Nuclear Speech Speech in Japan”
26 March, 2012
powerful interests in Japan are withholding important information about the risks of nuclear power. When the Fukushima crisis began last March, the government was aware of both the risks of meltdown and the spread of radiation. Yet it waited days or weeks to make that information public, it says for fear of sparking a mass panic. Because radiation is totally invisible, large numbers of Japanese were unwittingly soaked in it.
Snapshot Number 4
“Obama’s Role in the Selection of Drone Missile Targets”
World Socialist Web Site
1 June, 2012
The lengthy May 29 article in the Times establishes that personally plotting killings and selecting victims occupies a great deal of President Barack Obama’s time. The process has been organized as a weekly routine, with Obama heading so-called “Terror Tuesday” meetings of military and intelligence officials. Each week they assemble in the White House situation room to study mug shots and biographies of those on the “kill list”, some of them minors and, in one case, “a girl who looked even younger than her 17 years.”
In the end, Obama selects most of the victims.
The American Empire and the Fourth World: The Bowl with One Spoon, Part One (McGill-Queen's Native and Northern)
Earth into Property: Colonization, Decolonization, and Capitalism: The Bowl with One Spoon (Mcgill-Queen's Native and Northern Series)
Part II was selected recently by The Independent in the UK as one of the best books of 2010. The journal of the American Library Association called Earth into Property "a scholarly tour de force."
One of the book's features is to set 9/11 and the 9/11 Wars in the context of global history since 1492.
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