So, I read in the business section of the national newspaper last week how corporate profits are at a 27 year high in Canada.
And then in the news the following day I saw how the Harper government shut down any further debate on their new Bill C-51, the bill that will give the government the most sweeping surveillance and arrest powers a peace-time Canadian government has ever had. (A Bill that has no hope of ever standing up in the Supreme Court – but no matter – it will serve Harper’s political agenda until then. It will be pass final reading while we flap our gums about the new budget.)
Then, to top it off, I read a feature report in Harper’s Magazine about just how rapidly the ice caps in the Arctic are melting, and how despondent the Inuit peoples throughout the far north of Canada and Greenland are becoming – as the receding ice is taking away their ability to hunt, and to eat.
Their 12,000-year-old world, their very existence, is melting out from under their feet.
It makes me wonder who the terrorists really are.
Of course the mainstream media is reluctant to directly link how the rape and pillage of the planet (and most of its inhabitants) builds the record profit levels of corporate globalization – which in turn can only be sustained by widespread surveillance and increased authoritarianism.
How sad it is to watch all of this happen, and see too how little the average person seems to care about it.
Statistics Canada says the gap between the rich and poor is at its widest mark since World War II began, profits are at a 27 year high, and all we care about is whether the Habs will be able to take out the Senators in four-straight. And could someone go out and get some chips before the game starts?
Its not like we haven’t seen this ambivalence to corporate greed and increased surveillance before. And its not like we don’t know how bad things can get and how still so few be willing to stand up and confront these dangerous tendencies in ourselves.
History is rife with examples of indifference – from the fall of Rome to the bombing of Iraq and the death of two million civilians for a crime they did not commit.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. (Martin Niemoller)