Here are a few things happening in 2012 that should make the world wince. We are handing over our rights and freedoms to the governments and the elite in the world on a daily basis in mostly total ignorance and apathy. We think we are informed, educated and concerned but it is mainly an illusion.
We have all fallen in to an abyss but we just haven’t realized it yet. The change that has taken place in our world in the last 10 years is greater than the previous 100 years. The changes that one generation is experiencing, took 6 or 7 generations to experience in the 1900’s.
Now picture this. A family of four comes in to a coffee shop, buys its lunch and sits down to eat. During their meal no one speaks. No one looks up. They jam fast food in to their mouths, while playing on handheld devices, sending messages, listening to I-tunes and surfing the Net.
They leave the restaurant and the kids have to be driven back to school. Dad fumbles with his cell phone while sipping his coffee. Mom checks her Facebook account and the kids in the backseat are texting to their friends. The kids get dropped off at school, and the parents go back to work. Hardly a word was spoken during the lunch hour. This pattern is repeated millions of times every day in different ways all around the world.
In Britain the number of convictions related to the recent riots in that country has reached a record high. The prison population hit over 86,000- only 1150 spaces short of capacity.
By any measure Great Britain has become a modern day police state. Everyone is a potential terrorist and everyone has been treated that way for many years. In the cities video cameras are watching and listening and police now encourage citizens to report “suspicious” behaviour- reminiscent of Russia under the Stalin regime.
Just look at the response of the UK Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron. Rather than address the root causes of this unprecedented violence, the Conservative mantra is to “get tough on crime” and apply harsh sentences. Does this sound familiar?
The sentencing is draconian in most cases. Two men who tried to incite a riot using Facebook were sentenced to 4 years, even though they were unsuccessful! One woman was sentenced to 4 months for accepting a piece of clothing from another woman who stole it. People are being evicted from their homes if they participated in the rioting.
The UK government has turned its back on its people. Young working class and poor, unemployed people are through their actions crying out for a better future- some sort of hope.
What would Canadian students do if our government tripled college tuition fees as they did in the UK last fall? You can be sure that our students would protest in the streets. Who could blame them?
As a previous letter to this newspaper indicated, the global unrest is being caused by younger generations. The Guardian newspaper reported that 66% of recent defendants in the UK were between the ages of 11 and 24.
Britain is moving in the opposite direction regarding its social policies and laws. The once mighty British Empire is falling fast and is getting desperate. The government has become dysfunctional; force and punishment will not solve the deep-rooted problems of society caused by decades of corruption and greed.
There are so many crises going on around the world right now, with uprisings going on all the time. It’s hard to keep up to date with these global events and it is my sense that there’s a lot more to come. There’s an awakening going on and because of improved communications like social media, the people realize that they are not alone. Globally, the huge gap between the rich and poor is at the heart of the discontent.
The Conservative government announced during the Christmas break that Canada would continue to hold talks with the U.S. in the New Year in regards to, what else, security. Of course, true to form, Harper conveyed little new information to the media, which also failed to ask the tough questions as usual.
You will remember that the SPP(Security and Prosperity Partnership) agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada was initiated under Paul Martin in 2003 and continued for at least 5 years, to “integrate and harmonize” the polices and laws of the three countries. Most of this planning and scheming was carried out in secret, with no press permitted to attend, and with wishy-washy press conferences like the one in Montebello in 2008. When questioned about the expense and content of these SPP meetings, the leaders of the three countries made jokes, basically spitting in the eyes of Canadian taxpayers.
Fortunately, enough people must have opposed about the SPP because officially it was scrapped. Well, not exactly.
The manipulation used to market the H1N1 vaccine around the world last year left global taxpayers holding the bag on billions of dollars paid to Big Pharma, to fight a ‘pandemic’ that never materialized.
It seems though that the rules of the game have changed, as the Global Elite were shocked as they watched the defeat of their vaccination program and a world population that refused to submit to fear tactics.
Shock Doctrinewas one of the best
books in the last decade to spell out how the world is moving quickly towards a global, fascist
government, disguised as a benevolent democracy,in which nation states are brought to their knees at a moment’s
notice. Economic shock therapy of all kinds, is the cheapest, most effective
way to widen the gap between the rich and the poor, which has always been the
goal of the Elite.
Attacking the Chicago School and Milton Friedman, Klein
shows in chapter after chapter in her latest book, that Friedman’s notion of
bringing about rapid change could only happen effectively when people are
deliberately “shocked” by their governments and leaders.
Friedman traveled the world to bring this message to
politicians. After a natural disaster, terrorist threat, economic downturn,
biological warfare such as a flu virus, or starting a war are all examples of the
conditions that are necessary before a government can bring about the
change it desires.
Remember the ‘shock and awe’ of the invasion of Iraq. The
newspapers and the television networks did their part in promoting the illegal
war, with the Orwellian doublespeak at the bottom of the television screens,
“Operation Iraqi Freedom.” In this case the people of Iraq were being shocked
and terrorized, and the American people(most unknowingly) had their
Constitution and their Bill of Rights gutted by the Patriot Act.Huge steps were made in advancing a Police
State in the U.S. from 2001 to the present.
February 10, 2009 - Watching
the crowds in Iceland banging pots and pans until their government fell
reminded me of a chant popular in anti-capitalist circles in 2002: “You
are Enron. We are Argentina.”
message was simple enough. You--politicians and CEOs huddled at some
trade summit--are like the reckless scamming execs at Enron (of course,
we didn't know the half of it). We--the rabble outside--are like the
people of Argentina, who, in the midst of an economic crisis eerily
similar to our own, took to the street banging pots and pans. They
shouted, "¡Que se vayan todos!" ("All of them must go!") and
forced out a procession of four presidents in less than three weeks.
What made Argentina's 2001-02 uprising unique was that it wasn't
directed at a particular political party or even at corruption in the
abstract. The target was the dominant economic model--this was the
first national revolt against contemporary deregulated capitalism.
It's taken a while, but from Iceland to Latvia, South Korea to Greece, the rest of the world is finally having its ¡Que se vayan todos! moment.
The stoic Icelandic matriarchs beating their pots flat even as their kids ransack the fridge for projectiles (eggs, sure, but yogurt?)
echo the tactics made famous in Buenos Aires. So does the collective
rage at elites who trashed a once thriving country and thought they
could get away with it. As Gudrun Jonsdottir, a 36-year-old Icelandic
office worker, put it: "I've just had enough of this whole thing. I
don't trust the government, I don't trust the banks, I don't trust the
political parties and I don't trust the IMF. We had a good country, and
they ruined it."