Umberto Eco - Eternal Fascism: Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt

12. Since both permanent war and heroism are difficult games to play, the Ur-Fascist transfers his will to power to sexual matters.
This is the origin of machismo (which implies both disdain for women and intolerance and condemnation of nonstandard sexual habits, from chastity to homosexuality). Since even sex is a difficult game to play, the Ur-Fascist hero tends to play with weapons — doing so becomes an ersatz phallic exercise.

Umberto Eco - Eternal Fascism: Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt

12. Since both permanent war and heroism are difficult games to play, the Ur-Fascist transfers his will to power to sexual matters.

This is the origin of machismo (which implies both disdain for women and intolerance and condemnation of nonstandard sexual habits, from chastity to homosexuality). Since even sex is a difficult game to play, the Ur-Fascist hero tends to play with weapons — doing so becomes an ersatz phallic exercise.

Pierre Trudeau - Just watch me

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Brigette DePape - Thinking Outside the Ballot Box

“When a government’s agenda does not reflect the true values of its people – as is the case with the Harper government – it is up to every one of us to act to stop it. As Henry David Thoreau explained in his classic 1849 text titled Civil Disobedience, people have a duty not to permit their governments to overrule their consciences, and to not stand by while government makes them agents of injustice. As citizens of Canada during the Harper majority, we are agents of injustice so long as we are silent.”

Brigette DePape - Thinking Outside the Ballot Box

“When a government’s agenda does not reflect the true values of its people – as is the case with the Harper government – it is up to every one of us to act to stop it. As Henry David Thoreau explained in his classic 1849 text titled Civil Disobedience, people have a duty not to permit their governments to overrule their consciences, and to not stand by while government makes them agents of injustice. As citizens of Canada during the Harper majority, we are agents of injustice so long as we are silent.”

THIS SATURDAY IN VANCOUVER
Report Election Fraud

This week we’ve seen mounting evidence of widespread fraud in the 2011 election. Now we need your help to find people who were directly affected, and lay the groundwork for possible new elections.
Over the last week we have seen mounting evidence of systematic fraud in the 2011 election. Now we need to learn the whole truth. Nearly 35,000 Canadians who have already taken action to protect our democracy. Together we can form a powerful fact-finding network, and lay the groundwork for possible new elections in the affected ridings.
Canadians’ confidence in the fairness and legitimacy of the last election has been deeply shaken. The news keeps getting worse. Call center employees have reported they were instructed to send misleading messages seemingly designed to stop non-Conservatives from voting. As the list of potentially affected individuals and ridings continues to grow, the NDP, Liberals and Greens have called for full investigations in all affected ridings.In response, the Conservative government has dismissed allegations of systematic election fraud as a mere “smear campaign”.
We need to help find the truth about what happened in the last election and use this knowledge to choose the best ways to restore the integrity of our democracy.
When this story broke last week, it started a 30-day count-down to begin court proceedings that could lead to new elections in the affected ridings. Our strategy may include legal challenges.
Were you, or was anyone you know, the target of any voter suppression tactics, or do you have any information about electoral fraud in your riding? OR, would you like to learn more about how you could challenge the result in your riding?

Report Election Fraud

This week we’ve seen mounting evidence of widespread fraud in the 2011 election. Now we need your help to find people who were directly affected, and lay the groundwork for possible new elections.

Over the last week we have seen mounting evidence of systematic fraud in the 2011 election. Now we need to learn the whole truth. Nearly 35,000 Canadians who have already taken action to protect our democracy. Together we can form a powerful fact-finding network, and lay the groundwork for possible new elections in the affected ridings.

Canadians’ confidence in the fairness and legitimacy of the last election has been deeply shaken. The news keeps getting worse. Call center employees have reported they were instructed to send misleading messages seemingly designed to stop non-Conservatives from voting. As the list of potentially affected individuals and ridings continues to grow, the NDP, Liberals and Greens have called for full investigations in all affected ridings.In response, the Conservative government has dismissed allegations of systematic election fraud as a mere “smear campaign”.

We need to help find the truth about what happened in the last election and use this knowledge to choose the best ways to restore the integrity of our democracy.

When this story broke last week, it started a 30-day count-down to begin court proceedings that could lead to new elections in the affected ridings. Our strategy may include legal challenges.

Were you, or was anyone you know, the target of any voter suppression tactics, or do you have any information about electoral fraud in your riding? OR, would you like to learn more about how you could challenge the result in your riding?

"either stand with us or with the child pornographers.”
– Harper Government
"The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation."
– Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf
do something

"either stand with us or with the child pornographers.”

– Harper Government

"The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation."

– Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf

do something

In the last federal election, 61% of voters cast ballots for change, but the vote split and our broken electoral system gave Stephen Harper a majority of seats in Parliament.
Now, if we work together, we can make sure our next government represents a majority of Canadians and fixes our broken electoral system. Here’s how we can do it:
During the next election, the NDP, Liberals and Greens can cooperate in key ridings to defeat Stephen Harper’s government, and then pass electoral reform to make Canada’s democracy work better for everyone.
We can do it, but only if we start now.
The NDP and Liberals are preparing to choose their next leaders, and cooperation is a major issue in these debates. We need to show the leadership candidates that thousands of Canadians are willing to take action to support cooperation for electoral reform.
This is a long-term campaign, but the first deadline is just days away - February 18th is the last day to join the NDP to vote in this leadership election.
This could be the start of something big.
Last Thursday, we sent a message to the whole Leadnow community. We asked if you would support political cooperation between the NDP, Liberals and Greens to defeat the current government in the next election, and then pass electoral reform. Almost 10,000 responded. 95% said yes, with an astounding 72% “strongly agreeing”.[1]
Now, as the NDP and Liberals choose their new leaders, we urgently need to turn that incredible support into real action.

Here’s the proposal: during the next federal election, the opposition parties agree to work together in key ridings to defeat Conservative incumbents. After the election, the NDP, Liberals and Greens cooperate to pass electoral reform and make sure our government better reflects the values and priorities of all Canadians.
Right now, both the Liberals and NDP are looking for new leaders. Cooperation is a major issue in these party elections, and your voice can make a big difference. To get started, we need thousands of Canadians to tell the opposition parties that we want them to work together for our common good.

In the last federal election, 61% of voters cast ballots for change, but the vote split and our broken electoral system gave Stephen Harper a majority of seats in Parliament.

Now, if we work together, we can make sure our next government represents a majority of Canadians and fixes our broken electoral system. Here’s how we can do it:

During the next election, the NDP, Liberals and Greens can cooperate in key ridings to defeat Stephen Harper’s government, and then pass electoral reform to make Canada’s democracy work better for everyone.

We can do it, but only if we start now.

The NDP and Liberals are preparing to choose their next leaders, and cooperation is a major issue in these debates. We need to show the leadership candidates that thousands of Canadians are willing to take action to support cooperation for electoral reform.

This is a long-term campaign, but the first deadline is just days away - February 18th is the last day to join the NDP to vote in this leadership election.


This could be the start of something big.

Last Thursday, we sent a message to the whole Leadnow community. We asked if you would support political cooperation between the NDP, Liberals and Greens to defeat the current government in the next election, and then pass electoral reform. Almost 10,000 responded. 95% said yes, with an astounding 72% “strongly agreeing”.[1]

Now, as the NDP and Liberals choose their new leaders, we urgently need to turn that incredible support into real action.

Here’s the proposal: during the next federal election, the opposition parties agree to work together in key ridings to defeat Conservative incumbents. After the election, the NDP, Liberals and Greens cooperate to pass electoral reform and make sure our government better reflects the values and priorities of all Canadians.

Right now, both the Liberals and NDP are looking for new leaders. Cooperation is a major issue in these party elections, and your voice can make a big difference. To get started, we need thousands of Canadians to tell the opposition parties that we want them to work together for our common good.

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CBC.ca - Jack Layton’s last letter to Canadians

To young Canadians: All my life I have worked to make things better. Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. More and more, you are engaging in politics because you want to change things for the better. Many of you have placed your trust in our party. As my time in political life draws to a close I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and this world. There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.
And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level where there are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring about change. In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you. My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.
All my very best,
Jack Layton

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CBC.ca - Jack Layton’s last letter to Canadians

To young Canadians: All my life I have worked to make things better. Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. More and more, you are engaging in politics because you want to change things for the better. Many of you have placed your trust in our party. As my time in political life draws to a close I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and this world. There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.

And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level where there are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring about change. In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you. My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

All my very best,

Jack Layton

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The Globe and Mail - Harper to pick former B.C. premier as Canadian envoy to Britain
Now he’ll have a whole nother side of the road to drink and drive on (or “drink-drive" on, in the common parlance of all those newly at-risk Brits out there). And with diplomatic immunity no less!
Honestly, what does it say about the state of representative democracy when a man loathed out of his own job as premier (“single-digit popularity”, according to the same Globe article) and, by the same token, out of his own political home (British Columbia), is whisked overseas to take up a governmental sinecure? Not only do we residents of British Columbia demonstrably not want the man representing us at home, he is now going to represent our entire country abroad. Shouldn’t a public figure’s track record of indefensible personal judgment count for something?
I seem to recall the same Gordon Campbell chiming in on the case of Ray Lam, a provincial NDP candidate who was shamefully shamed out of running for the Vancouver-False Creek seat after a picture of him cheekily touching a woman’s breast with his (gay-man) hand was discovered on his Facebook (see: this CBC article). Yes there were other pictures, but yes, they were between consenting adults, and consenting adults should be pretty much allowed to do whatever they want so long as it doesn’t hurt or risk hurting anyone (i.e., a whole colourful spectrum of non-drinking-and-driving activities).
Quoth envoy-elect Campbell on the case of Ray Lam:

"This was public information. It was on the NDP website and they have some responsibilities in terms of that. … They were totally inappropriate pictures and the NDP has some questions to answer for," he said Monday while campaigning near Vancouver.

Well how about the above pictures, eh?
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The Globe and Mail - Harper to pick former B.C. premier as Canadian envoy to Britain

Now he’ll have a whole nother side of the road to drink and drive on (or “drink-drive" on, in the common parlance of all those newly at-risk Brits out there). And with diplomatic immunity no less!

Honestly, what does it say about the state of representative democracy when a man loathed out of his own job as premier (“single-digit popularity”, according to the same Globe article) and, by the same token, out of his own political home (British Columbia), is whisked overseas to take up a governmental sinecure? Not only do we residents of British Columbia demonstrably not want the man representing us at home, he is now going to represent our entire country abroad. Shouldn’t a public figure’s track record of indefensible personal judgment count for something?

I seem to recall the same Gordon Campbell chiming in on the case of Ray Lam, a provincial NDP candidate who was shamefully shamed out of running for the Vancouver-False Creek seat after a picture of him cheekily touching a woman’s breast with his (gay-man) hand was discovered on his Facebook (see: this CBC article). Yes there were other pictures, but yes, they were between consenting adults, and consenting adults should be pretty much allowed to do whatever they want so long as it doesn’t hurt or risk hurting anyone (i.e., a whole colourful spectrum of non-drinking-and-driving activities).

Quoth envoy-elect Campbell on the case of Ray Lam:

"This was public information. It was on the NDP website and they have some responsibilities in terms of that. … They were totally inappropriate pictures and the NDP has some questions to answer for," he said Monday while campaigning near Vancouver.

Well how about the above pictures, eh?

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 3, 2011
Senate Page disrupts throne speechHarper’s disastrous agenda needs to be stopped with creative action and civil disobedience
Ottawa — During the reading of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s throne speech today, a young page was yanked from the Senate Chamber as she tried to hold up a stop-sign placard reading “Stop Harper.”
"Harper’s agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation," Brigette Marcelle says. "We have to stop him from wasting billions on fighter jets, military bases, and corporate tax cuts while cutting social programs and destroying the climate. Most people in this country know what we need are green jobs, better medicare, and a healthy environment for future generations."
Brigette Marcelle, 21 and a recent graduate from University of Ottawa, has been a page in the Senate for a year, but realized that working within parliament wouldn’t stop Harper’s agenda.
"Contrary to Harper’s rhetoric, Conservative values are not in fact Canadian values. How could they be when 3 out of 4 eligible voters didn’t even give their support to the Conservatives? But we will only be able to stop Harper’s agenda if people of all ages and from all walks of life engage in creative actions and civil disobediance," she says.
"This country needs a Canadian version of an Arab Spring, a flowering of popular movements that demonstrate that real power to change things lies not with Harper but in the hands of the people, when we act together in our streets, neighbourhoods and workplaces."
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, June 3, 2011

Senate Page disrupts throne speech
Harper’s disastrous agenda needs to be stopped with creative action and civil disobedience

Ottawa — During the reading of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s throne speech today, a young page was yanked from the Senate Chamber as she tried to hold up a stop-sign placard reading “Stop Harper.”

"Harper’s agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation," Brigette Marcelle says. "We have to stop him from wasting billions on fighter jets, military bases, and corporate tax cuts while cutting social programs and destroying the climate. Most people in this country know what we need are green jobs, better medicare, and a healthy environment for future generations."

Brigette Marcelle, 21 and a recent graduate from University of Ottawa, has been a page in the Senate for a year, but realized that working within parliament wouldn’t stop Harper’s agenda.

"Contrary to Harper’s rhetoric, Conservative values are not in fact Canadian values. How could they be when 3 out of 4 eligible voters didn’t even give their support to the Conservatives? But we will only be able to stop Harper’s agenda if people of all ages and from all walks of life engage in creative actions and civil disobediance," she says.

"This country needs a Canadian version of an Arab Spring, a flowering of popular movements that demonstrate that real power to change things lies not with Harper but in the hands of the people, when we act together in our streets, neighbourhoods and workplaces."

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Matt Peters - 6,201 reasons to get frustrated

Matt Peters and Ryan Boldt decided to dust off their calculators this afternoon and do some ‘rithmatic. They were appalled at what they discovered. Time for some sobering statistics. You might want to prepare a barf bag:
• 6,201. Friends, this is not the title of the newest Rush album. This is a number we need to remember over the course of the next four years and especially during the next election. 6,201 is the COMBINED margin of victory across the 14 most closely contested Conservative ridings in Canada. The COMBINED margin of victory. This is how close the election actually was. In each of these races the Conservatives had a margin of victory of less than 800 votes. Most margins were much, much smaller. See below for a statistical breakdown.
• 14. You need to remember this number for two reasons. Firstly, it is the number of seats the Conservatives currently have above and beyond their majority. In these 14 contentious races, if there had been even a slightly more focused effort by the parties on the Left to consolidate their voter bases we could have easily swayed the balance of power away from the Conservatives and prevented their majority (only 6,201 votes total were needed, spread across 14 ridings). 14 is also significant because, if you can believe it, 14 votes was the actual margin of victory for the Conservatives over the Liberals in the eastern Ontario riding of Nipissing-Timiskaming. In this riding 11,357 people voted for the NDP or the Green party. 27,887 registered electors didn’t vote at all. Only 14 votes were needed to defeat the Conservatives. Let that sink in.

Necessary options: electoral reform or, if FPTP prevails, a centre-left merger.
Bright spot: whatever happens with electoral reform or merger activity, the Greens have a legitimizing toehold from which to illustrate a clear political alternative, one that might be said to exist outside the standard left-right spectrum. They will have to communicate that they are not a “single-issue party”, but rather a party with a fundamentally different set of basic values, values that can be shown to logically and consistently inform all areas of government policy.
Encouraging: younger types seem to give a shit at last, although enduring attention spans and a willingness to take action remain to be proven.
Tiresome: party politics in general. Blindly fervid allegiance to political brands and overnight idolization of leaders strike me as curiously-palatable secular substitutes for the sort of zaniness one comes across in religion. Ideally, engaged and conscientious voters would determine their own values without the influence of arbitrary political entities, and an active and sustained public conversation (magically safeguarded from the pernicious influence of lobbyist money, caveat caveat etc. etc.) would follow. Obviously, a policy-minded zeitgeist isn’t something that’s going to just pop up overnight, but there’s always room for improvement from where we are. The only way people will get engaged, though, is: (1) on a hyper-partisan and oversimplified basis à la Democrats vs. Republicans; (2) on an individualized, collaborative, and eclectic basis, one outside the ham-fisted, dogmatic, and innately antagonistic context of old school party politics.
Not an option: cynical apathy.
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Matt Peters - 6,201 reasons to get frustrated

Matt Peters and Ryan Boldt decided to dust off their calculators this afternoon and do some ‘rithmatic. They were appalled at what they discovered. Time for some sobering statistics. You might want to prepare a barf bag:

• 6,201. Friends, this is not the title of the newest Rush album. This is a number we need to remember over the course of the next four years and especially during the next election. 6,201 is the COMBINED margin of victory across the 14 most closely contested Conservative ridings in Canada. The COMBINED margin of victory. This is how close the election actually was. In each of these races the Conservatives had a margin of victory of less than 800 votes. Most margins were much, much smaller. See below for a statistical breakdown.

• 14. You need to remember this number for two reasons. Firstly, it is the number of seats the Conservatives currently have above and beyond their majority. In these 14 contentious races, if there had been even a slightly more focused effort by the parties on the Left to consolidate their voter bases we could have easily swayed the balance of power away from the Conservatives and prevented their majority (only 6,201 votes total were needed, spread across 14 ridings). 14 is also significant because, if you can believe it, 14 votes was the actual margin of victory for the Conservatives over the Liberals in the eastern Ontario riding of Nipissing-Timiskaming. In this riding 11,357 people voted for the NDP or the Green party. 27,887 registered electors didn’t vote at all. Only 14 votes were needed to defeat the Conservatives. Let that sink in.

Necessary options: electoral reform or, if FPTP prevails, a centre-left merger.

Bright spot: whatever happens with electoral reform or merger activity, the Greens have a legitimizing toehold from which to illustrate a clear political alternative, one that might be said to exist outside the standard left-right spectrum. They will have to communicate that they are not a “single-issue party”, but rather a party with a fundamentally different set of basic values, values that can be shown to logically and consistently inform all areas of government policy.

Encouraging: younger types seem to give a shit at last, although enduring attention spans and a willingness to take action remain to be proven.

Tiresome: party politics in general. Blindly fervid allegiance to political brands and overnight idolization of leaders strike me as curiously-palatable secular substitutes for the sort of zaniness one comes across in religion. Ideally, engaged and conscientious voters would determine their own values without the influence of arbitrary political entities, and an active and sustained public conversation (magically safeguarded from the pernicious influence of lobbyist money, caveat caveat etc. etc.) would follow. Obviously, a policy-minded zeitgeist isn’t something that’s going to just pop up overnight, but there’s always room for improvement from where we are. The only way people will get engaged, though, is: (1) on a hyper-partisan and oversimplified basis à la Democrats vs. Republicans; (2) on an individualized, collaborative, and eclectic basis, one outside the ham-fisted, dogmatic, and innately antagonistic context of old school party politics.

Not an option: cynical apathy.

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well then, gonna get all my abortions and gay marriages in this week before it’s too late
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well then, gonna get all my abortions and gay marriages in this week before it’s too late

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