We do not live in a Democracy
The article here tells me it is time to write something more about the Canadian Green party and electoral politics generally, from of course a Canadian Perspective. Yves Engler gives us the history of how the Greens got into the situation they are in. He is one of few commentators on this who actually knows what he is commentating about.
All this was about the Zionist thought police seeking to discipline the Greens for coming up with their resolution in sympathy to the Palestinians. The activities of Elizabeth May, the longtime Green leader, in driving down the Lascaris campaign during the leadership contest last fall, was clearly over his sponsorship of the resolution. She just May have had the idea that she was protecting her party from the wrath of the almighty Hasbaras.
What the party got was a globalist political operative on a mission to drive out all old staff at the party headquarters and replace it with her people. Annamie Paul was well schooled at the techniques of spinning herself as the victim of discrimination and confusing real issues. She has now made a pretence of resigning from the leadership while continuing her wrecking campaign inside the party.
This has caused me to dig up my article from the Green campaign last year. It was on my old blog. I will have to repost it below this article. Scroll.
My, my, what a difference a year makes. I vowed never to participate in electoral or party politics again. In two more recent blog posts, I am talking about my latest adventures in the NDP and urging people to vote in the recent federal campaign. In the first one, here I assured people that voting is useless but they should do it anyway.
What did I do in this time? I rejoined the NDP and got a spot on a federal riding executive. This is the hazard of attending annual general meetings which include some old friends. I was persuaded to fill in a hole on their board they were having trouble filing.
Now I think I am off their executive board again. I was told to not log into the latest meeting because of an “anonymous complaint.” It might anonymously have something to do with the blog I laid just after the election. Find that one here. It is becoming one of most read articles I have written lately.
In it I denounced the behavior of the “woke” and “identitarian” elements in the riding executive and campaign team for that particular riding and candidate. This was the riding where the Liberal party ran away from its candidate two days before the vote, he won anyway, and he refuses to resign. Any guesses?
All this was absurd. It was revealed that this candidate was involved in a couple of legal cases involving females. One he is accused of frigging up at a party, the other allegedly got fiddled with over a business deal. In the first case, the court rightly threw it out. In the second one, the courts will decide, not the NDP riding association.
I think it is getting fairly acrimonious again inside the riding association. The Twitter and Slack accounts have been locked down. E-mail communications have stopped, except for something short and interesting clearly sent to me by mistake.
It is saddening that people debase themselves in this way. That is why I wanted to forget about electoral politics. But there is some value in it. You have to play the clientelistic game that the rules encourage, but you can get “members of” who can steer resources to useful progressive initiatives. Your dear old member of parliament can be a lot of help in certain kinds of problems.
The thing is, do not think electoral politics is going to lead to any really progressive change. That will only happen outside the political process. It will require moving away from electoral politics to a system of direct democracy.
The travails of the Green Party at the hands of the Israel lobby show that a new system of honest information will be required as well. Government will not work as long as you have these massive political action groups and power networks behind them controlling public discussion. Closing them down means closing down not just capitalism but any form of oligarchy.
Until then, there is not much point in talking about freedom of speech. Action groups are exerting their freedom of speech. Their goal in doing so is to shut down the freedom to speak.
There is even less point to expecting anything to be changed by voting. Any political party which does not conform to the powerful action groups will be isolated, denigrated, and infiltrated. The hasbara, the Israel lobby, is just one of these groups.
I will be developing these themes in subsequent blogs. You might want to follow me. Happy Thanksgiving.
From Watching the Green Party Contest.
(Originally posted September 2020.)
As I started writing this I had just turned off the TV from the Green party leadership virtual convention. I would rather not have to hear the grovelling concession speeches.
So the Green party establishment’s hand picked candidate won. It was close. It is questionable whether a real “green socialist” candidate would have been able to effectively move the party in a good direction.
This sounds like I am a Dmitri Lascaris, Maryam Haddad, and Amitie Kuttner supporter. Those were my own first, second, and third rankings. I am a Lascaris fan; us baldies have to stick together.
If The Greens cannot be moved in a leftward direction, there is not much point to that party. I think the public is starting to figure that out. I hope none of the above mentioned favourites of mine think that the NDP could be an alternative.
There is a lot to say here about the realities of party politics in Canada under our single member plurality voting system and in these times of the collapse of the neoliberal order. The gist of it is that parliaments and electoral politics is becoming increasingly irrelevant. Going to a proportional representation system is not going to solve the problem; it has gotten way beyond that.
The fact is, representational democracy, whatever voting system is used, is not really democracy, it is a plan for an oligarchy. All the political parties we have in Canada are the voices of a faction of the ruling elite. The Greens have shown that they are pretty much owned by the globalizers; the people who want a world government and a reduction in the earth’s population.
The ecosocialists are a relatively new phenomenon. They have taken a run at control of the Green Party. It does not seem like they are totally controlled by elite groups. However, the candidates I ticked off all seem fairly new to politics and fairly naive about the prospects for real democracy.
The best hope for real change is that people like this will start to form networks and also start to get a better awareness of the real nature of society. They can start building a movement for a structural change in our political economy. The time is getting right for that, because the existing establishment is obviously in a terminal stage.
The Anomie of Annamie
The winner of the “contest” is a serious Globalist cadre. Paul’s resume ticks off all the boxes of someone groomed for a high position serving these people. She even worked with the International Criminal Court and with the “Climate Infrastructure partnership” which oversees the dismantling of existing infrastructure so as to destroy economic independence from the Globalist financialists. Yech!
Thus, I think that with Paul as leader, The Green Party of Canada will be travelling south from here. People generally know there is something wrong about the “climate” change narrative even while they know there is really something wrong with the environment. They know solving it will involve creating an authentic democracy and from that a new economic system which uses the natural world less wastefully.
Above all people are tired of superficially democratic processes which are rigged to put into position these carefully selected and groomed cadres. In the case of the green 2020 campaign, it was exceptionally easy to see the establishment’s thumb on the scale.
Replace, don’t Reform.
As I will keep repeating to my modest audience on the net, we are in one of these times where the old order is collapsing and there is nothing there to replace it. People do not know what they want to replace it with or how to go about creating a more truly democratic system. We do need to figure this out.
One thing has become clear, there is no path forward through the existing political system. So, let us start out on another path by going away from political parties of all kinds. After tonight I will not vote in any election under this system; including intraparty contests.
I am about to distance myself from voting reform advocates as well. Countries with Proportional voting systems have a smoother running oligarchy, but not a real democracy. I am still working out my own thinking about this, but I think it is necessary for the many good people trying to bring about a better world within this system, to start doing a fundamental rethink.
The questions should be, what would a real democracy look like? How do we get there? I am not the only voice in the wilderness who is starting to ask these questions. We need to connect and congeal.
It is time for disappointed left greenies to go away from political parties. We need fundamental changes to our system which are not going to happen through existing political parties and processes. That is what I will be talking about in future.