I was reading the Saturday Toronto Star this morning and I just had to take a walk away from the kitchen table.
Let's see, the cover story has harper braying like a jack-ass about how he'll slash spending and taxes if re-elected. The Star reports that economically illiterate right-wing voters and hack, right-wing think-tanks are praising this nonsense. (That cover story ain't on the online version of the Star. Here's the gist of it .... link.)
All I can think is that it's depressing that this shit-head, with his shit-head ideas is considered a serious option for 30-40% of the people who bother to vote. Seriously. You want to see how good this economic drivel works? Take a look at the USA where millions of people are losing their homes, and the auto-industry is relying on extending credit to the same sort of people who were given crooked loans during the housing bubble. There's bankruptcies and tent-cities galore down there but the elite are living in never-never land in their bubble of privilege and doctored statistics.
Thomas Walkom has a piece about how Forest Hill voters talking about gravitating to the harpercons, with two Jewish women saying that harper's rabid support for Israeli war crimes has won him their votes.
The cover story about harper's spending cuts continues on page A8 with the headline: "Harper says savings will come from attrition." More grist for the mill that. Just like Rob Ford says that stopping the gravy train at Toronto City Hall will help him find the $1 billion shortfall between revenue and expenses! More completely fraudulent nonsense that should be presented with the crushing disdain it deserves.
In the "Greater Toronto" section there's an article "Duelling for downtown" dealing with the "condo factor" on downtown politics. There's a picture of a 69-year-old woman who votes NDP and two picture/bios of 30-something condo-dwelling yuppies who are "conservative" because of whatever, i couldn't bother to read anymore of it.
They're no doubt "conservative" because MASSIVE amounts of corporate wingnut welfare has sustained bullshit "think-tanks" and corrupted empty-headed newsrooms, and has fostered astro-turf groups on university campuses and in civil society to inculcate the false belief that corporate capitalism has been a success rather than a dismal failure. The whole right-wing counterattack has thrown progressive values back in shock and disarray, primarily because as an intellectual minority, we don't have the courage of our convictions and because tactically-speaking, we suck shit. Oh yeah. Also, the corporats have billions of dollars of everybody else's money (if they can afford to waste it on con-jobs for the public, they're obviously over-charging us for their products) and they control the media and the two main political parties.
At the end of reading all this shit, I'm moved to say that for genuine progressives, honesty is the best policy. (NOT, mind you, the Liberal Party hacks on "Progressive Bloggers" who are willing to return harper to power if it means they can steal enough votes from incumbent NDPr's and strong NDP challenges to harper. That sort of scum studies up on progressive issues only so that they can get jobs explaining why their party's latest betrayals of them are necessary and good.) By "honesty is the best policy" I mean that we must honestly and fearlessly express our views. We should not be afraid of "alienating" clueless people. How is the country supposed to turn away from right-wing economic nonsense, support for NATO or Israeli imperialism, worship the rich/bury the poor social policies, or police-state values, if there's nobody out there trashing such garbage?
And people are never going to move towards democratic socialism unless we sing its praises loud and proud. If you believe in something, and the majority doesn't, you have to ask why that is so. Given the serial failures of right-wing hegemony, I'd say that we're more than justified in our belief that we are right and the majority is wrong.
Last word, ... honesty ALSO means acknowledging when your opponents are right. This doesn't mean that you have to take the time to read everything from shit-heads like Ezra Levant or Jonah Goldberg. Some people have already discredited themselves with their consistent errors and stupidities. I just mean that if you come across an opposing view that effectively challenges you worldview, engage with it honestly, ... don't run from it.