News Flash: Everything Stays the Same When People Do Nothing!

Tonight I feel a bit of what it must have felt like to be an American in 2004 when George Bush got “elected” again.  Final results aren’t in yet, but it looks like four more years of Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberals, which means four more years of privatization, child poverty, police violence, and corruption for the province of BC.

Just like Bush, Campbell has used highly funded media campaigns to create a world of imaginary dangers and then convince people who aren’t used to critical thinking that he is the man that can protect them from it.  In Bush’s case, it was “THE TERRORISTS!”  Who exactly he meant was irrelevant.  With Campbell, it’s “THE ECONOMIC DISASTER!”  The irony, of course, is that it’s privatization, confusing standardized testing for education, raising tution fees, and failing to guarantee basic human needs like housing, food, medical care, and mental health support that’s caused the economic disaster in the first place.

Here at The Farmhouse, things won’t really change that much; we were marginal to begin with, and we’ll keep right on building a life for ourselves that doesn’t depend on structures that are beyond our control.  I don’t think any of us actually had any illusions that a new government would change very much, because it’s the structure of government that’s the problem, regardless of who’s in the chair.  At best, we might — and I stress might — have seen the threat of offshore oil and gas drilling and huge oil tankers in our fragile coastal ecosystems lifted, for now.  But then again, maybe not.  Until people get up off their butts and decide what they want and then go get it, change is not going to come by shoving some fucking piece of paper into a box and then going back to sleep for four more years.

The fact remains that there is not, and never has been, anything resembling real democracy in this province, or anywhere else.  The only thing that makes change is just getting out and doing it, building the world we want to live in by talking to each other, by going out and doing it.  So I guess I’ll get up tomorrow and head back out to the garden, just like usual.  Tonight maybe I’ll console myself with a little reading from Edward Abbey, and shake all that election insanity out of my head.  For a moment there I almost thought that voting made a difference; silly me.


4 Responses

  1. I guess real change is not going to come by administering said shoving of pieces of paper into boxes either, but at least we have $780 extra much-needed dollars between us at the sunflower house to buy seeds and manure with!

  2. Amen, bruthahs and sistahs! A few more defeats, a few more people recognizing that the system won’t ever heal itself, and (critically) a few more working models of life independent of the system, and then maybe more people will start to build their own autonomous alternatives. It’s going to take a long time to wean ourselves from dependency and faith in our leaders, but it can happen.

  3. Yep, the corruption and complete lack of social justice is becoming rediculously transparent to all but the totally brainwashed of the sheeple.

    Luckily we do have the right to withdraw our consent to be governed. If this is truly a free society, we should be free to leave it. And in fact by law we are free to do so. If we weren’t we would in fact be slaves.

    Watch a Magnificent Deception if you are interested.

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