Anyone who thinks that democracy is not under attack in Canada and elsewhere is, frankly, delusional. Anyone who thinks that we're not under attack by corporatism and its political allies is naive. Anyone who thinks this is a war we can win without hitting back is steeped in nihilism.
A new report from the Washington-based, Center for Corporate Policy, reveals how corporate giants have partnered with private-sector spooks and government intelligence services to spy on activist groups and NGOs. In Canada we know them as our federal government's spy agencies and the energy producers and pipeline operators they serve against opponents of the Northern Gateway pipeline.
We are strangers, outsiders to this corporate-political state. Within it we have no place, no voice, no vote. We've already been labelled enemies of that state. If we don't fight back, this fascist state will supplant our democracy and we will become, essentially, stateless.
The CCP report is entitled, "Spooky Business, Corporate Espionage against Non-Profit Organizations." It serves as an indictment against a range of corporate malefactors from Burger King to WalMart, BAE, Bank of America, McDonalds, Monsanto and Chevron, among others.
The top target of the forces of corporatism is, not surprisingly, Greenpeace.
In the US, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have partnered with private industry via an entity called InfraGard.