It's a curious old world, a festering global predicament you might say, that we find ourselves in today.
The rich get richer, the poor get screwed, those in the middle worry about joining those at the bottom. Now even the rich are beginning to wonder if they're setting themselves up for a fall. They're starting to see neoliberal capitalism running off the rails.
There is no end of reports from some pretty impressive sources warning that the mess we failed to fix, the global economic collapse of 2008, could return any day and even worse than before.
The environment, well, what can you say? Greenhouse gas emissions keep going up long after they should have been going down rapidly. Like a plague of locusts we're devouring the Earth's renewable resources - the very essence of life - far faster than the environment can replenish them. We have broken the hydrological cycle. Earth's systems can no longer keep up with our output of waste and pollution of all sorts. In just forty years we have lost half the planet's wild life scarcely reflecting on how critical biodiversity is to our own hold on life.
We are losing faith in our governments. This is beginning to manifest in unrest (the Occupy movement, etc.) and upheaval (the Arab Spring) and outright civil war (Syria, Sudan). If you think the Occupy movement and the Arab Spring failed, bear in mind they're only the first wave. There'll be more to come if only because those directly affected really have no other choice.
We increasingly see governments in service to private interests at the expense of the public interest. Political capture is the game of choice of the emerging plutocracy movement, the ascendancy of the corporate state embodied in illiberal democracy, deep government secrecy and the rise of the surveillance state. What is presented to an unwary public is so much kabuki theater.
As we lose faith in our governments, they in turn are becoming increasingly wary of other governments, particularly their regional neighbours. In the West, we're all stocking up on stealth warplanes, by their nature inherently offensive weapons. In Asia it's submarines, loads of them. Even the city state of Singapore has four with more on order. China has 50 including five nukes with more on the way. India has deployed its first, made in India nuclear missile boat.
We're now hearing pleas that Thomas Jefferson would have recognized - the call for revolt to rescue our democracies, reform our economies and rebuild our societies. Some, such as Naomi Klein, think that the chaos of climate change will provide the opportunity and stimulus for reformation in the form of a new, distributive capitalism to replace neoliberal, free market, anything goes capitalism.
At this point the question is what do you think? How do you see this Maelstrom of forces playing out? What do you see as our options? What do you think we ought to do? What's best for Canada? What are the risks for Canada if we continue with the status quo?
I've done my share of writing here, now it's your turn.