I'm with Chris Hedges. We are sorely in need of revolutionary change. It's come to the point where we have to kick over the traces if we're to have any hope of reclaiming democracy and salvaging a liveable world for our grandchildren.
For me, the straw that broke the camel's back was the report last week that we have lost half the planet's wild life over the last 40-years. Such an unbelievably brief interval to have caused such devastation.
I predicted at the time that the report would be forgotten, consigned down the memory hole, within a week and that is precisely what has occurred. Our political caste has treated the whole business as a non-event. It's not even on their radar.
If we can be so complacent about the loss of half the world's wild life in just 40-years, what does this portend for the remaining half? What is our tipping point for biodiversity collapse? How vulnerable is our civilization, how fragile are we?
A lot of people have no clue how dependent mankind is on biodiversity. We don't grasp how interconnected the species are and how the loss of part of our biodiversity ripples through every other species.
We lose the pollinators, we starve en masse. Plain as day. Without the bees and other insect pollinators plants don't reproduce. That includes all the plants that we feed on. Predator species keep pests and disease at bay. Lose enough of them and your life will become very different very rapidly.
We're facing an extraordinary, immediate and potentially existential threat and all our political caste can do is yawn - and preen. And that's just one threat, one of several.
Making the country work for Canadians is more than tweaking tax policy even if neoliberals don't see it that way. It's about building a society that is as robust and cohesive as possible. That means countering the forces that corrode social cohesion - inequality, authoritarianism, corporatism. Make no mistake, these are forces that degrade our democracy and there are a good many within our political caste who are just fine with that.
Our political apparatus is no longer responsive to the needs of our people and the future needs of our nation. Biodiversity, who cares? Inequality, sure we'll get right on that. Climate change, we get it but just not now. The death of democratic press freedom? Next.
Perhaps you're a true believer who thinks all Canada needs is new management - i.e. your party in power - and all will be right. I'll tell you what I believe. I believe that's delusional thinking. Rubbish, utter nonsense. The best we can hope for out of the New Democrats or Liberals is government "less worse" than the Harper Conservatives and that's still no damned good for us, our grandkids and our Canada.