Happy New Year, out with the old and in with the new!
Thanks Georgia and America! Life could be full of play, exuberance, wonder, surprise, paradox, scandal, gratitude and children who know poetry – despite everything! Not everything is seized by the right-wing – 76 years after Hitler’s defeat!
The state that made itself poor by giving trillions to “too big to fail” Wall Street banks still sets private and special interests above public interests and replaces representative government with lobbyists armed with mountains of corporate money. Tax havens, stock buybacks, micro-second betting and insider trading are market distortions. Fair taxation means a wealth tax on the super-rich and tackling these distortions.
America, rich in things and poor in soul, faces a crisis of its democracy and its identity. “We can have democracy or concentration of wealth, not both” said Justice Louis Brandeis, the longest-serving Supreme Court justice.
Vancouver BC is a model of social justice and mosaic interdependence with its three-structure Refugee Welcoming Center built in 2014. So much could be learned in transportation, health care and intercultural learning! Its 26 community centers give working and nonworking an identity in the modern project. These centers are like a third way beyond state and market, a civil society without barriers, $4 casserole dinners, libraries, TV, game rooms and 3 hours of computers a day. The closed border means news about Vancity must be circulated by word of mouth.
“When the state trusts citizens, citizens trust the state,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Can the state be active and supportive, not activating and punishing, creative and not inert and anemic? When the state only responds to corporate money, it becomes radically solipsistic, plant-like and only reactive!
Resisting the beginnings of fascism and authoritarianism means resisting manipulation and control, domination and spiritless tyranny in the guise of public concern and paternalistic health laws!