Many of us have concluded that big business is running the show. We have corporatocracy, not democracy.
If that is the case, by definition, there has been a coup d’état by stealth in Canada (and in the U.S.).
“Military historian Edward Luttwak says, “A coup consists of the infiltration of a small, but critical, segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder”, thus, armed force (either military or paramilitary) is not a defining feature of a coup d’état.”
Yes – that is what we have. You know it more intimately if you have been in the trenches fighting
- to protect your local water supply from pollution or “bottling”,
- to figure out why we even have to fight against the introduction of gmo wheat when consumers nor farmers want it,
- or against gmo salmon,
- or, name your area.
Most Canadians know it – – all you have to do is start a conversation on the subject and the other person will chime in with their concurring observation.
Leonard Cohen sings it , “Everybody knows . . .”
So now we have that on the table,
In Canada today, a “developed” country, we have the communications and means to empower ourselves.
The corporatist situation exists and continues because we accept it: Simplisticly stated, rulers cannot rule unless we agree to let them rule. We are much more numerous than they.
Coup changes government without changing social system i.e. replacing Yanukovich with Poroshenko in Ukraine just substituted one oligarch with another without changing oligarchical Capitalist society.
Revolutions change social systems. Examples are numerous – French and English bourgeois revolutions abolished Feudalism / Absolute Monarchy and established Capitalism / bourgeois democracy. Russian revolutions: 1905 – Absolute Monarchy to Parliamentary Monarchy, February 1917 – Monarchy to Republic / bourgeoise Democracy, October 1917 – bourgeoise Democracy to Socialism, 1993 – Socialism to bourgeoise Democracy.
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ELABORATION (originally a response to Yeoshi).
. . . However, I think you are talking about RESISTANCE (not The Law).
(I have been twice to the Museum of Non-Violent Resistance in Berlin, and once to Robben Island in South Africa where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. I think we need to know Resistance better. There are a number of postings on this blog, for example related to Mahatma Ghandi. “Empowerment” is a related category.)
What you call the New World Order, I call the Corporatocracy. We know who the worst offenders in the Corporatocracy are. The RESISTANCE, the intention to move us onto a different path, to develop better ways, is in response to them. (Maybe we should be thankful to the Corporatocracy for setting us in motion?! Ha ha!)
Once we decide we don’t like to be governed by a system that is concentrating all the wealth in the hands of the already-wealthy, that we are absorbing the costs while they offshore their money to avoid kicking in their fair share, – – – the list goes on and on – – – governments that govern on behalf of corporate interests, failure to problem-solve because it might affect “returns on investment”, the huge amounts of money taken from the public purse to benefit these corporations who are corrupt and without scruples, actions that undermine democracy, set citizen against citizen according to race or religion or bank account, destroy the environment . . . Once we decide “no more”, once we no longer agree to be ruled by “them”, the game SHOULD/COULD be over; we are numerous, they are not. (Alas! there are other factors.)
In the world it is not usually one thing or the other, but a combination of factors. A “both and” situation. It seems to me that when people understand the role of governance (the transition from more democratic to more corporatist governance and values), they know that the solutions lie in working together (the many millions of us).
I am reminded – – Tom Flanagan from the University of Calgary who was closely aligned with the Harper Conservatives was interviewed about the threats to their agenda. I understood his response to basically say that the forces fighting to stop the poisoning of the water and air, to work aggressively to ameliorate climate change – – the Indians and Environmentalists – – were weak. His written analysis: no danger they would start working together, hence they posed no threat. I was kind of shocked that he was so far off the mark. Everything I was witnessing was of the First Nations, Environmentalists, Conservationists and “Survivalists” forming close bonds working together.
We’ve made progress in giving the usurpers the boot. But first,
LINGUSITICS (Language is important!):
As discussed in RCMP identify coup d’etat as threat to Canada, we would be said to be in revolution against the corporatocracy that took away our democracy.
To the usurpers, the ones now ruling (“corporate globalization” is another term used) – – to them we would be “insurgents” . . . or “insurrectionists”. If we’re fighting for
Those are the names applied by Western media to people who resist in countries outside western democracies. (People in countries that have been colonized – – they are insurgents against the Colonizers. But really they are only people trying to take back their countries.) Yesterday I heard the word “rebels” used. What are the nuances? Insurrection – – insurgency – – revolution – – .
Insurrection is an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion or resistance against civil authority or an established government. (Is that what is happening in the U.S. today? the killing of 5 police officers in Dallas, Texas after the long string of black men shot and killed by police? with the recent live-streaming of the killing of Philando Castile)
Insurrectionist – a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions) freedom fighter, insurgent, rebel. I guess you’d have to say it sure meets the criteria of “armed” if it’s in the U.S. They are awash in weapons of all kinds, and with lots of people trained and experienced in using them (killing) – – the veterans of year after year, of war after war, going back to Viet Nam and beyond and continuing forward.
About Insurgency: When insurgency is used to describe a movement’s unlawfulness by virtue of not being authorized by or in accordance with the law of the land, its use is neutral. However, when it is used by a state or another authority under threat, “insurgency” often also carries an implication that the rebels’ cause is illegitimate, whereas those rising up will see the authority itself as being illegitimate. … No kidding! But moving on,
Yes, the Corporatocracy is going to fight back because they don’t like to lose their power and control, status and wealth. The fight-back by the usurpers would be called “counter-insurgency” – – military or political action taken against the activities of guerrillas or revolutionaries.
See how the language makes the ones who are fighting for democracy into “the bad guys“? It comes from a history of colonialism, whether European, American or Canadian. A partial list of excellent leaders, democratically-elected who wished to stop the exploitation by corporate interests backed by a foreign government is at 2016-03-22 There are two sides to the story. Why do we hear only one? (Terrorists & Context: CIA – examples Mossadegh, Lumumba, Arbenz, Guevera, Allende).
What was at stake? (What IS at stake – – it hasn’t changed):
- people (cheap, impoverished labour)
- resources (oil, land for growing mountains of cheap (canned) pineapple to market in first world countries, …) and
- environment (poisoning of land, air and water)
Mossadegh, Lumumba, Allende, democratically-elected leaders who fought for the interests of their people, became dangerous revolutionaries in the eyes of the people in the U.S and their allies. (Simply through propaganda, through collaborative media.)
The same propaganda tool was attempted by former prime minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives when “environmentalists” became enemies of Canada financed by foreign interests, as they claimed. I should be locked up, same as my fellow activists and others by association.
Citizens who challenged the exploitation and poisoning, who stood to defend democracy, became “terrorists” as when the anti-terrorist squad of the RCMP was deployed over the incidents on the EnCana pipeline, Dawson Creek (story on this blog).
Fight for civil rights – – you are threatening the power, control and wealth of a ruling elite and their minions who are very comfortable where they are.
The imperialists use the same tool the Nazis used: language that creates enemies and bad guys. Polish people were “vermin”, the justification for Nazi invasion. Mossadegh, Lumumba, Allende – – – revolutionaries who had to be eliminated or removed. “Environmentalists”, people who protest trade deals designed to suit the corporatocracy – – jail them.
Spread over a number of years,
- coup d’état – corporatocray infiltrates democracy, takes over the reins of government by stealth using money, revolving doors, quislings and other means (think SPP)
- revolution or insurgency – (the word carries innuendo of “bad guys”) Citizens resist, they do not agree that business interests and values should be running the show
- counter insurgency – corporatocracy wants to hold onto power and control. They mobilize “a counterinsurgency force” against the forces fighting to restore democracy.
In Canada the counter insurgency includes (some of you will add your own examples – there are lots more to choose from):
The Police tactics at Montebello and the G-20 Summit in Toronto were extensions of the counter insurgency against citizen mobilizations over the World Trade Organization (WTO) which is the Corporatocracy, the SPP, in different garb. Battle in Seattle, WTO, SPP.
It is easier for me, propagandized as I am to view “the West” as the “good guys”, to use the “insurgency” language for conflict in developing countries (over “There” where the bad guys live, not “Here” in the land of “the Good”) .
When I try to see what is happening in my own country, it is more difficult. But after working with our network for more than 15 years, battle after battle, what becomes obvious is the corporate power behind-the-scenes with the accompanying corruption of governance and values. Corporatocracy’s coup d’état over democracy, insurgency and counter insurgency, are indeed the right words to describe the Canadian (and American) situation.
We need to use the proper LANGUAGE. The right words bring clarity and the ability to have productive discussion.
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PROGRESS IN GIVING THE USURPERS THE BOOT:
There is more than one way to skin the cat. As I see it, the Corporatocracy is slowly crumbling under the varied guerilla attacks against them.
1. Many of the UKers who voted to exit the European Union did so because they objected to . . (what?) .. they didn’t have a word for it. The symptoms they gave were those of a Corporatocracy (or New World Order (NWO) as Yeoshi calls it). The UKers had an opportunity to give the boot to unaccountable, undemocratic corporate governance and they used it. See 2016-06-29 Post-Brexit results: Is governing by referendum democratic? Reply to CBC The Current. (Corporatocracy, Linguistics.) and 2016-07-07 Maude Barlow: Brexit, CETA and the right way to create trade agreements. Corporatocracy.
2. A non-violent, Rule-of-Law way to take down some of the leadership of the NWO Corporatocracy: In the wake of the recent UK Iraq War Report, Tony Blair AND the people with whom he launched an illegal War will be again shaking in their boots. They are drawing ever closer to being prosecuted. Roots Action has already launched a petition calling for the prosecution of Blair. Roots is American-based; they see that if we can together push hard so that Blair DOES get prosecuted, then Bush, Cheney and the others will not be far behind. It is worth it for all of us to sign the petition and encourage others to do the same. The link to the RootsAction Petition is on http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=16915. Take down the leadership.
3. Lockheed Martin Corp plays a central leadership role in the Corporatocracy. And the lead role in Surveillance and war. As I read it, you (Yeoshi) don’t agree to let them play their leadership role, and I don’t, and hundreds of thousands of others don’t either. We will not allow the building of detailed files on individual citizens.
4. The March Against Monsanto is another arm of the rebellion.
5. All the multiple groups working on the transformation (from larvae to butterfly) are the health of the new world we are creating.
We have Occupy, Idle No More, Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, the determination not to re-elect the Conservatives under Stephen Harper (a component of the Corporatocracy), HaveNoFear, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Glen Greenwald, as I say hundreds of thousands, no millions . . . all skinning the cat in their own way. Alongside us, in our way. The cat won’t survive the insurgency (the guerilla warfare).
You do not need killing weapons to fight a war.
Rulers cannot rule unless we agree to let them rule.
Events tell me We have reached the point where we are no longer willing to be ruled by the corporatocracy.
The insurgency and counter insurgency in North America have been underway, started decades ago.
We will to have our democracy back. There are too many of us compared to them, not to castrate them.
P.S. Arising from Comments posted below, please see also 2016-07-13 Corporatocracy, Democracy: Be careful what you ask for. … Or, no time for timidity?