A ‘royal’ affront to all thinking Canadians

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

It has just been announced that Billy and Kate Windsor – the grandson of Betty II and his chosen wench – will be visiting Canada from June 30 to July 8.
The simple fact of the matter, however, is that any visit to Canada by this parasitic thug and his simple-minded paramour would be a “royal” affront to all thinking Canadians.
Canada likes to pride itself on being a “democracy.” And, being a “democracy”, it proffers that all men (and women) are created equal.
Nothing could be more anti-democratic and more symbolic of class inequality and elitist class warfare than the existence of a monarchy – even a so-called “constitutional” monarchy.
Monarchy serves no other practical purpose than to emphasize the lethal determination of the psychopathic socioeconomic elite to maintain the socioeconomic status quo at any and all costs. Continue reading “A ‘royal’ affront to all thinking Canadians”

Harper a blatant hypocrite on party funding

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

It didn’t take long for newly re-elected Conservative Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his stooge finance minister, Jim Flaherty, to make it clear that one of their first orders of business will be to abolish vote-based federal party funding.
While the vow may sound noble to the less literate and the more right-wing, it is a clear signal and a clear symbol of a government that plans to ride roughshod over democracy and the Canadian masses – the poor, the working class and the middle class.
In a CBC-TV interview on his upcoming budget, Flaherty was asked about eliminating the vote-based party subsidies.
And in a response that shamelessly betrayed his own elitism and that of his government, Flaherty responded: “I still believe in a (political) party passing the hat around and, if you can’t fill it up, you’d better re-examine what you’re offering.” Continue reading “Harper a blatant hypocrite on party funding”

The killer crisis of corporate capitalism?

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

It becomes more evident with each passing day that Karl Marx was right in predicting that not only the excesses but also the very success of corporate capitalism would someday prove to be the seeds of its ultimate demise.
Although true Marxism has thus far failed to captivate the minds and loyalties of a majority of humankind, the economic philosopher who evolved it at least was right in diagnosing the fatal flaws in coproate capitalism.
The corporate capitalist philosophy that has dominated most of the world for centuries may now be irretrievably marching toward its own doomsday.
If the Twentieth Century was the apex of corporate capitalism, the Twenty-first Century may be its nadir. Continue reading “The killer crisis of corporate capitalism?”

It’s time to change the ‘rules of war’

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

I was watching one of the cable news channels a few days ago when a squib crawled across the bottom of the screen, informing us that NATO had asserted emphatically that it was targeting Libyan troops in Tripoli and not Libyan leader Muammar Ghadafi.
Apparently this clarification became necessary after a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) airstrike on the Libyan capital the previous day had struck Ghadafi’s compound, possibly even injuring Ghadafi himself.
And it made me start to wonder why it is alright for NATO missions to target low-level troops – often drafted and in no way responsible for declaring the war – but not alright to target the leadership – the so-called commanders-in-chief who are so often so willing to put the lives of other people’s children at risk. Continue reading “It’s time to change the ‘rules of war’”

Harper win imperils Canadian democracy

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The majority election victory on May 2 of Conservative Prime Minister Stephen may put an end to seven years of sometimes-rancorous minority government but it also puts Canada’s beleaguered democracy in even more peril.
One of the few positive things achieved by the Canadian Parliament over that time period was a real democratization of Canada’s election laws and, even more importantly, its electoral financing laws.
While the United States has moved toward even greater control of both of its two national political parties by the corporations and the billionaires and mega-millionairwes who control those corporations, Canada has been fortunate enough in recent years to inch ever so slowly toward a more democratic system of financing political parties.
Today, it is not possible for any candidate to get elected to any significant public office in the U.S. unless he or she is either a billionaire or mega-millionaire in their own right or has the blessing of the corporations that finance successful campaigns.
In recent years, it was becoming slowly less so in Canada as political parties were increasingly financed out of general tax revenues. Continue reading “Harper win imperils Canadian democracy”

A bittersweet defeat for the Canadian left

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The results of yesterday’s federal election brought a blend of very good news and very bad news for Canada’s political left and for Canada’s masses – the poor, the working class and the middle class.
The good news was that after 50 years in the federal political wilderness, the NDP (Canada’s social democratic New Democratic Party) scored a historic breakthrough, routing Canada’s “natural governing party” of the past century – the Liberals – and displacing them not only as the Official Opposition in Canada’s multi-party system but also as the natural alternative to the victorious Conservatives in the next federal election – four years from now.
The bad news was that the final-weekend-of-the-campaign collapse of the Liberals allowed the extremist Conservatives to come up the middle and win an outright majority.
The next four years are going to prove increasingly difficult for Canada’s poor, working class and middle class. Continue reading “A bittersweet defeat for the Canadian left”