Over the past 30 years, the political landscape in Canada and the United States has been blighted by the malignant growth of two giant, evil twins – Neoconservatism and Neoliberalism.
The Neoconservatives call themselves Conservatives in Canada and Republicans in the U.S. The Neoliberals call themselves Liberals in Canada and Democrats in the U.S.
And there was a time, long ago, when there was a real difference among the parties in both countries.
It meant that alternately electing the two parties in either country could be expected to bring about some meaningful changes in government policies and practices.
But no longer! Today, alternating between Conservatives and Liberals in Canada or between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. means nothing but continuation and perpetuation of the same tired, old elitist policies.
Many years ago – when Canadian Conservatives qualified themselves with the descriptive “Progressive” and the Liberals were tepidly “progressive” – the ruling class included a few consciences and a few real intellects.
Many Conservatives were proud to call themselves “Red Tories” and many Liberals were proud to describe themselves as “left-leaning.”
While both social subsets were minorities among the socio-politico-economic ruling class, it symbolized a tacit acknowledgement – at least within those minorities – of a sense of “noblesse oblige,” a sense that the very wealthy did at least owe something to the poor and the working class.
But then along came multinational corporations, globalization, “free trade” and an aggressive new “corporate agenda.” The Conservatives (Progressive Conservatives in Canada and Republicans in the U.S.) became Neoconservatives. And the Liberals (Liberals in Canada and Democrats in the U.S.) became Neoliberals.
And the rest is history.
In each country, the Neoconservatives and Neoliberals began singing from the same hymn book.
Gone was that sense of “noblesse oblige.”
No longer did the wealthy feel they should brush a crumb or two off their banquet tables for the poor and the working class. Instead, the new mantra was: “If a crumb or two fall off the banquet table, they must be stomped on and crushed. There must be nothing for the exploited class.”
And as the unmitigated greed of the socioeconomic elite goes aided and abetted by the “powers-that-be,” the masses – the poor, the working class and the middle class – get squeezed even more, as there is never enough for the elite and never too little for the masses.