By Henry McRandall
The time has finally come when the wisest thing Canada could do to ensure its own long-term economic prosperity and political autonomy would be to abandon the United States of Amerikkka and join forces with the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) – the five fastest-growing economies in the world.
Such a move would be heretical to those who stubbornly cling to the Amerikkkan aspiration for global hegemony and empire. But it could be a boon to the majority of Canadians.
The BRICS are an informal entity with membership on every continent in the world – except North America. And since most economists predict Canada will have the fastest-growing economy in the G7 for the foreseeable future, it would be a natural fit with the BRICS.
While the BRICS have done admirably well in recent years and are widely expected to continue to do so, the biggest challenge facing them is the global competition for energy and resources. Canada is amply blessed with both.
The first essential step would be to scrap NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement), which has only served to convert high North American wages and moderate corporate profits into low wages and very high corporate profits – a boon to the top one percent who already own almost everything worth owning and an albatross around the necks of the masses – the poor, the working class and the middle class.
The second essential step would be to opt out of NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), which serves only as a device for compelling Amerikkka’s junior “allies” into doing much of the heavy lifting in Amerikka’s instatiable lust for global corporate capitalist hegemony and empire.
The BRICS themselves may be no shining examples of “democracy” and “human rights.” But at least they are not constantly invading and occupying defenceless Third World countries in their avid quest for cheap labour, cheap resources and environmental carte blanche.
It would be bad enough if Amerikkka’s lust for global hegemony and empire was intended to benefit all Americans. But it is not.
The real and only goal of America’s desire for global hegemony and corporate capitalist empire is to further enrich those who already have far, far more than their fair share – the Amerikkkan billionaires and mega-millionaires who control the banks and the corporations and the entire Amerikkkan political system.
And the third esential step would be for Canada to overhaul and re-orient its entire economy to primarily produce goods and services for its own domestic market and, secondarily, to be a source of energy and resources for the rest of the world.
Canada and the U.S. are each other’s largest trading partners. But it’s a relationship that has robbed Canada of its wealth, its creative capacity and its political autonomy.
Canada should stop being Amerikkka’s Number One Bootlicker and declare its own political and economic independence.
And the only slim hope for that happening is if the May 2 Canadian federal election produces a coalition government of the
Liberals, NDP (New Democratic Party) and Bloc Quebecois, with the two latter parties holding a large majority within that coalition.
Turning BRICS into BRICCS could be the best move Canada has made in its history.
Let the Amerikkkans rescue their own collapsing empire and fuel their own quest for cheap resources, cheap labour and environmental carte blanche.
Canada should shun the U.S. & join BRICS
By Henry McRandall