Be Careful Who You Vote For

 By Malcolm Carter, September 2019

Not everything in politics is easily understood or even meant to be understood, however some things are more obscure than others.

Why, for example, does the Trudeau government have a seemingly schizophrenic attitude towards our economy? On the one hand, like other parties, they voice the need for wages, benefits, jobs, heath services, education, protection of the environment … all the wonderful benefits of an industrial society, but on the other hand they seem to be trying to stick it to Alberta.

Just in case you have been at the cabin and there hasn’t been enough wind to recharge the batteries, Alberta has been trying to get more of its petroleum resources to tidewater, so that it can sell its products to other markets besides the US.

Despite the need, and after years of study, the Northern Gateway pipeline was axed, the Energy East pipeline was slashed and the twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline almost bled to death. There was a lot of hand-wringing and whingeing in Ottawa, fingers pointed at BC and Quebec, “What can we do?” but there were only feeble attempts to resurrect these projects.

After any incentive to continue jumping regulatory hurdles was extinguished, the Liberals put Trans Mountain on life-support by buying it. Eventually, the Liberals leveraged a carbon tax on Albertans and an agreement to limit industrial growth, then reluctantly gave TMX the go-ahead.

On the same day, to thwart the inevitable green squeal, the Liberals declared a Climate Emergency. The media covered the emergency with scary video of bikini-clad sun worshipers shielding themselves from a climate gone crazy by slathering on sunscreen. Climate Emergency is double-speak for getting rid of fossil fuels (and of course the modern economy) and is a concession to rabid environmentalists.

More appeasement followed, including Bill C-48 halting tanker traffic on the West Coast. Strangely no mention of banning similar ships on the East Coast, I guess orcas outrank right whales. And then Bill C-69 that increases the number of regulations needed for resource projects. Death of resource industries through a thousand regulations, is it any wonder that my investment advisor advises buying US stocks and why large numbers of investment dollars are fleeing south to states with more welcoming regulatory laws?

For some time I thought this was all the silly, superficial “virtue signalling” of a pampered helicopter set showing off their greener than thou labels; then I had a chance conversation with an Ottawa insider.

Mingling at dinner, I asked what he had been doing in Ottawa between stints with NGOs and embassies. He told me that he had been working on an advisory group to the Trudeau government. The agenda was not the development of five year policies, the usual event horizon for a government, but to extend the vision into the further future, 20 to 40 years out.

His starting point, expecting me to agree, was that the present economic model was seriously flawed and had to be replaced. I bit my tongue. He continued, people expected too much, unregulated consumerism was unsustainable and Canadians would have to make do with less. The government would have to take more control over people’s lives enforcing an austere lifestyle. Economic man is the enemy and we would have to have a strong global government that would redistribute the wealth to poorer nations. Fossil fuels would be phased out on an accelerated timetable and air travel would be limited to need.

My tongue broke free; I said that I believed in progress through more gradual changes and that the sudden imposition of a frugal existence would cause a revolution. He smiled, nodded and agreed. I read this as ‘Bring it on!’, a response that is sort of a modern day version of “Just watch me!” I continued, he was advocating an experiment in socialism that could be extremely dangerous and could kill thousands of people. Suddenly he seemed to realize that I wasn’t the intellectual he thought I was and turned back to his food.

So does this mean that Canada has its own Star Chamber? Wow! Perhaps an offshoot “Aurora Chamber”, a secret group of the illiterati, scheming to foist a dystopian future on the masses for their own good. The plans seem to have exuded from the pages of the Leap Manifesto, a socialist, if not Marxist, blueprint to be levered onto the unwashed by guilting us with the bogyman of Climate Change. Even the NDP, despite the advocacy of many of its members, has not been silly enough to adopt the elitist “Leap”.

Have we already started to leap? After all, why would the government strangle one of its great economic engines? But you remember that Trudeau did say,

“We can’t just shut down the oil sands tomorrow. We need to phase them out.”

What better way to rub Alberta’s nose in the tar than to seek the advice of Gerald Butts, the reincarnate praised for drawing up the entire Liberal platform and the onetime president and CEO of World Wildlife Federation Canada. Perhaps his vision of a future Canada snubs the stale focus on wage and wealth inequalities, replacing it with the elite WWF vision of humans living in harmony with their environment, conserving biological diversity and sustaining natural resources.

A seductive vision isn’t it, so why do I interpret this as an end to logging, mining, fisheries and petroleum industries.

And if you think that Gerald is a one off, how about Trudeau welcoming Steven Guilbeault to run for the party in a Montreal riding. His credentials evidently include radical environmentalist, activist of the year, past director of Greenpeace Quebec and an avowed opponent of the Trans Mountain and any other pipeline. Just the kind of open minded, un-invested zealot I want making decisions about my future.

One can almost hear those investment dollars fluttering south with the monarchs.

If you are one of those who think those fat-cat Albertans have it coming, remember that for many years Alberta has been a principal contributor to equalization payments, sums redistributed to have-not provinces to assure similar services. And with more than a touch of irony, for many years, Quebec, executioner of Energy East, has been the main recipient of equalization payments; this year, $13.124 billion out of a total pot of $19.619 billion. Over $1500 for each il, elle and zel. Don’t misconstrue this as an argument against equalization or Quebec; it is an argument for us all benefiting from the powerhouse that is the oil sands and an argument against the hypocrisy where BC and Quebec won’t take a hit for the team.

Perhaps you think that Alberta should be rolling back its industry to prevent the desecration of its environment. Alberta is a vast province (662,000 sq km), with a vast amount of boreal forest of which something less than 1000 sq km are disrupted by the oil sands. That is a lot of disruption, open pits, tailings, holding ponds, great eyesores that blot the media news scape but it represents only 0.15% of the land of Alberta. To put that in scale, it is about the area of my compost compared to the size of my yard and I wouldn’t want to have the compost filmed then extrapolated to the state of my yard. In a simple cost benefit analysis, the oil sands create much of the wealth that funds environmental projects nationwide.

I am reminded of a skit from Monty Python. In this context, “What has capitalism ever done for us?” The answers are legion, modern lifestyles better than those of the rich and famous of a few decades ago. Capitalism with a social conscience has brought better nutrition, health, entertainment, travel… Luxuries that I could not have imagined as a boy. And the wealth keeps spreading to other countries where lives are lengthened and poverty lessened. Sure you can point to its faults but the present system seems to be self-correcting and seems to be creating a better world for most. Small steady gains are much safer than rapid, imposed changes, they just take patience – and we have the time. There are abundant examples of rebellion against authoritarian regimes, including Brexit as a response to Brussel’s creeping control over the states of Europe, the Gilets Jaunes demonstrating against the imposition of carbon taxes in France and the Hong Kongers protesting imposed laws from totalitarian China.

Hopefully Canadians won’t buy into the climate con game. The hucksters shrill, “Time is running out, do it now!”, “Only 11 years left”, “Leave it in the ground”, “Zero carbon emissions by 2050”.

Though I have to say there is kind of a nostalgic appeal to returning to the easier, simpler, golden world of our childhood. A dream, kind of like going to the cabin with all the enjoyment of boating, marshmallow roasts and swimming, forgetting the chopping wood, prickles, bugs and a gruelling winter. Ah yes, all the romance of the cabin, but you won’t be able to come home.

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37 thoughts on “Be Careful Who You Vote For

  1. He continued, people expected too much, unregulated consumerism was unsustainable and Canadians would have to make do with less. The government would have to take more control over people’s lives enforcing an austere lifestyle.

    Current model is unsustainble. I don’t want to buy a new vehicle every two years because it’s not “green” enough and have to scrap a perfectly good model which has ten years left in it. I don’t want to scrap my frigdge because it only has two star rating. Green consumerism is still consumerism, it’s just more wasteful than non-green consumerism.

    I want to don’t to buy a new phone every two years because the manufacturer does not “support” it any more…

    I want to buy a washing machine which will last 20y not 2y. I want to buy shoes which last long enough to wear out the soles, not for the soles to fall off before shine wears off. We don’t need to have austere lives and have less stuff, just stuff which works instead of falling apart 2 days after the guarantee runs out.

    Such waste is unsustainable but that does not mean we need to go back the medieval lifestyles and be forces to wear horse hair shirts.

    • And certainly, I need neither my refrigerator nor washing machine connected to the internet.

      “Just because you can, doesn’t mean that you should.”

    • This climate alarmisim movement is made up of fools and tools. The Green New Deal in the U.S. Exposed the truth, that most of us already knew, here in the U.S.
      The elites in power intend to force authoritarian controls on the unwashed masses. And they intend to use Catastrophic Global Warm…ahhh Climate Change as the menacing Hobgoblin to justify their tactics.
      They have had a long range plan all along and They started baking it over 20 years ago with the indoctrination of the American student from kindergarten to post graduate education. The seeds were laid much earlier when their real concerns was a topic of their cocktail party conversations over “The Population Bomb” which set them onto this strategy way back in the 60s. It
      The Fools are the brain-dead Borg drones they churn out of the public school system ever June and then send off to college to earn some worthless social science degree in Urban studies or women’s studies etc with a heavy dose of indoctrination into the coming end of days because – white men and fossil fuel. The tools are the privileged few that go on to postgraduate work and become agents of this worldwide hoax. They know their position will be in the politburo and they will continue to live life in luxury while the rest of us are subjected to totalitarian subjugation.
      Turns out Nikita Khrushchev was some kind of prophet when he told Kennedy in 1962 that “we will bury you from within” Where he was wrong is he predicted it would be from a socialist working class uprising. He had no idea it would be our leftist elites, viewing themselves as the 21st century Communist Politburo, stripping away the constitution and trampling all over individual liberty. The founding fathers evolved into Global elitists who intend on forcing a world population closer to 1 billion mostly working class poor serving the elite few.

      • Yes note the demon air travel must be restricted to necessary usage. i.e. Our global climate masters and shills must get to that next shindig in some exotic location. Fly into London to protest London airports.

    • Greg says:
      I want to buy shoes which last long enough to wear out the soles, not for the soles to fall off before shine wears off.

      I have the same experience. Glue being used instead of good-ole stitching is the reason, especially if it often gets wet like me walking in dew-soaked grass all the time. Epoxy applied in the separated sole repairs them for a while.

    • The articles are depressing because the situation is depressing. The climate change lunatics are in charge of the asylum and are bent on destroying it. That is indeed depressing.

      • They have no power in most of the world. A few billion people in Asia alone have learned what industrial capitalism can do for them. They will not turn back because going forward is still so much more appealing.

        The climate change lunatics may well accelerate the economic, and thus political, decline of the Western Nations and the end of the Empire of the English-speaking peoples, but they are still on to a complete loser as far as their plans for humanity are concerned.

  2. from the article: ”
    “His starting point, expecting me to agree, was that the present economic model was seriously flawed and had to be replaced. I bit my tongue. He continued, people expected too much, unregulated consumerism was unsustainable and Canadians would have to make do with less. The government would have to take more control over people’s lives enforcing an austere lifestyle. Economic man is the enemy and we would have to have a strong global government that would redistribute the wealth to poorer nations. Fossil fuels would be phased out on an accelerated timetable and air travel would be limited to need. ”

    Whats new – this is just standard eco-garbage promoted by every “environmental” group out there – they found it raises money for them. They don’t care who they hurt and are full of people too dumb to look at actual data.

  3. Control freaks in Canada do not want to have tankers sullying the pristine waters of the Pacific.
    And want to ban new pipelines to the West Coast.
    But with the Eastern Pipeline the risk of sullying the pristine waters of the St. Lawrence River could be reduced to essentially zero.
    But the fools want to keep tankers sailing on the St. Lawrence.
    And as Malcolm Carter points out, Quebec gets $13 billion in annual “equalization” payments.
    Absurd.
    But, perhaps too much in-your-face and in-your-wallet government will finally provoke a popular uprising.
    Hopefully in time for the election on October 21st.

  4. “The media covered the emergency with scary video of bikini-clad sun worshipers shielding themselves from a climate gone crazy by slathering on sunscreen.”
    _______

    Pardon me, but I should think that for any Canadian, this vision of the future would be Heaven on Earth and most appealing. Canadians wouldn’t have to spend lots of money coming to Fl. and Az. to get away from the bitter cold, for one. It would be a boon to Canadian tourism. It would stop Canadians like Mark Stein from advocating that Canada and the US redraw the two nations’ lines from East to West to North to South. OK, that’s a joke, er, I think. He does think that was a serious error made long ago.

    Where’s the beef? It sounds lovely, esp., as Trudeau and his enviro crazies seem determined to see that Canadians freeze in the cold so they can stop global warming which is a bit nutty, eh?

  5. Why do the Liberals look schizophrenic? They want to be re-elected. That means they have to make it so everyone is sufficiently satisfied and nobody actually hates them.

    When the third world obtains first world living standards, we will use a lot more raw materials. On the other hand, due to improving technology, the developed world consumes less raw material than it used to. That’s called ephemeralization or dematerialization.

    Between 1977 and 2001, the amount of material required to meet all needs of Americans fell from 1.18 trillion pounds to 1.08 trillion pounds, even though the country’s population increased by 55 million people. Al Gore similarly noted in 1999 that since 1949, while the economy tripled, the weight of goods produced did not change.

    We aren’t the problem and we don’t need to be fixed. Our consumption of raw materials is going down. Our CO2 emissions have been decreasing (if you think that matters). Our pollution of all kinds is quite low by global standards. Why do people think we should fix problems that we don’t have but which do exist in the third world?

    • commieB

      You raise an important fact. Durable goods are supposed to be durable. How many times have we heard that things used to be better-made and last longer and now it’s lowest-first-cost and so on. This is at least partly true.

      There are many goods that didn’t use to exist which save huge amounts of money and time and effort such as smart phones and the internet. The cost of commerce has greatly reduced because of those two alone.

      On the other hand, new GMC truck headlights are “sealed units” with LEDs inside, so they cannot be repaired and cost $2000 each. With a life of ten years, it will cost $4000 to change the bulbs a decade from now. Unbridled capitalism has a multitude of downsides.

      The great moments in pathological consumerism are three in number:

      1. 1925, the creation of planned obsolescence when all the light bulb manufacturers secretly agreed to drop the life of bulbs from 2500 hrs to 1000 maximum with fines for violators. That gave us the 750 hour bulb.

      2. 1955, GMC invented the new marketing concept of car models as fashion, buy a new one to stay current, not because there was anything wrong with the old car. This was added to the planned obsolescence exemplified by rusty Ford’s in 1970.

      3. 2001, Apple Corp introduces the iPod tlas the disposable fashion hardware item with a 13 month battery life, fantastically expensive replacement charge, plus marketing based on their fore-knowledge that it was designed to fail after a year. Expensive, un-repairable, disposable fashionable hardware.

      Apple Corp almost gets a additional spot for inventing the sabotaging of existing, working products with an OS “upgrade” just before the launch of new models in order to slow down old models and drain/damage the batteries, driving the owner into the shops to relieve their deliberately manufactured frustrations.

      Consumerism is largely a manufactured social phenomenon, not a natural condition of the inherently frugal population. Capitalism is the rampant exercise of economic leverage in service of the advantaged. Communism appears to be the rampant exercise of political ideology (no one is sure because they never quite “get it right”). Absent a properly functioning theological base, no society lasts long, though that doesn’t stop at least some people from enjoying the decent into chaos.

      There is a major shift coming especially from the young, and it recognizes that doing good doesn’t necessarily require doing well, and that’s OK. This is anathema to the profiteers of old who want to first do well, and then send a little on doing good. “Giving back” and all that. Doing well with less doesn’t mean having a low quality of life, or products, or education or food.

      Nothing like this mode of thinking ascends to the rarefied heights of Canadian political fora where the air is thin and the altruistic oxygen quickly runs out. It’s not a democracy, it’s a partocracy, and the parties are very similar, and similarly corrupt and venal. A new wind is blowing and the old oaks are gonna fall. Yes, Canada has a problem, but will thrive because the people are so darned nice about it.

      • I love it when lefties describe anything the don’t like as “unbridled capitalism” with the only solution being more government.
        If you don’t like cars with sealed headlights, then don’t buy them. If nobody buys such cars, the automakers will stop making them. No new government regulation necessary.
        BTW, it’s government regulations that are making those sealed headlights necessary.

          • I think it really comes down to freedom of choice, coupled with freedom of information allowing the choice to be informed.

            The only durable systems are those which are self-correcting. This is the essential difference between the capitalistic and communistic outlooks.

          • Capitalism is not derived from government. The word is absent from the US Constitution.

            Capitalism is the economic system naturally derived from the interactions of free people. The only way to modify it is to reduce freedom.

            Now, some may believe that ‘government’ must put strict economic restraints on the individual for the good of the whole. But ‘government’ is not some omnipotent, impartial entity. Government consists of groups of individuals, all with their own wants and needs, no different than individual consumers. They will act in their own self-interests over that of the whole. And that is exactly what happens under socialism, bringing about the economic collapse of every country that has attempted it.

            We did not evolve from an eusocial species, like ants or termites, where one group is specifically born to rule. We are parasocial, with a fair bit of solitary heritage. You cannot entrust one group to have absloute rule over all others. It is not within our DNA makeup.

          • Capitalism is what happens when two individuals freely decide to trade with each other.
            I know that there are a lot of socialists who can’t deal with that so they try to pretend that government dictating the terms of such trades is just a part of capitalism.

  6. “His starting point, expecting me to agree, was that the present economic model was seriously flawed and had to be replaced.”

    This appears to be the main point since eons.
    A bit back in 2007, I had conversations with a former school friend, who was both a biologist and a philosopher by education. After a heated discussion about GW (Global Warming), I wrote him an email with reference to some factual climate data. I hoped for serious arguments about the data I sent him, but instead received an email with reference to a new economic system, where everybody were equal, much like in “Animal Farm”. To my friend, the GW issue was just a tool to change the world towards a Marxist model and salon-communism for himself. His dad owned a shipyard in Alameda San Fransisco, so would always be privileged enough to be in the ruling class of the new world. His dad, on the other side, was a wonderful energetic former Dane, who lived the true American spirit. – Strange world.

  7. With all respect to the author, he is being naïve.

    Politicians say what is acceptable to the electorate. They don notr bend the truth, they create a truth – an emotional narrative – that will get them elected.

    They have no interest in carrying out a single promise., Promises are to get elected. This is completely clear in teh United Kingdom right now.

    Democracy is a problem that is solved by propaganda and marketing. Advertisements do not tell the truth.

    The purpose of political parties is to cover the full spectrum of electoral self interest in the electorate to ensure than no matter how people vote, the government always gets in.

    “Green” and “Left” issues appeal to the child in all of us – the desire to live in a nice place, looked after by wise adults who have our interests in mind and will make an intrinsically unfair world ‘fair’.

    Today’s world is increasingly technologically complex, and therefore knowledge is compartmentalised. The man who writes the banking software does not understand climate, and the man who produces political propaganda understands neither.

    The infantilisation of the electorate has been easily accomplished since by an large modern society is so technological that no one really understands it, in toto.

    So it is easy to pretend that ‘experts’ trained to say what suits the narrative, are in the know, all is under control and we should trust ‘them’ because by some magic process, as politicians they are beyond reproach and beyond question

    The scary reality is that no one knows everything and very few people know quite a lot. And none of them are in politics.

    So it is simply easier for politicians to throw their hands up, a talk the most utter BS and pretend they know what they are talking about.

    The drive towards a deep state elite and a populations kept almost entirely in ignorance, with politicians as ‘middle managers’ whose sole job is to propagate a message that keeps the electorate malleable and subservient, using the language of concern, and social and ecological ‘justice’ is nothing more than a complete fabrication – a fairy tale whose purpose is simply to ensorcel the young mind, and lead it into a lifetime of consumerism driven by cash handouts from those who control the financial institutions.

    This is a simple system that those in power understand. How to control people through marketing, PR, propaganda and consumerism.

    “Bread and circuses” goes back a long way and works until some outside force comes along and finds that deep state wanting.

    Today it may be Malthusian population pressure, and it certainly has been to an extent the Internet. The Internet is full of lies, but it also contains some truths as well . Inconvenient truths.

    Controlling the message is an important part of deep state strategy. Thought crime and internet censorship are very necessary now, as is demonisation of those not ‘on message’.

    I do not wonder at this. I wonder at those who wonder at it.

  8. Ah yes, all the romance of the cabin, but you won’t be able to come home. — Romance? The only ‘romantic’ part is sitting outside on the front porch, watching the fireflies in the marsh that wasn’t there when you bought the property. And the night-flying bugs like mosquitoes won’t leave you alone. Only twice has the ‘romantic’ bit sneaked in, once when I saw a magnificent Cecropia moth trying to find a place to lay her eggs, and the other at my aunt’s cabin ‘way up north when a pair of luna moths decided to plant themselves on the screens surrounding the screened porch.

    Romantic, my fat Aunt Harriet! The guy up the road has stocked up on firewood to sell. Winter in the Lower Lakes is predicted by the Old Farmers Almanac to be wet and warmish, but it doesn’t say when it really starts, or how long it will last, and in my AO, it lasted until /April 30 this year, with 3 inches of snow in my yard and on my roof, and all the roofs of all the other houses on my street.

    This article makes me really want to round them up – all of them, especially the spoiled brats with more money that good sense – and dump them on an undeveloped piece of land somewhere, with no access to anything but fresh air and a water source. They enjoy and exploit the junk produced by modern industry, but condemn it at the same time. What if all of that crap disappeared and/or stopped working, ALL of it and all at the same time? Think of the panic that would follow!!!! All it takes is one big collapse of one Big Something and entire cities fall apart.

    The good news is that because my furnace is efficient and I keep the thermostat at a reasonable 72F in winter, and my cooking requires using the crock pot many times, my gas bill went down a bit, and my monthly planned payment (averaged over 12 months) is now reduced from $65 to $59/month. Bonus time!!!

    Even so, I’d love to have a woodburning stove to cook on. My guess? If push comes to shove, the Amish and Mennonite communities will be better off than the idealistic twits in the cities.

  9. Wow. Forty year plans rather than five. It’s eight times worse than Soviet communism.

    Malcolm Carter should have a good look at the American Democratic party and their current candidates. They are quite capable of blowing all investment dollars heading this way into our urban areas where they can be burned to ash. Just about the time I thought collectivist ideas had been thoroughly discredited, and the world was adopting free markets/free peoples sorts of principles, up pops collective socialism again and spreads like Spanish flu.

    • But TRUMP spoiled their plans last time and with luck will continue to do so for 5 1/2 more years.

      After the Canadian election there may be a choice between Canada and US for investing. As in Australia though, just because they may call themselves conservative (Liberal in Aus.) doesn’t mean they will rule that way. Too much “crony capitalism” going on in the “renewable energy” field. In this case the term (capitalism) is necessary because there is no real entrepreneurial risk when the fix is in.

      My bet is on the good old U S of A and TRUMP.

  10. What I want to know is, why isn’t the left demanding Trudeau’s resignation after the surfacing of his black-face video? Something he apparently did often for a time. Were he a conservative (in the US sense), they’d have the mobs with torches and pitchforks storming the capital.

  11. I wish WE ALL would quit using the term “Capitalism” It is a pejorative when used today, the negative connotation due to Marx and Engels. Please use the term Free Enterprise. For the person, not “Capitalist” but “Entrepreneur”.

    I know it will take some getting used to, but the emphasis on FREEDOM and individual ENTERPRISE is important to the politics. The left has controlled the narrative through their control of most of the MSM. The choice of terminology, which is selected by the left, makes it an up hill fight for conservative ideals to be promulgated to the masses. Some of those ideals, self determination, freedom of movement and action, freedom to prosper. All of which the left and statists in general oppose.

    That is why it is so important the US have a major naval vessel named Enterprise. The Virginia colony was a BUSINESS venture by entrepreneurs who obtained license from the King to create the new settlements. The Virginia Company was a “joint stock company”, a entrepreneurial venture. The current United States is manifestly different from all other countries due to this origination. The results of a free market economy and individual freedom are evident in the success of the American economic model.

    It was difficult to write the above paragraph without using capital in any form. The use of the term is so heavily ingrained in US political narrative. (and in my feeble brain)

    • You’re right, Drake. Capitalism is an invention of the Socialists. It doesn’t exist.

      The alternative to Socialist impositions is free enterprise, which is not an idealist politics but merely the way humans freely trade and do business in their own interest.

      Socialism is all about removing individual freedom. Nothing else. The rest is just window-dressing.

      I published an article about that at the New English Review, here

      • I read the article. I agree wholeheartedly.

        Liberalism/progressivism leads to totalitarianism, humanism/conservatism leads to personal freedom.

  12. I have to laugh at how little everyone here knows about capital or capitalism and socialism. Sound like nonsense from the Cold War. Likely from Americans since they are the most brainwashed about these definitions. Free exchange of goods isn’t capitalism, having markets isn’t capitalism and capitalism isn’t a political theory. You had all these in both slave and serf societies. Capitalism came after and some would say it started about 250 years ago but others date it about 400 years ago. In any case it has to do with a mode of production, exploitation of labor and continuous profit maximization. Socialism is actually a political theory not an economic theory. In socialism, not Leninism or Stalinism, you have a democratic society with the aim of maximizing human or social well being.

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  13. Canada has oil resources that are among the largest in the world.

    Canada has ± 0.5 percent of world population.

    Canada has to import crude oil.

  14. Since when does Canada have a government? It seems to me it’s been run from Washington and New York ever since the British Empire imploded.

    Elections and all the rest is just empty posturing. “Our” military jump to the master’s command, as do “our” police and “our” courts. And when our “leaders” get really sick, they get treated in the US, not by our own oh, so wonderful, medical system.

    Hell, in Canada, only foreigners have property rights, courtesy of NAFTA. All but one of our major parties wanted property rights kept out of the Bill of Rights, and the only party that claimed to want the right to property protected later hypocritically engaged in the greatest gun grab in Canada’s history without paying a penny of compensation.

    You can be careful until the cows come home. But with the choices available, you’re up the creek without a paddle however you vote. I’m going to hold my nose and vote for the hypocrites over the brazen criminals this time.

  15. Today, the Green Party leader, Elizabeth May, said it was a disgrace that Mexico had a better bus system than Canada, because, you know, busses are better than planes. It’s not a disgrace, it’s an economic fact that Mexico is poorer than Canada.

    Green Party releases it’s transportation strategy. Free Teleporters for All.

    https://www.greenparty.ca/en/media-release/2019-09-20/getting-canada-moving-right-direction-green-party-unveils-sweeping-plan

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