Red Tulips X
The Dead Hand of Socialism
The cloying dead hand of socialism has fallen across BC in the form of "affirmative action" regulations approved by the New Democratic Party for the next provincial election. There are now racial and gender quotas for candidates, and central rule by an iron fist.
People often assume that, as an anarchist, I must somehow be a socialist at heart, or at least a far-left-winger. Wrong. Socialism is much farther away from the principles of anarchism than is capitalism, for example. And these new rules vividly illustrate the problems with socialist theory and practice.
Socialism of all kinds -- from the softest utopian Owenism to the harshest national socialism -- is founded on two fundamental principles-- elitism and fascism: (a) the masses (and even the constituency parties) are too stupid to make up their own minds and need to be led by what the Trotskyites call the "vanguard" -- a repugnant elitism by any name; and (b) the good of the society outweighs the rights of the individual; this is fascism by any definition.
These new rules by the Grand Poobah Carole James and her clique are profoundly anti-democratic, robbing the local voters of all choice. I have never been tempted to vote for the NDP. This disturbing fascistic elitism guarantees that I never will.
Gangsters and Movie Houses
My wife and I went to see "American Gangster" yesterday evening. I thought it a mediocre movie at best, but that's not what I want to write about.
It was the first weekend of a major first-run movie; movie houses and complexes all over town were playing "Gangster" -- we could have gone almost anywhere to see it. But we chose to go to the Van East movie house in our own neighbourhood. Two great seats cost us $10 (it would have been $11 if we had chosen the balcony), a dollar or so less than EACH ticket would have cost downtown. Sure, the seats are not the plushest, but they are comfortable enough with a lot of legroom and with available cup holders. The house is well cleaned between shows, and we were subjected to ZERO commercials and only two brief trailers before the main feature began. The house was about half full.
Why on earth would one NOT support a local business when you get excellent service for half the price?
The Bush Doctrine Lives -- In Pakistan
The Bush theory of the "unitary executive" ( a modern theory of dictatorship, espoused by three or four US Supreme Court justices) has been taken to its logical extent by Bush's favourite partner in the war to promote "democracy". General Mushareff has declared martial law in Pakistan, and fired the Chief Justice of the Pakistani Supreme Court for disagreeing with him.
Yesterday, Bush Administration spokespersons loudly and publicly told Mushareff not to do it. Quietly and more effectively Bush Administration decision makers whispered to him that nothing would really happen, so go ahead.
Perhaps Bush and Cheney are looking for experience in this business, for their own coup just before January 2009.