Laissez-faire was the table-thumping cry of monopolistic big business in the 1860s through the 1920s; overlapping the Populist era, but on the capitalist side… it means government abstention from interference with individual action, especially commercial action.
But laissez-faire is critical for today’s aggressive corporations because they cannot operate at their gargantuan level without almost total freedom. Corporate businessmen cite as their biggest enemy, government. They see greed as a solution rather than a problem. They despise the push for equality as a death-knell. They refer to justice as something the envious dreamed up. For them democracy is no more than a bright tinsel wrapping to be torn off the moment it poses any real constraint around their freedom.
Today, Harper and his conservatives have shown they have nothing but ‘contempt for democracy’, and believe that over the next few weeks, using big pockets of cash, fear-mongering, and all sorts of pie-in-the-sky promises (which they probably won’t keep), they can bamboozle the public with ‘political propaganda’, all the while having a secret agenda of wanting to screw the little guy (as is what is happening right now), on behalf of their rich buddies in big business (corporations (today’s, modern day pirates)). Class warfare anyone?
Harper showed the people of Canada a sneak peak of his ‘real’ agenda in his recent economic update. It is a hard-core neocon agenda that attacks labour, women and the democratic process itself – with no economic stimulus package for the sectors of the economy hit hardest.
Harper’s demonstrated Laissez-faire attitude with the economy, while taking no prisoner’s and full steam ahead with respect to his political ideology, flies in the face of public opinion. Canada does not need this type of leadership, which fails all of us. For all the above reasons, it is time for him to go. He should of went now instead of later, but go he must. And he will!
“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”
Isn’t the above pretty much what Harper and his conservatives are now doing to the French, right across our country? Who’s next, the Chinese, East Indians… :-(
Greed is the gas and fear the brake. As a result, there’s almost always a wreck somewhere.