An Alex Hundert Primer, While the G20 Inquiry Begins Today

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Community organizer Alex Hundert was arrested this morning at his surety’s home.

via Activist Alex Hundert Re-arrested | Toronto Media Co-op.

That was yesterday.

Ok, this is just becoming silly, if it weren’t such a tragic hint at the closing of Canadian society in its slide into Stephen Harper’s Soft Fascism.

Here is a primer of some core pieces to be aware of, in reverse chronological order:

  1. The House of Commons Public Safety Committee will begin today a 5-day inquiry into G20 abuses that will span the next several weeks.
  2. Alex Hundert’s continued state harassment continued with his re-arrest yesterday.
  3. While a justice of the peace foolishly agreed to draconian crown bail condition requests, a real judge has put a little judicial review on such abuses in the Leah Henderson bail conditions hearing. The rule of law may not yet be dead.
  4. As can be “justified” in a “free” and “democratic” society?” is Kevin Harding’s take on the idiocy, and how it is Alex Hundert’s thoughts and opinions that the state fears.
  5. Why Alex Matters: Defending our Democracy from “our” Police & State is Jasmin Mujanovic’s perspective on the sphincter of the whole situation, with several key conclusions about the nature of principles being battled now.
  6. The Anti-Thanksgiving: Criminalizing Dissent in Canada is my analysis of trends leading to Canadian soft fascism.
  7. The Police State Infects An Apathetic Canada is how apathy is a companion to a closing society.

Many of these posts have key media links that carry many of the details of the surreal, Kafkaesque events that would fit in Gilliam’s Brazil.

It’s time to make time today to see what the House of Commons committee intends to do. If you get the sense from today that it will be a whitewashing, you need to get in touch with the MPs on the committee and light a fire under them. You can find out who they are here.

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8 thoughts on “An Alex Hundert Primer, While the G20 Inquiry Begins Today”

  1. Canada is regressing faster than the citizenry dares consider. Only a few Canadians even see the ‘gun in the room’ in everything state. Unfortunately the state is more and more willing to overstep its conventional role as we march on to fascism-totalitarianism.

    The truth is, as far as I have been able to figure out, is that people at large really do not care. The simplest of well-known and comprehensible issues can be digested en masse and then promptly ignored, hidden in a fog of self-deception.

    A quick example is voting, allegedly a civic responsibility, for any party-aligned candidates. This guarantees your voice will never be heard, let alone followed, over the voice made by the corporate-government symbiotic wedding party, one always pursuing power and pure profit at the expense of those not invited to the inner circle gala.

    We all know this to be the root problem of our politics, but participate in the fraud regardless. A few of the more disgusting diseases directly associated with this behaviour are warfare, poverty, ecological destruction and nuclear threats.

    Ultimately, We have created our reality from our lack of clarity of thought, and we refuse to re-construct our interpretation of our action’s cause-effect outcomes even when it is painfully obvious.

    But I digress.

  2. Monbiot is routinely a good read. I do agree, and frequently argue, that we absolutely need to ask ourselves questions about our own values and ethics; then we need to see that those same values and ethics are shown by our government. For example, is there a difference between public (state) crime and private crime? If so, why why do we accept this as legitimate?

    The concern I take with Mobiot’s argument is that he accepts that the political game is fixed. We operate outside of it, ergo our advocacy groups will be the new conscience of government. This leaves us with a systemically broken government.

    I suggest we need to reassess the value of our vote and simply stop empowering an organization (i.e., the political party) representing their corporate backers instead of district individuals accountable to us.

    Now, as for the psychological barriers in getting the population to see this obvious reality, intrinsic vs extrinsic values as Monbiot discusses, I can only guess: the propaganda war will always favour those who can afford it.

    Thanks for the follow-up article link.

      1. I should have made this above post in reply to your link to it. My err.

        Funny how we know we need to get big money out of politics but each election we vote for political parties surviving, to various degrees, on big money and indebted to big money accordingly. In effect, every four years or so we willingly vote away being represented in government.

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