By the way, if you were keeping track, the World Economic Forum rules the world. They’re the richest corporations in the world getting together with governments to plan the world. And why not, they’re the elite.
And it turns out, since you’re keeping track, that Occupy has been quite successful. How successful?
Simple. Check this out, from the WEF’s recent document called Global Risks 2014, page 13.
Occupy is all about justice and equality, politically, socially, economically and environmentally. Since we’ve convinced the World Bank and IMF that grotesque inequality is trouble, the WEF has now acknowledged it’s one of the major risks of 2014. And I dare say, beyond!
Income inequality, the fiscal crisis, under/unemployment, water, income disparity, ignoring climate change and extreme weather, food crises, political corruption, financial instability and socio-political crises?
Once upon a time, before we knew much about ecology and systems theory, corporations just went around raping and pillaging the countryside, polluting whatever they wanted.
This came back to me grotesquely in a Mad Men episode a few years ago when Don Draper takes his family out for a picnic in the countryside. When they finished, they packed up to go back to the car to drive home and left all their garbage on the grass. And the sight of that made my eyes bug out. We’ve come a long way, baby.
That’s what corporations do, maximize shareholder wealth and minimize obstacles to littering and destroying things. But in recent decades citizens in democracies have forced governments to introduce REGULATIONS [an evil word in this neoliberal world] and processes to evaluate, review or approve certain corporate behaviour.
Less democratic countries would have totally corrupt review processes, filled with bribery or the dictator simply quietly working for the corporation that needs to pillage something. Or no review processes. Or ones with scopes so narrow that there would be no risk that the corporate pillage project might fail.
Countries that are quietly drifting into Soft Fascism often find ways to undermine public participation or oversight of corporate misbehaviour.
Maybe on a quiet day during a week when the legislature isn’t sitting so there can be no democratic debate, a government could release a quiet little missive from cabinet just, you know, completely exempting corporate landscape and ecology eradication projects from environmental oversight. Who really needs environmental assessment anyway when the scope isn’t really a risk to corporate will, or is just plain corrupt.
Those soft fascist banana republics are really quite bad. Aren’t you glad you don’t live in one, in those dark, wild west eras of corporate rights and freedom?
Sorry. Welcome to British Columbia, 2014:
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Environmental lawyers say removal of an important oversight leaves environment and communities at risk
VANCOUVER – The BC government has quietly passed two Orders in Council removing the requirements for environmental assessments of sweet natural gas processing plants and ski and all-season resorts. The Orders, which were deposited yesterday, were made without public consultation and despite widespread concern about the social and environmental effects of both industries.
“These regulatory changes only heighten the crisis of public confidence in BC’s environmental assessment process,” says Jessica Clogg, Executive Director & Senior Counsel, West Coast Environmental Law Association. “Environmental assessments are supposed to allow the public and regulators to better understand and avoid potential risks. Removing the requirement for an environmental review is not in the public interest.”
So you can see, two kinds of projects that have significant capacity to rape and pillage the ecology get to have no environmental oversight.
This is also an example of Executive Overdrive. Where the leadership of government [as opposed to the legislature or the courts] decides to do something that in a moral sense oversteps its limits. Changing the law without legislative oversight is the executive branch of government, the BC Cabinet in this case, shifting into overdrive to get its way. Executive overdrive is a constant companion to soft fascism.
So, it’s open season on the environment, brought to you by Contempt, Corruption and the Soft Fascist Banana Republic of British Columbia.
And we also know this about the oil and gas industry:
#Jessica#Ernst worked for over three decades as an #environmental#biologist doing #research and independent consulting for the Alberta petroleum industry. One of her main clients was the EnCana Company, which began large-scale fracking in the region of her home community of Rosebud Alberta in the early years of the 21st century.
In 2007 Jessica Ernst the scientist became Jessica Ernst the whistle blower. Bringing forward evidence that her own water well and those of her neighbours had been severely contaminated, Jessica sued the EnCanada Corporation. She also sued the forerunner of the Alberta Energy Regulator as well as the Alberta government itself.
When parents receive letters from their kids’ school asking for donations for playground upgrades or library books or technological devices, a certain segment of the population sighs, grows a few more grey hairs and dies a little bit inside.
Parents who are struggling financially cannot afford the luxury of even a tax-deductible donation to the school their children attend.
Sometimes, parents are confused. Don’t we pay taxes? Aren’t taxes structured in such a way that those who are more well-off shoulder a bit more of a burden for social services than the poor and struggling? That’s called a progressive tax system, but it is hated in our neoliberal era of tax cuts, austerity, privatization and social service cuts. The BC Liberal Party hates the poor and has been bashing them for most of this century.
But these are often just abstract policy debates. The reality is that there are real families, tens of thousands of them in BC, and real children who suffer and are often ashamed, too ashamed to trot out their poverty at school.
And to help you understand why this is such a big deal, especially in Canada, it’s important to see how Canada is increasingly becoming the poster child for income inequality. We are not nice and neighbourly and friendly. We are increasingly unequal society. Unless we step up and say that we’re mad as hell and we aren’t going to take it any more, the rich in Canada will continue to pad their pockets with income at the expense of all of us in the working classes.
Seriously, is it me or did Stephen Harper fire Jim Flaherty over his disloyalty over the income splitting policy disaster?
Certainly, I haven’t read EVERYthing written this week about dude going back to spend more time with his family private sector, but the finance minister was perhaps the strongest credible threat to Harper’s executive overdrive control over his domain [echo echo echo].