[FoRK] Closing funny bits, was Re: Malthusian machinations

Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo ken_ganshirt at yahoo.ca
Thu Jun 17 12:39:50 PDT 2010

--- On Thu, 6/17/10, Aaron Burt <aaron at bavariati.org> wrote:

> Sorry*.  ...
> I expect externalities (and how we account for them) will
> define the politics of the 21st century.  

I hope you're right.

> And the US is just *full* of socialists these days,

Well, it's surely full of something.  ;-)

> * Canadian word, rhymes with "Tory".  It has a subtly
> different meaning to the American word.  And why hasn't someone done
> something about Harper yet?

Pretty tough to do with the current situation. 

It's more difficult to put the controls entirely in the hands of one group of nutters in a country where there are more than two groups partying seriously. But we have not managed to push on to jb's goal of, say, proportional representation or something similar, where we spread the control across all those who are nutty enough to want to try to represent us. (British Columbia nearly got there recently so I think we are creeping closer.) In this case, we Canucks seem especially loath to put them entirely in the hands of Harper's reformer neocon nutjobs. But we are equally unwilling to return immediately to the lying socialist Liberal thieves who have long claimed to be the Natural Ruling Party in Canuckistan. 

Many here look at the coalition the Brits recently achieved and wonder why we haven't been able to do the same. They overlook that it's really hard to take seriously any coalition that involves a party (Bloc Quebecois) whose sole and loudly stated purpose is to dismantle the country. And it's impossible to get a parliamentary majority against the Harperites without them (simple headcount).

So he continues to win minority governments while ignoring the 80% of the electorate who did not vote for them. It's just possible that this situation might even help the push to some form of proportional representation.


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