[FoRK] G8/20 Baiting...

John Parsons bullwinklemouth at yahoo.ca
Mon Jun 28 10:52:47 PDT 2010



--- On Mon, 6/28/10, Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo <ken_ganshirt at yahoo.ca> wrote:


> Those leaders who don't care need no shielding. You can't
> see what you don't bother to look at/for.
> 
> Those who might possibly care and who might see if they
> looked will be shielded well by their handlers/advisors
> because it is in the handlers'/advisers' best interests to
> do so. They would have to look much harder/farther than they
> are likely inclined to. First, just to see past/through
> their coterie.

Salutin puts it eloquently, even though his last point is a bit trite:

http://tinyurl.com/salutinG20

In part:

> Why is this a concern? Because it’s a symptom of democratic decline. Democracy isn’t about elections. There have been lots of undemocratic societies with elections. It’s about a state of mind and a relationship between governors and governed. This is exactly what looks preposterous in Toronto now. What is the sign of the breakdown in the relationship? Police everywhere, to protect the governors from the people. That’s how it looks. I’m not saying that’s what it is, yet. But it’s amazing that they don’t even react to the optics of the situation: i.e. a temporary police state. To us onlookers, it’s the experience of being disenfranchised. You don’t count, you suddenly have no rights. You can’t park in your spot or take your kids to school. No one asked us, at most they gathered us and told us. It’s what you feel when you’re arrested: that it’s a free country until they decide it’s not.

For interest's sake, here's the document that was produced by all this:

http://tinyurl.com/G20statement

JP





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