The power of speculative fiction is amazing.
Consider the examples of Brave New World, Animal Farm, 1984 and V. Their dystopian visions of our collective future was shocking, yet it was only recently that the power of the fiction was evident. Everything that was previously written is passing before our eyes.
Last year, V, was merely a brilliant film that is becoming a classic dystopian classic. This year, its power to predict the abuse of power, the misuse of the power of truth, and the power of the written and spoken word coming to fruition.
Comic book writer Alan Moore was THE brightest, most brilliant, creative writers in our modern comic book era (1980 onward). His work on Swamp thing turned what was a mediocre book and character into a must-read gothic horror.
His exploration of a country ruled by a malevolent, all powerful evil chancellor with conspiracy undertones, with absolute control over thoughts, censorship and information is becoming all too familiar. Near the end of the film, the government (under guise), has released an Avian pandemic, an airborne virus and civil war continues stoked by secret research. While V is telling his story near the middle of the film, he notes two important things; Fear is the weapon of the government AND a politician is elected who is a devil incarnate with absolute power with no empathy.
The Chancellor and his advisors also exhibit the use of government spin over a long series of events. In the film, the first bombing by V is claimed by the government to be the unscheduled Bailey demolition and the 1812 Overture just a bonus. During the narrative, the airborne virus is blamed on a Catholic Institution allegedly researching with bio warfare. Their use of government spin to divert the public from the true activities of V is a common tool in the kit of propaganda and image publicity, a practise that has descended into Virtue Signalling today and has given rise to a negative view of ‘conspiracy,’ or views that run counter to the ‘official’ story released by the powers that be to justify their responses.
The overwhelming visual in the film is that of the Guy Fawkes Mask and its symbolism. Now, we can consider that masks in our society today represent safety to some, and unwarranted governmental control to others. Complying with mask ‘regulations’ without belief in their effectiveness or complying because of a belief in their effectiveness requires both deception and faith, two sides of a coin. Another aspect of the Guy Fawkes visage is that of anonymity. In the film, thousands and thousands of masks are distributed guaranteeing wearers the ability to hide behind the truth or behind a great lie.
Let us move from fiction to ‘reality,’ and consider the situation that our world faces in 2020.
In 2019, the worlds financial and political organizations had been signalling that the economic health of the world had been decreasing and a long-term recession was possible. In early 2020, the situation was not better.
Depending on which side of the Covid 19 coin you fall on, this dreaded virus was active in mid 2019 in Wuhan and actually had been in development by the NIH and several US Universities and laboratories prior to defunding and moved to China OR it was a real virus the Chinese government released. The global players in the virus ‘fight,’ the W.H.O., The C.D.C., pharmaceuticals, investors and government health professionals laid out a ‘pandemic’ policy that included economic shut down, lockdowns, mandatory masks and a future vaccine that would save the world, even if these measures cause more damage than they are supposed to cure.
It is incredibly fascinating that after early Covid 19 mis-steps, the original scripts remain for responses despite evidence to the contrary gathered by even the W.H.O. and the C.D.C. which suggests a reversal of their earlier stances are ignored by the masses and even called ‘conspiracy’ by the main stream media that gobbled up their extreme measures. An example of this is the revised infection and mortality rates released by the C.D.C. that shows their new creation (patented by the C.D.C.) is less dangerous than a regular flu. Even the W.H.O has deemed that lockdowns and masks are not effective and has stated that, yet government policy has not reflected this voice of ‘authority.’ If we add in the growing evidence that shows increased rates of bacteriological infections and deaths in healthy individuals due to mask usage, a clear pattern has emerged, the treatment and ‘protection’ may be worse than the disease.
Meanwhile, as I have written previously, doctors and health professionals around the world including Canada have initiated legal action against governments to defend their patients from ineffective treatments. The Great Barrington Declaration signed now by more than 54,000 professionals takes issue with government response that places politics and profit before research and fact.
The Great Barrington Declaration states that:
“Covid-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza. As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all – including the vulnerable – falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity – i.e. the point at which the rate of new infections is stable…”
Yet, if world-wide professionals have enough confidence to call upon world leaders to change their policies and treatments, why do the naysayers such as Dr. Faucci have such power to dismiss a global, scientific and research based position?
With the US election rising to a crescendo this month, a factor has arisen that shows the effectiveness of yet one more tool in the tool belt of the most powerful organizations in the world: censorship. Facebook, twitter, google and other groups routinely use ‘fact checkers’ to vet posts not inline with the approved storyline. Health related stories that question Covid 19 stats, treatments and causes are routinely buried or deleted giving rise to alternate sites that have been labeled ‘conspiracy.’
In the dystopian novels by Orwell and Huxley, censorship is used extensively to control populations and films like the Matrix explore that concept. ‘Drinking the Kool aid,’ or ‘taking the blue pill,’ are phrases used to describe those who buy the accepted storylines as fact.
As an aside, the Canadian government has posted an ad looking for a ‘Story teller.’
Censorship is not merely relegated to social media and news organizations but rather it has been entrenched in constitutions around the world now by practise.
The Canadian government has Islamophobia laws in place. Some countries have anti-covid 19 ‘news’ laws proposed. Justin Trudeau, in his response to the French attack recently noted that ‘Free speech has its limits.’ I wonder who decides those limits and on what topics.
With the sheer volume of distraction news in the media today, and the ability of search engines and platforms to rank breaking stories REAL news is lost. In the US, the various broadcast news organizations have biases, and regularly practise those. Fox, CNN, TNN, ABC, the CBC, CTV and other networks routinely present half truths and ignore pressing issues and movements that test democracy and free speech.
In the film near the end, Evey and Finch, the detective are standing beside the train loaded with explosives. V is dead in the train covered with roses.
In a scene loaded with symbolism and decisiveness, she pulls the lever and sends the train towards destruction on Guy Fawkes Day.
“This country needs more than a building right now, it needs hope,” she says and the strains of the 1812 Overture rise as the flames consume the Parliament.
Today, in every country around the world we need Hope.
US Citizens need hope that the ‘building’ of political corruption is decimated. Canadian citizens need hope that our Liberal government will take control of our raging debt before we have to mortgage the Canadian Rockies to the Chinese. Western Canadians want hope that the federal government will recognize the value of our mineral resources and allow us to develop them for economic stability. Our citizens, North American, need hope to believe that we will be allowed to shop, live, worship and raise our families without onerous regulations and penalties.
There is an image of the man known as V esca
ping from the burning St. Mary’s that encapsulates the genesis of his journey and his mission. It symbolizes our present truth vs Lie, God vs Satan, Good vs evil, freedom vs control battle struggle.
V states through narration in the film, “Beneath this mask is an idea and ideas are bulletproof.”
Cut to the 1812 Overture….
MLA should read M.I.A. Will our MLAs ever report for duty?
The Keystone pipeline is reportedly being cancelled. The pipeline that our province invested billions in with billions of loan guarantees. If President Biden does cancel as he indicated this Wednesday that could cost every resident in Alberta over $1500, added that to the $1,000 every resident spent on corporate tax cuts, means every resident spent $2500 on futile ideological government missteps.
Did anybody have any say in this? No. Our MLAs never spoke up.
Speaking of MLAs not speaking up, or not representing their constituents, Slave Lake is not the only one. Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer and Wood Buffalo needed their absent MLAs when they tried to protect their emergency dispatch services recently. Like Slave Lake they had to by-pass their vacationing MLAs and appeal directly to the Premier. But to no avail.
Our Premier has blinders on to Alberta in the 21 Century, with his ideological plans that only seem to hurt and cost the citizens while benefiting the corporate elite. The Premier who had his hand out to Prime Minister Trudeau for money to pay party workers. The Premier who cut services, raised fees, brought in tax creep, caused insurance to increase, tax revenue to decrease, laid off tens of thousands, attacked doctors, nurses, teachers, parks, environment, municipalities, and every resident in Alberta’s wallets. Not a peep from our MLAs.
Our Premier who operates out of Redford’s infamous Sky Palace, lost almost 2 billion in accounting errors, invested poorly, cancelled rail programs, fought diversification, focused on oil and gas and has sunk to 16% in some polls.
When will our MLAs step up to the plate?
Too late for our dispatch services.
Too late for wasted corporate tax breaks.
Too late for Keystone.
Too late for many Covid 19 patients.
Can the MLAs redeem themselves? Do they even want to?
This story was originally published on January 17th, 2021.
RAGING FIRES, BUILDING BRIDGES
Open Letter to Canadians
January 11, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Red Deer – Mountain View, AB
“We’ve been conditioned to think that only politicians can solve our problems. But at some point, maybe we will wake-up and recognize that it was the politicians who created our problems.”
“We, the American people are not each other’s enemies. The enemies are those people behind the curtain jerking everybody’s chains and trying to divide us up by age, by race, by income.”
- Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and a 2016 Republican Party presidential candidate.
While the quotes are tailored to the American political climate, both should resonate with Canadians.
Many Canadian politicians have stated their shock in response to the events that unfolded in Washington, DC on January 7, 2021. Sadly, anyone paying attention to American political discourse over the past number of years likely isn’t surprised.
Right vs. left. Conservative vs. Liberal. Poor vs. rich. Black vs. white. Old vs. young. Identity politics has become mainstream in recent years. What happen to the term “Canadians”?
Each time a crisis unfolds, politicians are quick to stoke the flames of division. Sides are drawn, guards put up and the fires rage out of control. A political system rooted in division benefits no one and is not sustainable in the long-term. In this political climate, we all lose.
We have given up a significant amount of autonomy and freedom over the past year in the name of the “greater good”. But have we stopped to ask why politicians are in a better place than us to make decisions that impact our families?
Reliance on government to make personal decisions and provide basic necessities is detrimental to our society. It creates a culture of dependence, increases corporate lobbying and results in larger, more inefficient government. It creates winners and losers and further stokes raging fires. Politicians leverage this division to maintain power. This needs to change if we are to regain trust within our communities and return to prosperity.
The backbone of a prosperous society is freedom of speech and debate. We cannot look to silence those whose opinions we disagree with.
Instead, we must bring all ideas to the table and rationally determine which ideas bring the most benefit to the largest number of Canadians.
We must embrace our differences and learn that there is no single path to success. It is through a balanced approached that we will find solutions to our most challenging problems.
We must learn to build bridges. To meet on common ground. To think of others.
We must realize that no one political party or politician is our saviour. The problems we face can be defeated through our own merits. We do not need government to solve our problems, we are born with that inherent capacity.
How can we accomplish this? How can we tackle all of the major problems that plague this country?
Self-reliance and personal responsibility.
We all have talents and abilities to be contributing and successful members of Canada. We do not need government to dictate the path we take. We do not require approval of establishment politicians in order to decide what is best for ourselves and our families. We are free citizens of a free nation and we can succeed if we come together.
The road forward is not easy. The devastation many have seen over the past year will not soon be forgotten or repaired. Now is not the time for economic experiments or utopian dreams.
We must be grounded in the principles that have benefited us in the past; hard work, innovation, determination and a spirit of resiliency. We must expect the same from our elected leaders.
Canada is the greatest nation on earth. But this badge of honour does not come without hard work and sacrifice. Together, we can overcome the challenges we face and the obstacles in our path. We can calm raging fires. We can build bridges.
In closing, I urge Canadians to come together. To realize that your neighbours’ success is ultimately your success. When Western Canada prospers, Eastern Canada prospers and vice versa. We are all inter-connected and interdependent. We are Canadians.
Candidate for Red Deer – Mountain View, AB
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