Monday, July 02, 2012

Julian Assange: An Icon Of Our Times.

Every era has it’s icons.

They are those people who represent the very essence of the era and the region.

When we think about that particular era, it’s those people, those icons who immediately come to mind.

In the 1960s, they were J. F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Daniel Ellsberg amongst others.

The Age of Reason brought us Voltaire, Paine, Jefferson, among other greats.

These are people who represent the best of us and the best of what that particular era represented at the time.

Julian Assange has become such an icon for this current new era.

WikiLeaks, led and inspired by Julian Assange, along with Occupy, inspired by AdBusters and Anonymous, inspired by the denizens and “bad boys” of the Internet are the icons of this era.

When we look back 10, 20 years from now they will be the ones that we will remember as representing the essence of what and who we were.

While we all come from disparate backgrounds, ideologies, philosophies the one common thread in this new mass social movement for change is a deep desire to end this social, economic and political corruption and injustice which infests our society and to inject a new humanity, a new standard of ethics which respects both individual and social civil liberties and rights as well as demands standards of humanitarianism and egalitarianism.

These concepts aren't new, and they are one's which have been fought for repeatedly over the years. They've just never had the chance to become entrenched. 

The greatest strength of democracy is also it’s greatest weakness. It’s openness and transparency can be taken advantage of and undermined by the unscrupulous and has been repeatedly over the years.

The naivete and blind trust placed in politicians by the citizenry also enables this abuse.

And this is where people like Julian Assange and the WikiLeakers, Occupiers and Anonymous come in. They are the balancing force. The force which pushes to maintain the transparency necessary for an open and democratic society to function on behalf of it’s citizens.

They are both our conscience and our inspiration.

Without them how easy it would be for fascism to walk in and simply take over. Are our politicians responsive to our demands? No. They call us terrorists for engaging in legitimate dissent. They call us terrorists for exposing corruption and forcing the transparency to which every citizen is entitled to from the state. A state which is supposed to be representing us and not a few corporations.

And this is why we need people like Julian Assange to be free. So that he can continue to inspire this very important transformation which is occurring today thanks to him, the WikiLeaks, Occupy and Anonymous movements.

I hope that Ecuador opens it’s doors to Julian Assange so that he can be free to continue this very important contribution he is making to our world. He doesn't deserve to be imprisoned in the US. He deserves to be honored for what he has done. A Nobel Peace Prize would be perfectly in order.

I’d like to thank Mr. Assange for making this beautiful contribution towards the transformation of our world into a better and more humane place for all of the citizenry.

Happy Birthday, Julian Assange and may you have many, many more birthdays living in freedom.

Much love.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

I Am Canadian!

I love my country but I hate what has been happening to it. 

I have no problem with wealthy Canadians being wealthy but I have a problem with the wealthy (Canadian or otherwise) buying my government and undermining my democracy.

I have no problem with capitalism, government, corporations, police, intelligence, defense or other components of the state but I have a problem when individuals in those segments of our society engage in graft, corruption and abuse of power.

I am a Canadian who doesn't like hockey or beer but who loves Canada and wants Canada to be a better place for ALL Canadians not just the few with the money, resources and connections to engage in  bribery, influence-peddling, graft and corruption in order to place themselves above our justice system and engage in these criminal acts with impunity.

Occupy Canada

Let's put an end to allowing the wealthy to place themselves above the Canadian Justice system.

Let's put an end to allowing the wealthy to buy our governments and undermine our democracy with impunity. This is a crime and those who do this belong in jail.

Let's put an end to allowing the wealthy to destroy our Civil Rights so that they can continue to engage in these criminal acts with impunity.

Civil disobedience is not a crime no matter how many fascist laws are passed to make it appear to be one.

Occupiers, Anons, and WikiLeakers are not terrorists nor are they engaging in sedition or treason.

They are Patriots who love their countries and want to make our world a kinder more humane place to live.

In order to accomplish this, the graft, corruption and abuse of power and those engaging in it has to be exposed to the light of day.

Exposing graft, corruption and abuse of power is the act of a Patriot not the act of a terrorist.

The Real Terrorists, who are engaging in sedition and treason, are those who are buying our governments in order to ensure that they implement policies favorable to them and often against the best interests of the Canadian people as a whole.

The Real Terrorists, who are engaging in sedition and treason, are those who are engaging in graft, corruption and abuse of power within our state and government agencies.

Occupy, Anonymous and WikiLeaks are Anti-Terrorist Organizations.

It's time that CSIS, the RCMP and other police forces did their jobs.

Arrest the Real Terrorists. 

Arrest those who are undermining our democracy and buying our government.

The wealthy should not be above the law.

And stop violating the Civil Rights of Canadians to engage in legitimate dissent.

Happy Canada Day!

"Only Love can build us a bridge of light,
That's what turns the wrong so right
That's when you can't give up the fight