Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Harper Doomsday Machine

During this weekly series, I have been making the point that the current version of the Conservative Party has transmogrified from a political movement that utilized small scale donations from grassroots supporters to finance it's activities into what is now primarily a fundraising machine that manipulates the grassroots to solicit donations to offset the "Burn Rate" of the Conservative Party bureaucracy.

I have been timing these posts for Thursdays to coincide with the bi-weekly cycle of the fundraising machine.  This is an "off-week" in the cycle; in that I do not expect any action by the Conservatives to rile up their base and the concomitant appeal for funds.  This thesis might seem a bit of a stretch so I will spend off weeks building the case that the potential for a man-made "organism" to subvert the original goals of it's creators to serve it's own aims is well documented in the fictional, sociological, religious and political spheres.

Fictional representations are fairly common.  Particularly in science fiction.  Whether it is Hal 9000 from 2001, A Space Odyssey way back in 1968 or last year's Eagle Eye, it is a common theme to see man's creations wreak havoc once they develop a sense of self-preservation.

It was definitely a common theme for Star Trek plots.  Consider the first and fourth movies, in which early ventures into space engendered blow-back against humankind.

And the original series worked this over several times.  Scripts such as "The Ultimate Computer" or "The Doomsday Machine" are obvious examples.

While you may or may not agree with my thesis, please enjoy the following video as a foreshadowing of the eventual destruction the Harper Doomsday machine and the devastation it is causing Canadians.

And have a great Easter weekend.

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