Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Disaster Federalism - The Con job that just won't go away

"Only a crisis, real or perceived, produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable". - Milton Friedman

I was saddened but not surprised to read of the Conservatives plans to sell off assets to "battle" the deficit (Ottawa considering asset sales and CBC, Via Rail flagged for possible sale: files. )
A lot of people were thinking that the Conservatives had placed economic concerns into second place behind developing the attack ads.  In reality both of those issues have always been behind Harper's true modus operandi: Disaster Federalism
In November, at the end of my first post on the neo-con strategy, I asked a series of questions:
Will an extremely right wing prime minister leading a government elected with the lowest ever level of popular support be able to hold a pillow over the programs that helped make this the best country in the world?

Will the infrastructure built up over generations be taken away from our descendants so that a discredited dogma can have one last kick at the cat?

Will an economic event that has been needlessly and purposely exacerbated be used to justify converting Canada into a neo-con dystopia?
It looks like, if Harper has his way the answers are yes, yes and yes.
It helps this goal when even generally good journalists miss the big picture and thereby give Harper some cover.
The rest of the series can be found here.
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