My mother enjoys torturing me by e-mailing me the incoherent rants of right-wing malcontents from time to time. I suppose it’s part of a game she plays with me which I claim to hate but actually in reality secretly don’t mind. But I guess, on the other hand it could also be because maybe she believes that angering up the blood and having your face turn red with frustration periodically is somehow therapeutic.
Either way, she stumbled across this gem of a video and decided that I should have to share in her pain and so she passed it along to me today. (And I’m in an apparently sadistic mood today and thus feel that you, my reader, should also suffer along with me as well… it’s a vicious cycle, it really is.)
(The original link to the video was here on this 9/11 truth blog)
Now, at first, I was beguiled by the “Impeach Bush” banner at the top of the blog she linked to and thought that this would actually be a reputable video on media distortion. Perhaps, I thought, it might be a joint interview with Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman discussing new data on their Propaganda Model? Perhaps an interview with Robert McChesney, author of Rich Media: Poor Democracy? Perhaps an interview with Chomsky, Herman AND McChesney, I foolishly thought as I got comfortable and settled into my chair to enjoy the show.
“Oh, goodie,” I found myself thinking “59 minutes and 49 seconds. This is going to be a full length feature.”
… And then the conspiracies came a-comin’.
For instance, did you know that everything which is reported in the media is controlled by the Freemasons and other secret, shadowy organizations who are all either associated with communism or who are at least sympathetic to it?
I know, I was surprised too.
Peter Jennings was a communist sympathizer. Dan Rather was a communist sympathizer. In fact the video even goes so far as to claim that William Buckley Jr. was a communist sympathizer. Seriously? William Buckley Jr.! The same conservative pompous right-winger who was fond of arguing that the U.S. engages in benign imperialism?
Or, did you know that everybody in a position of authority in the U.S. Government is actually working secretively to abolish the U.S. Government itself and to destroy U.S. Sovereignty so that it can — depending on who you talk to — establish either a North American Union or a New World Order where the U.S. will be emasculated?
Now, if this video was full of harmlessly ridiculous claims (like that William F. Buckley was a communist sympathizer) then I would have just gotten angry and then laughed it off. But specifically the claim about U.S. sovereignty in the video deserve to be addressed as they do touch on something pertinent to Canada.
First, while I think most people who do not have True-believer syndrome can see that the U.S. élites’ behaviour is predominantly concerned with projecting U.S. sovereignty, not sabotaging it, the ridiculous and trumped up fears of a full-fledged North American Union are actually brought up on this side of the border as a genuine possibility by people on the left who normally have more sense than that.
It is a source of embarrassment to those of us on the left that there are actually Canadians who believe that the end goal of the U.S. is to actually formally ‘acquire’ Canada and Mexico as some sort of a final realization of 19th Century Manifest Destiny. This constant fear of becoming the 51st U.S. State is either intellectual laziness or linguistic laziness (merely a placeholder for economic imperialism), but either way it’s lazy.
Why on earth would U.S. élites want to formally enter into a North American Union? If we were formally incorporated into some sort of American Union, then Canada and Mexico would actually have to be given an institutional voice in policy creation whereas now the U.S. has the best of all worlds. Their capital can cross both borders seamlessly (okay, sure there’s always tweaking to be done to make it more brutally efficient, but we’re talking a matter of degrees here and that’s it). They’ve won already.
U.S. capital can extract natural resources in Canada and the federal and provincial Governments in Canada are forbidden from retaliating or hindering this extraction in any way. U.S. capital can then extract the continent’s cheapest labour power in Mexico seamlessly; and nowhere in the entire process would they ever have once been forced to compromise and negotiate politically as capitalists must naturally do within their own nation’s legislatures be they the Canadian Parliament or the U.S. or Mexican Congresses.
Just to further nail home this point, I started thinking what a North American Parliament (based on the EU) would look like and the hard numbers further illustrate why the U.S. would be the absolute LAST country to suggest it and thus why we Canadians should stop being Chicken Little with this thing.
Taking the most recent election data from Canada, the United States and Mexico (specifically just looking at the lower houses in each election), we see that while U.S. capitalists enjoy a Congress utterly devoid of pesky social democrats, both the Canadian Parliament and the Mexican Congress are positively teeming with them.
Then I took the populations of Mexico, Canada and the U.S., divided them by a seat quotient (roughly 600,000 citizens per North American Union Parliament seat) to come up with a breakdown per country. The results: Canada would get 52 seats. Mexico would get 182. The U.S. would get 500.
Assuming that no country even changes their electoral system to Proportional Representation (which the EU requires), we see that left-wing parties still hold the balance of power and that’s even before we factor in some sort of a “North American Union Senate” akin to the Council of the European Union.
So, why, oh, why would U.S. élites give up the sweet plumb they’ve got now for a system where the pesky social democrats control the balance of power?
It’s time that Canadians realize that we sound just as ridiculous as that conspiracy theory nus who made the video above (The John Birch Society) when we talk about this kind of stuff.