Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Banality of Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau -- the personification of the banality of evil?

That sounds a little strong, right?  After all, he's such a nice man!

That's what Hannah Arendt meant by "the banality" of evil.  It is nice people who make possible the worst things.

"Nice" people made possible the holocaust.

It's YOUR fault!

The US has killed something like 20 million people since 1945 in unnecessary wars and supporting militaristic or fascist regimes.  At this moment, women and children are dying in Yemen -- and the "nice" people of the US -- AND Canada -- whose governments support the Saudis don't seem to care.

Banality by Banksy

"Nice" is a disease.  Rather, "nice" is  Normopathy -- where an imagined reality allows us to enable all sorts of terrible things, without any remorse -- a kind of social psychopathy. The Nazis were "nice" -- to their friends and families. They thought of themselves as completely "normal", too.  Ultimately, they were merely banal.

But normopathy breaks down when reality hits us in the face.  Thank you Donald Trump. 

Trump is NOT "nice".  With him, all definitions of "nice" are turned topsy turvey. Yes, he is, in his way, anti-social and is hellbent on destroying the social contract.  But maybe that is a natural corrective.

So we hate him.  He upsets us with cognitive dissonance. 

Look in the mirror -- is your hair turning orange?

As Bob Dylan writes, "Something is happening... and you don't know what it is".  Can you be sure about anything now? 

Maybe not even Justin.  Is that a stain on his pink shirt?  Why is giving American  border agents rights in Canada that impact civil liberties?    Why is he making racist comments about Indian kids? Is he really a liberal.?   Why does he hate kittens? (Actually he doesn't -- he just prefers dogs.).  What kind of porn' does he like?

Has Trump broken the mirror?  Or has he put up a better one -- the full length kind that shows all your flaws.  No matter.   You can't rest easy.  As I said: cognitive dissonance.

As we consider Trump's idiocies, the issues become clearer -- and  more and more attention is being given to the neoliberal agendas  which in effect created the Donald-- as well as, ironically, Justin Trudeau.  One of those issues is the contradiction, corruption -- and banality -- of "liberal" parties like the Democratic Party in the US and the Liberal Party of Canada.  If you voted for these people -- look in the mirror. Your fault.

Oh yes, these are chaotic times. And something is very, very wrong.

Little wonder there has been a spate of articles comparing Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's 1984.  Alan Postman,quotes his father Neil Postman who, Amusing Ourselves To Death (1985) wrote:
What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture.
 In the age of the Trivial -- the most trivial wins.

Trump -- who has just turned national politics into a reality show --  is proof that.   

But:  51% of millenials no longer believe in capitalism. Which means maybe there is hope.

In the meantime, Trudeau will prove that he lacks his father's abilities.  I grant that he would like to be like his father -- but he is more  Margaret Trudeau Redux, who quickly established herself as self-indulgent, narcissistic  -- in love with the trends of the moment.  Pierre Trudeau was also self-indulgent and narcissistic -- but he has contrarian and individualistic and willing to buck trends. 

Justin Trudeau is no Bad-Ass like Dad.  In fact, Justin would have been the perfect High School President and he would put on a good Prom'.

Pierre Trudeau would have been in the parking lot in black leather on a bike, drinking from a flask with a skanky tattooed girl on the back.     

 Justin is ever so "nice", ever so "normal" .   Remember high school.   Teachers always predicted "great things" for people like him.  But in the end, they were mediocrities.  In the end, they were banal.  And that, as we have seen, is the problem.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Trudeau and Trump -- Beavis and Butthead?

Is it that we want to be lied to?

Perhaps.  But it is probably more accurate to say that people cannot bear too much reality.  Religion used to be the opiate of the masses -- now, it's TV and Facebook.  
We love Pink.  We hate Pinkos.

So, we love Justin Trudeau -- and hate Trump.

Trudeau tells us what we want to hear. What he says is fake -- the stuff we want to believe, true or not.  It is like sugar --  empty calories. it does not rot our teeth - just our minds and our souls.
What Justin Looks Like Without Makeup

Trump, however, is bitter. In an odd way, he is honest because he lies so obviously.  His is a harsh reality that we cannot ignore. We desperately want a liberal democrat who shield us from the world -- an Obama -- or a Trudeau.
Peace President

In this sense, Obama was more dangerous than Trump.  No, he didn't strand Muslims in airports - he just killed them -- by the thousands, men, women and children, leaving many others maimed.  Oh, give us your homeless -- but not your maimed. Roger Jordan writes: 

 Canada’s refugee policy only appears “generous” in comparison with Trump’s reactionary anti-immigrant measure. In reality, the Liberal government’s much ballyhooed intake of 25,000 Syrian refugees comprised only a tiny fraction of the millions forced to flee their homes as a result of “regime change” wars that the US, with Canada’s support, has led and instigated in the greater Middle East, from Libya to Afghanistan.

The majority of the Syrian refugees accepted by the Trudeau government in 2015-16 were privately sponsored by churches, charities and refugee-support groups. All were subjected to a strict screening process, which included close collaboration with the US Department of Homeland Security and the exclusion of all single men on the claim that they posed a greater threat to security.
Many who did not make the cut have been left languishing in overcrowded refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and other countries.

Those accepted into Canada face an uphill battle. Reports have emerged of many of the 25,000 Syrians being forced to rely on food banks and donations from charities.

In violation of international law, Canada also routinely detains undocumented child refugees indefinitely in “medium-security prisons.”

And unbeknownst to most Canadians, Canadian warships, under the previous Harper government and now Trudeau’s Liberals, have participated in NATO patrols of the Aegean Sea aimed at enforcing the European Union’s brutal policy towards refugees, thousands of whom die each year attempting to cross into Europe by sea.

Trudeau is more dangerous to Canada than Stephen Harper could ever be.   Because people buy into his scam and won't resist --until the shit really hits the fan.  With Harper you knew what you were getting.
Canada's Contribution to Yemen

It is so easy to like Trudeau He is handsome. He has pretty kids, a beautiful wife. He wears pink, without being a Pinko. His name "Justin".   Yes, like Bieber.  (Well, at least it's not "Kevin".) 

Trudeau always says the right things -- even when they are totally wrong -- or a a tad exaggerated.

Refugees are of course a good example of the gap between words and actions.

Or take Trudeau's support of the NeoNazi takeover in the Ukraine. 

He supports Poroshenko's fascist goons in Kiev -- in the name of Liberty, Freedom and resistance to Vladmir Putin, a dictatorial "thug", democratically elected and apparently much loved by his people.    Canadian Ukrainians, many of them, many of whose grandparents were Nazis or Nazi collaborators applaud and the Media cheer. After that Trudeau goes on to sell weapons to the Saudis so they bomb villages in the Yemen. 
Ukranian NeoNazis in WWII.  

Trudeau is  Barak Obama 2.0.  There are differences, of course. Obama has black skin and a white soul.  Trudeau has white skin and a black soul.  Obama played golf and Justin does yoga.  He's a Barbie Doll leader.  OK, a Ken doll.  Just pull the string at the back of neck and he will say something  that sounds cool.

Plastic fantastic. But we love our toys. And what are politicians but playthings.

As you must blame the American people for Obama, so too blame the Canadian people for Trudeau.   The demand was there for somebody like this made for TV Sitcom Leader, and the Liberals gave it to us. 
Leave it to Beaver -- that's Justin. 
Butthead and Beavis

 Leave it to Butthead -- that's Trump.

Yes, the electorate gets the leaders it deserves -- Beaver or Butthead.  In the end, we just like it up the ass. Anal is a thing these days. 

With anal, there is always a little shit. While Trudeau pretends to be liberal,  the sticky brown stuff on his policies, often mistaken for a fossil fuel is just neoliberal shit-- which is not that different from neo conservative shit.    

With Trudeau, it's fifty shades of pink.   But you still have to bend over.  Never mind baby, it won't hurt at the time -- only when you get hemorrhoids later..

Justin will legalize marijuana, you say.   Well, that was pretty much legal anyway, with everyone and their granny growing it.  

In the end,  big corporations will dominate weed sales.  It will marketed, taxed, maybe even advertised on TV.  Like Trump, Trudeau likes big business.  They give him money.

Other stuff, he just wants to leave to the provinces just as Trump wants to leave it to the states.

Abortion rights, for example -- which some provinces don't provide at all.   women. Health insurance? Yup, Canadians are proud of single payer -- but it still doesn't cover dentistry or drugs as in some other countries.  

Education?  Cheaper than in the US.  But, hey, we're working to keep up -- and to turn it into a meaningless ritual without content  -- the equivalent of Greek and Latin in the 19th Century, a mark of money and class rather than intelligence.


Canada has a declining population.  It needs immigrants but it vets immigrants very carefully .  Trump, of course, is in favor of "extreme" vetting.  A lot of differences between the US and Canada are merely differences of degree.

Which is pretty much the same for  Trump and Trudeau.
Trudeau likes pipelines of dirty oil.  Trump does too.

Trudeau says the right words about climate Change -- but is doing nothing about it - in fact, making it worse with the pipelines.  

Trump says the wrong words about Climate Change but is really concerned it might  affect his golf courses. 

On the other hand, while Trump is older, doesn't give a fuck, is crude and rude and probably really believes in America First, Trudeau is younger, slicker, politically correct -- and only believes in Trudeau First.