George Orwell knew a few things about fascism.

July 1, 2017

Corporate fascism hiding in plain sight as a cancer on municipal government – Springwater and Simce County.

George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction, and polemical journalism. He is best known for the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945) and the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). His non-fiction works, including The Road to Wigan Pier (1937), documenting his experience of working class life in the north of England, and Homage to Catalonia (1938), an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, are widely acclaimed, as are his essays on politics, literature, language, and culture. In 2008, The Times ranked him second on a list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. Wikipedia

Image: Give a Shit About Nature

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.


There is something wrong with a regime that requires a pyramid of corpses every few years.

April 4, 2015

It appears to me that one defeats the fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one’s intelligence.

Banksy If at first

Do remember that dishonesty and cowardice always have to be paid for. Don’t imagine that for years on end you can make yourself the boot-licking propagandist of the Soviet régime, or any other régime, and then suddenly return to mental decency. Once a whore, always a whore.

Orwell


Why is it risky for community groups to endorse any individual or a “slate” of candidates in an Ontario municipal election?

October 4, 2014

A type of election campaign advertising arrived in the mail this week from the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, MRA.

MRA vote for front

Back.

MRA vote for back

 

I think this is the link that provides more detail on the MRA’s endorsements of what appears to be a slate of candidates.

MRA endorsements 1

Questions Arising:

  • Had the MRA’s membership dues and fundraising made it clear that they would be recommending one candidate over another in the upcoming election?
  • Were members and contributors informed that funds would be used to promote one candidate over another?
  • Were the funds spent by the MRA on the design, printing, and mailing a form of subsidy (indirect $ contributed) to the endorsed candidates’ campaigns?
  • Was this indirect funding a form of soft money campaign donation (undisclosed by the candidate under existing provincial law)?
  • Since Margaret Atwood and Others had been centrally identified as allies, were they aware and approving of this new policy direction?
  • Was a weighted rating system used?
  • Were the means and implications of using the endorsements disclosed to the four candidates?
  • Were the candidates informed of the evaluation method process?
  • Were the candidates provided a copy of the finished evaluation matrix (self and others)?
  • Could and were each of the evaluations, independently audited?
  • Who were the individuals who ranked and evaluated the submissions (eg. MRA’s own transparency and accountability)?
  • Would a secretive and non-accountable process of evaluation likely result in a perceived and real non-biased recommendation?

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket. George Orwell

MRA 4 endorsed candidates

 Posted on LesStewart.wikidot.com.


Is the Midhurst Secondary Plan just the early salvo in the WAR against traditional rural values?

February 26, 2014

I think so.

George well history

The values that built and sustain communities such as Minesing, Anten Mills, Midhurst, Grenfel, and Elmvale have to be totally destroyed by the speculators and their courtesans. There can be no alternative but a mindless repeat of a clear-cutting mentality.

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.  George Orwell 1903 – 1950

Posted on voteLesStewart.ca.


How do like your governance: Mac or PC?

March 30, 2012

Corporatism just loves totalitarianism. Unmanaged democracy, not so much.

Images:

Words:

Today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology – where each worker may bloom, secure from the pests purveying contradictory truths. Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause.

Our enemies shall talk themselves to death, and we will bury them with their own confusion.

We shall prevail!

1984 Mac advertisement

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket. George Orwell


The Midhurst Secondary Plan primarily advertises an imminent Barrie-Springwater annexation

February 25, 2012

They had their cynical code worked out. The public are swine; advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill-bucket.

The doublespeak of the documents hints at the underlying economic reality: Springwater Township is unsustainable as a municipality. Honesty isn’t possible because of the emotional attachments some residents have to their communities.

Quotes:

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.

For the ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle (home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics) he feels himself master of his fate, but against major events he is as helpless as against the elements. So far from endeavoring to influence the future, he simply lies down and lets things happen to him.

George Orwell 1903 – 1950

The City of Barrie and Springwater agree on a by consent annexation (the 6th since 1955) via provincial legislation likely to be called the Barrie-Springwater Annexation Act, 2013.


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