This post is inspired by interesting events that have occurred and are occurring right now in the land to the south of us. Observations for a peaceful new years day…
- In December 2016 the US Electoral College upheld the election of President-elect Donald Trump. The United States should be applauded for this accomplishment; Americans demonstrated to the world that their democratic system was proof against the considerable pressure Trump’s partisan rivals were able to bring to bear. Donald Trump’s shortcomings had been rehashed quite thoroughly throughout America and around the world; the results of the election took many (myself included) completely by surprise. For many people, post-election, there was tremendous temptation (based in moral conviction and personal gain and everything in between) to overturn the results. But the temptation was resisted. Back in December 2008, we, here in Canada, failed to stand up for our democratic process. That, and what to do about it, is the whole theme of this website. So, congratulations America, on the resilience of your democracy! I hope we get there some day.
- Donald Trump was one of the biggest pushes of the Birther movement during President Obama’s tenure. This whole current ‘Russian hacker’ angle is, therefore, especially ironic. Just for the karma, President Trump will wear this, and it will be just as meaningful a distraction as Obama’s place of birth was for the outgoing American president.
- That being said, the Russian hacker story-line is being made part of a campaign to shut down non-mainstream news sources, a campaign against ‘Fake News’. The campaign has been going on for a while, but the introduction of Russian hackers into the mix is a brilliant tactic, a real game-changer. My prediction for 2017 is that this year will be a teeter-totter point between a wild and free internet and an internet wholly in the service of the state and commercial interests. This will certainly effect us here in the north half of North America.
This year I am going to try to be more connected on the net. It’s not in my nature, but I have enjoyed reading articles out here by others. As this may be the last year to do so, I will start recommending authors whose perspectives I think are worth considering in this whole, amorphous, quest for democracy adventure, in which we 21st century humans are all engaged.
So, to start, let me recommend the generally excellent site Alberta Politics.ca, written by David Climenhaga, about Alberta politics and news issues and issues of democracy as he sees them. Check out Mr. Climenhaga’s take on the Russian spy stuff.
Happy New Year!