First, the bigger story of what neoliberalism has wrought south of the border, courtesy Chris Hedges:
"...The seizure of political and economic power by corporations is unassailable. Who funds and manages our elections? Who writes our legislation and laws? Who determines our defense policies and vast military expenditures? Who is in charge of the Department of the Interior? The Department of Homeland Security? Our intelligence agencies? The Department of Agriculture? The Food and Drug Administration? The Department of Labor? The Federal Reserve? The mass media? Our systems of entertainment? Our prisons and schools? Who determines our trade and environmental policies? Who imposes austerity on the public while enabling the looting of the U.S. Treasury and the tax boycott by Wall Street? Who criminalizes dissent?..."
Now, the smaller time story here in British Columbia, courtesy the Forest Practices Board as summarized by Larry Pynn of the Vancouver Sun:
The B.C. government has given away so much power to timber companies that district forest managers no longer have the authority to stop suspect harvesting practices in the public good, a Forest Practices Board report reveals.
The independent provincial watchdog says that in recent years, it has seen “situations arise where forestry development was putting local environmental and community values at risk, yet district managers could do little to affect the development and protect the public interest.”
The board adds that “conflicts between resource users could have been avoided if district managers had the authority to intervene to ensure operations would meet local management objectives and respect tenured interests.”...
In other words, our fine Clarklandian government, following through with what the cronies demanded of the Knotty Gordians (and that includes you, too, Mr. Brown), are stripping away all ability of the people's people to actually act in the people's best interest.
The real point of pointing all this stuff out, over and over and over again?
We, the people are being hoodwinked into acting against our own best interests by giving up control of everything in the name of faux security, be it economic or otherwise.
Tip O' The Toque to the always interesting and erudite Owen Gray over at Northern Reflections for the heads-up on the Hedges piece...