by Kevin Gould
2016 – 2015
La Presse: Chapleau & others
Le Devoir: Garnotte & Fleg
Journal de Montréal: Beaudet & Ygreck
Skip over the first half of Anne Lagacé Dowson’s column this week and read Tommy Douglas’s Mouseland fable. The man knew his Canada.
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Yes, that was great.
@ Tommy Douglas: “They even got one government made up of cats with spots on them – they were cats that tried to make a noise like a mouse but ate like a cat.”
This sounds like the NDP.
qatzelok, maybe you can enlighten us how anyone can get elected without being a politician, because that seems to be your beef.
It’s a beef that doesn’t only belong to me. This is why many young people don’t vote: because they know the system is rigged. Pretending it isn’t rigged doesn’t make you a better citizen.
You can’t cope with voting for the least of several evils?
Is it naive of me to ask how you and the other “young people” would organize things so they would reflect the will of the people more accurately?
“democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others”
The system may be “rigged”, but that is not the reason most young people don’t vote. Most of them don’t vote because they don’t care, don’t know, have other priorities, etc. Only the teeniest percentage of non-voters actually deliberately choose to abstain. Let’s not pretend the lazy idiots (literally, look up the origin of the word) are taking some kind of stand here.
how can one determining one’s living conditions in society, i.e. vote, become a non-priority? only through the feeling that making an X on a piece of paper every 4 years or so won’t make a dent in the things that one needs to change.
i think it’s like this for many young and also many older people, only the latter have been successfully instilled some kind of duty that it is only be these means one can request change.
the current political machinery, pretty anywhere in the ‘western’ world, has made it almost impossible for someone not conforming to its style of politicians promising bread and games, to enter the political stage.
the generation which sees the possibilities of networking through the internet, and recognizes very well the inadequacy of the current political system, which is actually more and more steered by the needs of large corporations, expresses itself already through different movements, e.g. occupy.
finding a recipe to represent well the needs of the people is clearly not easy. but the two means of change are through the system, or from outside of the system, if it ignores pressure for too long.
Voting isn’t heroic, and it doesn’t allow you to “choose your living conditions.” It takes no effort to vote. Returning empties is actually harder and often takes more time.
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