FALL / WINTER 2016 - Well, what most of us thought unthinkable until 2 weeks ago or so, happened. Soon, Americans will have a brash “reality TV personality” in the White House, and both Houses of Congress controlled by Republicans. And, whether we like it or not, the rest of the world will also have to learn how deal with it for the next 4 years, give or take. To say something has gone sideways in American’s body-politics would be an understatement, for, being informed, reasonably well-educated, mentally stable, honest, transparent, and forthcoming, with world-views that thoughtful and reasonably intelligent people could relate to, is no longer a requirement for becoming the President of the United States. While we’re all “processing” what transpired in America in the last few days, there are some illuminating thoughts from respected CNN political commentator Fareed Zakaria to ponder... food for thought for sure.
AMERICA | No doubts our neighbours to the South faced some clear choices; while neither of the two main contender running for the presidency where particularly compelling, they did offered a strikingly different electoral platform. On the one hand, you had the dark and apocalyptic vision of the GOP’s candidate, and the other one, a positive, uplifting and pragmatic path to move the country forward as put forward by the Democrats. Regrettably though, the tone of this particular electoral cycle was more vitriolic than usual; lies, deceptions, propaganda – and a tendency to exaggerate what may or may not have been true, created a rather hateful atmosphere, reminding us of entities such as Mussolini, Pinochet, Berlusconi and other unsavory characters. Ultimately, it was in the hands of the people; they chose, and they might come to regret it.
GLOBALIZATION | We are glad this election cycle in America is over, but, we also believe that our times demand a strong dose of generosity, and a consistent effort to right the many wrongs facing our world these days; whether you are in the so called “Rust-Belt” in the United States, or the inner cities of Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver, or the shanty towns of Rio, Calcutta, Bogota or Harare, too many of our fellow humans are suffering the neglect of an economic system that has not put people at the centre of its endeavours, and as it has been well demonstrated, benefit few, creating grotesque inequalities, savage pockets of poverty, misery and wars. We echo The Guardian’s views on the economic ills of our times; globalization as we know it must change.
LEADERSHIP | In our opinion, what the moment demands from our leaders is a bold new vision of a more just, fair, democratic and humane society. A society that in the words of Rev. William Barber requires a “moral revolution of values”… A renewed society that has at its very core, an inclusive, diverse and strong “we” – for, if our societies and our planet is to have a future at all, that’s where we must begin; caring for one another, showing respect for one another; valuing one another and tirelessly working to create the essential conditions that foster healthy individuals and communities; in short, a village, many villages that actually care, not just by saying they do, but, by showing they do.
THE FUTURE | Climate change remains one of the most pressing issues of our times. Resilience and adaptation is becoming the “new normal” ... Our country is thus far committed to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change signed by 195 countries in late October – including the United States. In Alberta, Premier Rachel Notley introduced a robust Climate Leadership Plan in the past few months as well worth of support. It’s by no means “perfect” but certainly a good start; our collective future deserves nothing else.
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