CANADA: "SOCIALIST" BLOOD FLOWS
Greetings fellow persons of the journey in hyper-space:
Words ... people get so hung up on words to the point where sometimes the meaning gets lost or muddled up. "Socialism" what is socialism? At first blush it seems to depict a gregariousness, a people gathering together, a celebration, a neighbourhood pub "where everyone knows your name."
In the country known as Canada there is a conflict, a meeting of philosophies. We are not quite sure what we are but we are on the march, as the late Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau stated, towards a "just society" that flirts with this thing called socialism.
We have medicare, it's not free, everyone pays for it through the not so voluntary payment system known as Income Tax. The "pain" is spread through out the whole of the society; the individual does not have to "mortgage" the rest of his/her life to pay for medical help, (here, the sense of the word socialism becomes clearer, the pain of the individual is the pain of the rest of society.)
Now, the education system is another one of those "socialized" elements of the society. The educationary system is funded/subsidized through the income tax and through the property tax shackles. (The property tax system, in my opinion, is one of the most unfair tax systems ever devised) The whole of society pays for education regardless of whether or not one has any children.
In the Canadian province of Quebec there is much unrest over a proposed tuition hike. The cost of tuition is subsidized, the student does not pay the full cost of his/her education, the rest of society shoulders the burden. Some of the student element has decided to riot, totally disregarding any ethical values. What is really at play there? Are the students being spoiled "socialist" brats totally self-absorbed in selfish demands to keep the tuition at artificial low rates (they are paying the lowest tution rates in Canada) or is it an excuse, is there another more nefarious reason for the rioting such as destabilization of the government, a re-kindling of separatist sentimentalism? Is this part of the movement toward a North-American union, en route to a world-wide government? The future will tell. (Quebec is the bell-whether province of Canada.)
Riot police used tear gas and concussion grenades on hundreds of students protesting outside Montreal's Palais des congrès Friday, where Premier Jean Charest was speaking at a symposium on northern development.
... "This is 2012, this is Quebec. We have had ministers find tanks of gas on their verandas... Molotov cocktails in front of their offices. There are ministers who have had death threats," the premier said....
... His Liberal government has already "extended a hand" to student groups about education financing and "increased bursary and loan programs."
But many students say the tuition protest is about more than the cost of university education....
- CANADA: "SOCIALIST" BLOOD FLOWS - Old_Ponter, 2012-04-21, 03:35