Stephen Harper: The Man Who Put the “Con” in “Conservative”
Fresh on the heels of the controversial bill C-23 to undermine democracy, but entitled “Fair Elections Act,” comes bill S-4, “The Digital Privacy Act” which critics say does the exact opposite of what the bill’s name purports to do.
This has become something of a repeat pattern with the Harper government and with the public conversation more generally. Everything comes wearing a mask. Everything misrepresents itself as something it’s not. Everything lies in an age of brands and branding and perception management.
In short, everything is a con-job. It’s as if the Harper government has lifted the plot from Orwell’s 1984 as their own programme for exercising and maintaining their grip on power. Because there’s always something controversial in a bill, call it the exact opposite of what you intend by the new law and no one will see the subversive intent of the bill.
That practice reflects Mr. Harper’s Jekyll and Hyde personality itself — publicly pose as a “libertarian” concerned about creeping statism, but implement an authoritarian programme and agenda behind the “brand”. Create a smokescreen and a diversion so that few will perceive (or will invariably misconstrue) the real aims and motives.
The question is: Can such a society long survive the con of living on the “genuine imitation” of images, mirages, hallucinations — built upon brands, “truthiness”, and walking amongst shadows and spectres?
The answer is: No. It’s delusion. It’s nihilism. Everything lies and misrepresents itself in the culture of narcissism.