Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thomas Walkom: Vladimir Ilyich Harper (Toronto Star)

Toronto Star's Thomas Walkom writes about how he sees Stephen Harper's views on democratic decision making in Canada.

Nor is he particularly democratic. Harper's main complaint about his old Reform party was that it gave grassroots members too much authority.

Rather, he is a democratic centralist in the Bolshevik sense. Like Lenin, he feels that the leader, once chosen, has the right to dictate. He has little time for his own cabinet and less for the media, most of which he has cowed into submission.

The fact that during this campaign he has appeared at no events open to the general public is indicative. Harper sees a leader's role as speaking to people rather than hearing from them. Unlike most politicians, he takes no joy in meeting strangers.

We Canadians need to ask if we should trust Harper as prime minister if he won't even listen to us and cannot trust us Canadians to help shape our society.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Anybody who has faith in the intellect of the democratic grassroots is a moron. Just because it's labeled "democratic" or "green" doesn't mean it's good or correct.

Even in a 'democracy' people must be led to do the right thing, and the opinion of the people may be nothing more than a reactive emotional angst.

In the advertising industry, it's known that if an ad is not understood by a 12 y.o., it will not be understood by 95% of the general population.

How much trust can you put into the 12 y.o. mass of emotional children??