Ruminations of a Raptor

It’s 4:19 am and the mind is on a steady simmer. Warning: this is a ramble whose threads of coherence may be difficult to discern. It’s not dark yet But it’s gettin’ there.

We are the selfie society, a current expression of the pervasive characteristic of our society rooted in the word selfish which in turn derives from a focus on the self. Perhaps this is a natural property of living organisms, and more abstractly, of systems in general. We recently considered a fundamental property of systems that may be useful for studying them: the need to acquire energy to sustain operation and growth. It may be a useful property when properly instantiated for studying cancerous growth as in cities and governments. A selfish perspective would be much more acceptable to us if it weren’t for the fact that we cover our selfishness with a veneer of altruism and giving.

Have you noticed that most organizations stage events framed by a claim that certain of the proceeds will go to some charity? Attend a local choir concert. Tickets are $20 with net proceeds going to ____ fill in some worthy cause here. Can you buy groceries anymore without being asked if you want to donate to ____ ? Facebook: the ultimate selfie. Electronic social desperation. It’s not dark yet But it’s gettin’ there.

Don’t Shit Where You Eat

Ontario has a love afar with socialist government. The Liberal party has swung so far left that the NDP is scrambling for relevance. The Liberal attack ads are aimed at the NDP constituency. Poach enough of it and Ontario will have another Liberal majority. Meanwhile, the Conservative party, having elected a leader that has the bemused look of a deer caught in the headlights finds itself with a leader that actually is a deer caught in the headlights of an upcoming election.

The Liberals have given Ontarians this:

In short, the Liberal government has destroyed the Ontario economy and continues in a direction that is anti-business.

The above was written one sleepless night before the Liberals won a new majority in the election. They now have four years in which whatever they wish to do cannot be touched by the electorate. The thorns in their side will be labour relations with the public sector unions, an unsympathetic federal government from whom they expect to get multi-billions for new spending programs and Moodys Investor Services which will downgrade the provincial debt when it is clear that the slowing economy and increasing tax burden including a new pension plan will create a debt spiral. Think Greece.

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