Saturday, April 28, 2012

The normalcy of abnormal

After the anger I felt yesterday, I have been thinking. Is it not strange that we equate today's "wars" with real wars of the past? How has this happened? I champion democracy but not at the hand of an iron fist.

What I find even stranger is that at the same time as soon as banks are in danger, "technocrats" are installed. It's NATO members telling them to do this. So is NATO's opinion that democracy can work for everyone but those with financial troubles?

The same holds true for the economy, the world has been "easing" for so long now that it's just normal. The easing hasn't slowed at all despite "recovery", it's normal now for us to ease and keep the economy running. It used to be an "emergency" circumstance. The same goes for G.S.T. if I remember correctly, but let's not go that far back.

Are we still in an emergency state? Would we be if these measures were removed? It's hard to say isn't it? It's normal now though, and everything is fine.

I was extremely angry yesterday. As a Canadian who cherishes the freedom World War II delivered for many nations it really saddens me that our freedom has turned in to a superiority complex. We are not at "war" for our freedom, we are supposedly at "War" for theirs? We'll deliver the utopia? Nations who go around enforcing their utopia's on other nations usually end up as the bad guy. I don't really want to be a part of that, do you?

Things are not normal for us here, but it's been a slow adjustment. New measures here or there, then everywhere. China's in the news again, but Ethical Oil is focusing on David Suzuki. I guess priorities are priorities aren't they? I mean sure we love freedom, but we love business first; business is business. Even if it's with Communist China I guess.

Now I'm non-partisan, this means I'll criticize any party, I don't care. I don't like Obama, and I don't like Harper, and I don't pick sides. However, I have to say with all of the "socialist/liberal/lefty" infiltrator talk, their dirty schemes, etc. Why are you all not worried about a major business foothold by China? Is that not infiltration? Or is that just 'good business'? It's not just good business, it's normal business now isn't it? There's articles every other week about China buyouts.

I don't mean to pick on China, I'm sure they are a lovely country with Canada's best interest at heart, but I do have to point at the clear contrast in opinion and our business trumps freedom approach to the world. I don't like it, at all.

A bankrupt business or bank can be liquidated, economies can be adjusted, new industries can be made. But freedom? Well, once you lose that it's questionable if you will get it back, and if you do the struggle and loss overshadows any "business loses" that some democratic decisions might bring.

But hey, normal is normal, right?

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Richard Fantin is a self-taught software developer who has mostly throughout his career focused on financial applications and high frequency trading. He currently works for CenturyLink

Nazayh Zanidean is a Project Coordinator for a mid-sized construction contractor in Calgary, Alberta. He enjoys writing as a hobby on topics that include foreign policy, international human rights, security and systemic media bias.

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