Ezekiel, quoting the word of God that came to him, wrote:
So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.
Hannah Arendt, in Responsibility and Judgement, wrote:
For my generation and people of my origin, the lesson began in 1933 and it ended not when just German Jews but the whole world was given notice of monstrosities no one believed possible at the beginning.
George Santayana wrote:
Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.
Again and again in human experience liberty is compromised and overcome by the rise of tyranny. A clear pattern is discernable for those who take time to investigate the genealogy of their personal assumptions and presumptions.
Plato, in the Republic, notices the emergence of tyranny from the ground of democracy. By the voice of Socrates we hear that democracy well begun invariably devolves through the emphasis on individual liberty and the neglect of social responsibility. By incremental stages liberty engenders a widening field of difference, wherein each considers his or her right to choose freely as exclusive of any and all claim to accountability.
Socrates notices that liberty leads persons from unitive to divisive endeavour. This occurs by the influence of those who profit by pandering to the appetite for the unnecessary by which the development of individuality is made possible and predominant. He states that this individual pursuit of right without responsibility leads to dissolution of character in the particular person and the corrosion of social adhesion in the aggregate population.
Bringing this into our emergent historical moment we do well to consider three indicative developments. First is the rise of democracy as the ideology of modernity. This provides the ground for the second, the rise of corporate initiative and achievement. Then, third, the increase of corporate power engenders the shaping of pervasive corporate propaganda by which democracy is undermined and displaced; citizens are transformed to consumers.
The general population of Canada is almost wholly lacking in critical capacity. By the assorted drama and spectacle of mass media persons are bound to the ideological bias presented to them by corporate power which manipulate the present to serve the increase of profit and power. Politics is rendered useful in the same way professional sport is useful. Persons live with the illusion that their preference on ballot/game day is determinative of outcomes.
Perhaps this is sufficient to spark conversation specific to the encouragement of critical concern and the quickening of personal determination for the refusal of compliance and complicity in the rising power of the corporate powers who pull the strings by which creature and creation are spoiled for profit and power?