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The Activist Thursday Reader Thursday, December 9, 2015:
If you read one article a year, MAKE IT THIS ONE!
This under pins and develops the ideas Naomi Klein raises in the documentary This Changes Everything.
This article-based on Pope Francis’s recent Encyclical Laudati Si, “On Care for our Common Home,” goes to the heart of democracy where the well being of all people was supposed to be the goal of a country/economy instead of our “free trade” economies that see people as simply the means(fodder) of trade for no goal other than more trade at an ever increasing rate.
“The message of ‘On Care for our Common Home’ is simple: the earth is our commons, it is limited, and we are not managing our commons in a way that is consistent with its sustainability and justice. Indeed, the Encyclical is unequivocal in describing the despoiling of our common home: the pollution, toxic waste, global warming, rising ocean levels, acidification of oceans, deforestation, natural resource depletion, drought, and food and water shortages, et cetera. How is it, the Encyclical asks, that we have “’so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years’”
Far Right gaining in French Polls
This scary article about the rise of the far right in France has a silver lining as it notes how parties in countries other than Canada can actually put the good of the nation and its people before partisan interest.
“Socialist leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis said his party would withdraw from the second round in the regions Le Pen and her niece were leading and called on its voters to back conservatives in order “to block” the FN. France’s far-right National Front (FN) saw record gains in the first round of regional polls, held under a state of emergency just three weeks after 130 people were killed in attacks in Paris.”
Marine Le Pen victory bigger threat than ISIL
More on the far right in France and how it manipulates/feeds xenophobia for electoral gain. Sound familiar?…
“In the few cases when the National Front has been able to win a local election, its track record is appalling. In Hayange, the extreme-right mayor was found to have falsified its electoral budget. In Beziers, the National Front mayor Robert Menard has encouraged the creation of private militias and the religious listings to target minorities. In each of the Southern cities of Toulon, Vitrolles, Orange and Marignane, once held by the National Front, corruption, nepotism and mismanagement has been endemic.”
The article goes on to analyze how the National Front agenda plays directly into “ISIL’s very objective is to polarise French society and surf on the dismantlement of its civic structure to recruit simple-minded individuals who feel rejected by the xenophobic discourse of the National Front and the cowardice of French leaders to stand against it.”