This week, we learned that Stephen Harper, in Nixonian tradition, is using federal tax authorities to harass political opponents. From The Globe and Mail:
Tides Canada is having its charitable status audited by the Canada Revenue Agency in the midst of an attack by Conservative politicians who have branded it a foreign-funded radical group.
With that in mind, after reading the article linked below, I was reminded of Dr. Laurence Britt’s list of 14 patterns of behaviour and abuse shared by fascist states.
RCMP spied on B.C. natives protesting pipeline plan, documents show, Martin Lukacs and Tim Groves, Toronto Star, May 10, 2012:
The RCMP has been spying on a group of British Columbia First Nations whose vocal opposition to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline has taken them to the company’s annual shareholders meeting in Toronto, according to documents obtained through an access-to-information request. The documents show that a provincial RCMP unit has been closely tracking the potential for “acts of protest and civil disobedience” by the Yinka Dene Alliance, a coalition of northern B.C. First Nations who have been at the centre of resistance to Enbridge’s $5.5 billion pipeline proposal…
You can decide which of Britt’s 14 points apply to the Harper Government’s actions this week. At the very least:
- Disdain for the importance of human rights.
- Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.
- …regimes exercised subtle power to ensure media orthodoxy.
- Power of corporations protected.
- [police] had almost unchecked power, leading to rampant abuse. “Normal” and political crime were often merged into trumped-up criminal charges and sometimes used against political opponents of the regime.
- Rampant cronyism and corruption. Those in business circles and close to the power elite often used their position to enrich themselves.
- Fraudulent elections.