June 04, 2015

How The Far Left Wants To Swing The Federal Election

Richard AndersonRebel Blogger

A story that ran late last month in the National Post shows how the Occupy Wall Street crowd is turning its eyes to Canadian politics:

“Lately, a lot of people have phoned me up and said, ‘Hey Kalle, what the f— are you doing? You never do anything in Canada,'” he said from his home in Vancouver. “So we decided … we’re also going to try to swing this election in autumn.”

“He is like a side dish for us to eat.”

That was Kalle Lasn, founder of Adbusters, a Vancouver based anti-capitalist magazine. Lasn was widely credited with inspiring the Occupy Wall Street movement in late 2011. Now he wants to defeat the Harper government with what he calls a "mind bomb". The group is currently soliciting donations to help "continue to wage the meme war". 

As part of that "war" earlier this week Adbusters launched an anti-Harper attack ad. A crowd sourcing campaign scrapped together $35,000 to have the ad played on the CBC during an NHL playoff game. The rather amateurish sixteen second spot features two oil drenched sunbathers emerging from the sea, while in the background a radio announcer declares that "the Harper government has proclaimed all of our beaches clean again".

This not so subtle line of attack has earned Lasn and his group a fair amount of coverage in the mainstream media with articles in the National Post, the Globe and Mail and Canada.comNor was this week the first time that Kalle Lasn has been featured on the CBC. Back in 2012 Canada's state broadcaster gave a rather sympathetic interview to the Adbusters co-founder. 

It might be easy to dismiss Kalle Lasn as a mere anti-Harper partisan, or run of the mill Leftist taking cheap shots at a Conservative government. Lasn, however, has developed a highly detailed anti-capitalist philosophy which he laid out in his 2000 book Culture Jam: How to Reverse America's Suicidal Consumer Binge, And Why We Must. The Wikipedia entry for Adbusters has this helpful explanation of culture jamming:

Culture jamming is heavily influenced by the Situationist International  and the tactic of détournement. The goal is to interrupt the normal consumerist experience in order to reveal the underlying ideology of an advertisement, media message, or consumer artifact. Adbusters believe large corporations control mainstream media and the flow of information, and culture jamming aims to challenge this as a form of protest. The term "jam" contains more than one meaning, including improvising, by re-situating an image or idea already in existence, and interrupting, by attempting to stop the workings of a machine.

In other words they're attempting to stop capitalism by being mildly obnoxious. Their tactics, at least until Occupy Wall Street took off, consisted mostly of slightly imaginative parodies of popular ad campaigns and common symbols. Their degree of cleverness can be gauged by this version of the American flag where the stars have been replaced by corporate logos. These are Stephen Harper's new mortal enemies.

The interesting aspect isn't that some silly and otherwise unemployable people don't like the Conservative government. That's par for the course. What's interesting is that a movement which is supported by only a tiny segment of the population - Adbusters claims a circulation of about 60,000 - gets so much media coverage. When was the last time a pro-life magazine or rally attracted this much positive ink and broadcast time?


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commented 2015-06-08 11:18:58 -0400
many times i read and hear PM Harper is a control freak! Yet, the same people don’t ask am I being controlled by the MSM beliefs?
commented 2015-06-08 07:40:12 -0400
I’m already braced for the next general election cycle which promises to be the dirtiest most cynically deceptive in our nation’s history. I say this not because of the issues at stake, or because of the nature of the incumbent government but because of the ethically vacant people and special interest networks at play in an attempt to elevate the electability of a dysfunctional substandard opposition. – many op party pundits are from the Obama public disinfo wars and many from radical un-Canadian fringe politics, with a sprinkling of authoritarian statists (Bill Blair call your office) and some well-placed racketeering UN globalists – – all of who are prepared to run media-platformed smear warfare with a compliant politically-aligned journo-list cabal. Brace for lies and intense personality cult agitprop, shear partisan odium, defamatory innuendo and a total lack of media vetting of opposition candidates – it’s all on the table for the opposition this time because their leadership, policy and governing skills are less than deficient – and they know it, so it is desperation planning which will produce a massive BS tsunami from their camp followers in the media for a month leading up to the campaign then super concentrated BS the last 4 weeks.

Get your popcorn, beer and wear a gas mask and pair of hip waders for this one folks – because the Bravo Sierra will be a substitute for oxygen in the atmosphere, it will peg the scatometer needle..

BTW _ sorry I posted this to the wrong thread first and I LOVE your graphic at the header of the 2 leftist enviro muck rakers wallowing in the muck – great metaphor
commented 2015-06-06 01:41:50 -0400
I would love to sue CBC over airing the Adbusters anti-Harper election ad, a deliberately sensationalist, misleading, libellous piece of trash, yet illegally suppressing Conservative, anti-Trudeau/Liberal election ads that merely replay actual news clips of Trudeau’s numerous recorded, highly embarrassing gaffes. My specialty is condominium litigation and provincial public health legislation, so I’m not positive such an action is possible, or even how one would go about it. I just keep coming back to legal foundations, and the basic idea that there can be no right without a remedy. Such blatant political bias by the national, publicly-funded broadcaster ought to be actionable somehow. For starters, I don’t think Adbusters is even registered as a third party with Elections Canada, such that I think its $35,000 anti-Harper ad may technically be illegal, and by airing it nationally during an NHL playoff game, the CBC is complicit in violating the Canada Elections Act.
commented 2015-06-05 13:48:55 -0400
Peter Mansbridge says " I don’t make the news, I report it." He should actually have said," I choose it." As long as CBC etc. are free to air whatever piece of rubbish they wish, this terrible nihilism will flourish. Sadly, control of Media by government is probably worse, as Kathleen Wynne’s withdrawing of a documentary damaging to her own image on TVO illustrates. Hopefully, the average Canadian is becoming savvy of the war that is being waged upon our society, and will awaken.
commented 2015-06-05 08:31:33 -0400
Ashley, actually I think there is a far left group of anti-capitalists that will stop at nothing to destroy our entire Western civilization. Oh for the days of the older style Liberals. I may not have agreed with them on too much, but at least they had their feet on the ground and use some semblance of logic and reason. This new left wing we see in North America where Justin is trying to out “left” the NDP all the while bathing in a sea of ideological relativism where truth is base upon how you feel, is frightening.
commented 2015-06-04 18:34:50 -0400
The left will stop at nothing to destroy our economy. I guess we’ll find out at the next election if Canadians are fooled by this crap.