The state, in its infinite wisdom, has recently called the indigenous people of this land, environmentalists and there allies “enemies of the state”. To many liberals and people who want to reach some sort of reasonable accommodation with the state , this comment is seen as shocking and horrible. How could a government that is both “democratic” and has some many “good programs” to help aka assimilate indigenous peoples consider them enemies of the state. To the people who have been a victim of a genocidal war since 1492 when Columbus invaded this territory, this label comes as no surprise. Of course the indigenous peoples of this territory are enemies of the state because the existence of the settler state by its very nature demands the destruction, murder and assimilation of the peoples of this territory. Reservations were no accident, smallpox didn’t happened because the settlers were stupid, residential schools werent the result of a few bad apples, all of these acts were and are part of a systemic plan of genocide that is still being carried out today at gustofsan lake, stoney point, what settlers call Caledonia etc. For the government to call the indigenous peoples of this territory enemies of the state is settler society, for once being honest and stating that its existence is predicated on the murder and destruction of all who cant be accommodated in the present framework, first and formost those fighting for there hereditary rights to exist and soveriengh peoples on there territory.
The states attacks on indigenous people is not by itself the only attacks that are being carried out. The state, by its very nature is targeting environmentalists, anti poverty activists and members of the settler society who also cant be accommodated in the present framework. To poor people and those who are racialized and marginalized by the state this is nothing new, but to those who are allies who come from the middle strata, these attacks are shocking and scary. To be honest, the fact that the state is now going after environmentalists, student activists and those that speak out with a vengence is pretty scary in the sense that the present regime does what it wants and has thrown the facade of legitimacy out the window. There rule of law no longer matters and there checks and balances are shown to be a fraud. International law goes out the window and they have no problem sending the police to deal with any decent as they see fit. There philosophy, as can be seen both here and abroad is might makes right, in other words, we can use brutal force and there is nothing you can do about it because we have the power to impose our will.Any act that interferes with there agenda is met with force and even torture is now sanctified in the name of “saving lives”.
What this shows is not the strength of the state but is weakness. Politically the state is bankrupt and has no solutions to the political social and economic problems that the peoples in this territory are facing. The political crisis of lack of legitimacy is so deep that they cant even come but with an excuse for the present situation and just use there porogative powers to do as they wish. The political parties are run like criminal cartels based on payoffs as we saw in the sponsorship scandal, brutality and out and out dictatorial parties where even the party membership has no say in the road ahead. Riding association are now shams, especially when the party leadership has even taken away the power for them to elect there own representatives. And people dont even bother to vote because the idea of the lesser of the evils is so sickening the people that they see no point in participating in this sham.
The system is desperate, and in there despair is moving the nation to war and fascism. There rule of law has been exposed to only bind those without power with harper at the hight of his arrogance, telling the supreme court to fuck off.
The attacks on those who are political is part of this barbarous machinery. They think that by attacking arresting and brutalize us they will break our will and that by imposing there criminalization of dissent they will terrify us into submission. Through there attacks on those who fight there message to all is that to be political is now a crime and if you act politically, you will be declared an enemy of the state. This is backfiring on them as more and more people are being outraged at what is going on, and the fear that they think they can impose is turning into anger and strengthening our will to resist and fight back. For every one of us that they imprison more and more people are willing to stand up and take there place. For everyone of us that they demonize and brutalize more and more people are standing up and saying an attack on them is an attack on me. For every person thrown in the street or out of a job because of there economic policy more and more workers are standing behind them and refusing to back down. Our motivation is not brutality but love for our communities and defense of our rights that we have by virtue of being human. Through its actions the state is not solidifying its power but rather undermining there right to rule and showing the people that they are unfit to govern, and in the process creating the peoples opposition that has no desire to have a seat at the table but rather is demanding there basic right to run shit. Yes the system is brutal and the blows that it inflicts cause us to bleed, but in the process it strengthens our will to fight because our love for the people is stronger then there system.