September 17th, 2008
|09:34 pm - Vote swapping to prevent Conservative majority next election...you game?|
So it looks like Canada might end up with a Conservative minority government again after the Oct. 14th elections, and there's even the thin rumours that it might be a Conservative majority. That, apparently, has many Canadians worried, and it looks like many are uniting together at this time to voice their discontent with that possibility;
In a nutshell what it means is that if, for example, you usually vote NDP, but in your riding at this time the Liberals have a better chance of beating the Conservatives than the NDP, you vote for the Liberals to help ensure that at least the Conservatives don't win, and someone in a riding where the NDP has the best chance to beat the Conservatives will vote NDP for you even if he/she usually doesn't vote NDP.
What does this signify? That our first-past-the-post democratic voting system is epic fail. It means it doesn't represent the peoples' opinions. It means our democracy is a bust, a sham and an illusion. Big surprise. So we have to devise our own plans to trick our own democratic process...wth. Well, at least people are uniting, if Conservatives form a majority government after the next elections I'm going to...I don't know, teach English abroad until they get voted out or something.
[EDIT]: Not only do we have the elections to look forward to it looks like the stock market's riding their own rollercoaster. Yay. Truth be told I'm not surprised, what goes up must come down, and the economy's no different. This whole trading, selling, buying empty transactions over the cyberspace is doomed to one day hit the brick wall. Never really understood the whole concept of the stock market on my end, to me it just looks like empty numbers getting tossed around. You can't eat stock, you can't touch it, you can't actually DO anything with it to help you survive. You know, if ever there's a world-wide computer crash morbid curiosity makes me want to be standing in the middle of Wall Street just to watch the panic that'd ensue.
|Date:||September 23rd, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)|| |
That is the dilemma that Christine & I are having now over the voting issue. We all know that none of the political parties actually have anything substantial or of utilitarian value to offer (just those run-of-the-mill empty promises, but a vote is still a vote. I tend to be more socialist in nature (read: NDP; omg please don't kill me on this one lol) but I'm really stuck as to where my vote should go. Now I don't want to seem like one of those vote-swappers, nor do I want to be overly idealistic, but I still would like to believe that the principle of voting still matters & that it will account for responsible, active government in the end (said sarcastically: "Probably not going to happen"). The whole electoral system in Canada is a crock, & the fact that an entire electoral campaign can be conducted in less than 60 days is hilarious at best & petrifying at worst. Maybe I should just shut up & not vote like an uncivilized person...
And about your comment over the economy is very interesting as well: I don’t understand (& frankly find it horrifying) that our entire political, social & economic well-being is dependent on a system that believes that speculation over prices, downfalls and rises in values is an efficient way to guide the course of day to day interactions with the global community! Doesn’t anyone else see anything wrong with this!!!!????-Jameses
You can always go the spoil-your-vote option. I've mostly given up on our system these days. Like I mentioned in a previous post, Canada's just basically running itself, if/when we hit a wall and actually need the government to bail us out in whatever form we can kiss our asses goodbye, watch chaos ensue, give it a decade, and then watch the new generation start rebuilding the country from scratch. Sometimes the slate just needs to be wiped clean, lol. I sound so pessimistic XD
As for our lovely and brilliant stock market, the system whereby everything is basically empty selling and buying, you ought to love this comic I found;http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y26/bombaykitty/Blogs/Livejournal/n1153451049_96747_6220.jpg
Pretty accurately describes the stock market system eh? I remember the first time upon hearing my mom attempt to explain to me how the stock market works and thinking to myself that I must have misunderstood or missed something in the explanation because there's no way adults would bet so much money/their livelihoods on empty selling and buying of these cyber "bonds" and "stocks". Apparently I overestimated the adults -__-