Tuesday, April 7, 2009
local cons try to gut OPIRG
The University of Guelph appears to have become a battleground for corporatist forces looking to gut the university's progressive elements. From the destruction of the organic science department on behalf of companies like Monsanto and other supporters of genetically modified Frankenfoods (that have as much in common with real food as plastics have) to the efforts of the local Conservative Party to take control of the local Ontario Public Interest Research Group (so they can destroy it) it is clear why Pamela Wallin was appointed to the federal senate by Harper: as the former Chancellor she created an environment at the university designed to destroy the progressive community that makes Guelph such a unusual place to live. OPIRG and Organic Science are just two prongs of what is an intentional evisceration of opposition to the Corporatist agenda, and thus to the Conservative agenda. It is designed to break the back of Guelph as the home of one of the most creative communities in Canada. By gutting everything progressive at the university, the longer term goal is to turn the U of G into just one more factory for producing corporate drone workers, people without imaginations, insight or conscience. Leaving the city ripe for an eventual Conservative political victory. They hate Guelph so badly they taste their own bile every time they think about the levels of resistance here. This has the malice of the Manning Institute written all over, the tool of the phony populist Preston Manning, whose likewise phony populist father Ernest, both served the agenda of corporate socialism. This is Harper's conservative vision for Canada. Corporate control of society, covered with a veneer of pretend libertarianism. But resistance is fruitful, just like the difference between plastic fruit and real fruit.