In a few days, the heavily hyped game Cyberpunk 2077 will be released. What does this have to do with anything?
Well, Cyberpunk 2077 is set in a future where global mega-corporations dominate every aspect of life, with regular people left vulnerable and powerless to impact the course of their societies.
Most people are reduced to a desperate existence, while a very select few controls everything, and are protected from the brutality of life.
When we think of a future like that, we often wonder, "how would people let things get that way?" Turns out, we are seeing exactly how that happens today.
Whether through mendacity, incompetence, or a mixture of both, many of our politicians have done precisely the wrong thing at every step of the China Virus Crisis.
When it could have been mitigated early on, they spent months calling it "low risk" and accused people of "racism" for wanting the borders closed. When it could have been slowed down at airports, they failed to put true quarantine or testing measures in place until it was too late.
When the initial lockdown and a summer of lower cases bought months and months of time to protect the vulnerable at care homes and provide support to improve health, they squandered that time.
And now, they offer nothing but lockdowns once again. Yet, the pain from these lockdowns is not being equally shared.
Some are exempt. Some are even profiting.
For example, revenue of global mega corporations like Amazon and Walmart have surged, and many globally owned big box stores are doing better than ever.
Those big box stores are doing so well because they have been allowed to remain open by the politicians.
The politicians have also kept government-run liquor stores open. You can walk into a government-run liquor store, but you can’t hold a church service.
And of course, politicians and government workers continue to receive their full pay, without interruption. In some cases, they even gave themselves their scheduled raises—at our expense of course.
Meanwhile, those same politicians who exempted themselves, exempted big corporations, and exempted government-run stores from economic pain, have decided to lockdown small businesses in massive numbers.
They deemed most small businesses, "non-essential," shutting them down, while failing to provide anything close to equal compensation for the damage done.
As a result, many small businesses have closed, and many are on the verge of closing.
Not only do small business closures hollow out communities, destroy the uniqueness of various parts of our nation, and destroy livelihoods, but they also do immense damage to employment, as small businesses are a key source of job creation in Canada.
Many working Canadians have lost their jobs, and many are still out of work. And the new lockdowns could make that damage even worse.
What we are witnessing is nothing less than vicious class-warfare.
It is class warfare being perpetrated by the political and corporate elites, the new "protected class" above the rest of us, who issue orders from their offices while being insulated from the impact of those orders.
Meanwhile, regular hard-working Canadians, small business owners and workers in the private sector, are being crushed, with all the damage and all the pain being directed against them.
It is extremely telling that the knee-jerk response of those in power was to implement policies that decimated small businesses and workers, while preserving the profits of global corporations and government-run stores.
That shows exactly where the priorities of the elites lie, and it shows their core instinct is to betray the people who form the true backbone of Canada.