The Philosophical Politics of Stephen Harper
The Conservative National Convention may have set the stage for what is to follow globally. Seldom are profound idiomatic expressions employed to announce national public policy - verbage whose meaning, in fact, may be beyond the literary scope of the average Canadian.
Stephen Harper’s comments were drawn from Yahoo News:
…..forces are rising in the world "that Canada must resist" and that in facing these undefined monsters "strength is not an option, it is a necessity."
"Moral ambiguity, moral equivalence are not options, they are dangerous illusions," he told his party in the otherwise celebratory convention this weekend.
The term originates from a 1906 address by William James entitled The Moral Equivalent of War……The purveyors of the device usually start by believing their side is morally superior. They use history, possibly selectively, to cast the situation as a big-picture struggle against an evil power. This evil could be totalitarianism or genocidal policies or some other ostentatious villainy. They then justify the atrocities of their own side by claiming it to be a lesser evil compared with allowing the evil power to have its own way. These atrocities in this way become acts of good, not evil.
International conflicts are sometimes viewed similarly and interested parties periodically urge both sides to conduct a ceasefire and negotiate their differences. However these negotiations may prove difficult in that both parties in a conflict believe that they are morally superior to the other, and are unwilling to negotiate on basis of moral equivalence.
Implies a lack of clarity in ethical decision-making. That is, when an issue, situation, or question has moral dimensions or implications, but the decidedly "moral" action to take, is unclear, either due to conflicting principles, ethical systems, or situational perspectives.
Has Stephen Harper announced his departure from the Globalist agenda whose primary mission is totalitarianism and genocide? Moral ambiguity and moral equivalence are born through Machiavellian treachery and employed to justify the unjustifiable. My hunch is that while Harper made this speech to his Delegates, he was in fact addressing his point of view to the Bilderberg participants in Switzerland. His statement also detracts from the Neo-Conservative Bushwellian ideology of the last and prevailing decade.
I will continue to look down from the bleachers and watch Mr. Harper with a ray of hope. Remember, our greatest fear is to fear the monsters that create fear.