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From: Ian G - Posted: 14-Oct-11 - 21:10
An interesting analysis about rural progressive politics. I'm a progressive, (on the cbc votecompass I was more left social/left economic than all the parties) and I'm rural, a late-in-life becoming farmer. I hang out with farmers, shop in farm outlets, belong to farm organizations like Rockton Ag Society. I wouldn't vote conservative in a 1000 years. I wouldn't smash the wheat board, I wouldn't abolish the gun registry.
I would come down hard on GMO food labelling, support for conversion to organic crop production, reducing carbon emissions, relocalizing the economy (aka, no NAFTA or CETA), encourage home schooling, raw milk consumption, renewable energy investments, etc.
One thing Ish missed was the evangelical protestant religious contingent in rural areas, eg Dutch Reformed in their various blends. Another is that rural people work hard as a rule and deeply resent the work aversion induced by social programs, eg welfare. They really understand that you can't run a household in a deficit mode or you get your property confiscated by the banks, nor can a province or a country live beyond its means. THAT really sticks in the craw of rural folks.
Funny that the CCF/NDP got its start in rural Saskatchewan, but today the NDP is alienated from the rural landscape because they seem to stand for government handouts to the needy, marginalized and also the opportunists. Soon enough very many of us (esp urbanites will find themselves in this category} because of the perfect storm of climate upset/energy scarcity/economic retrenchment that is bearing down on us.
If I were a political strategist I would be looking downboard a few moves and preparing to speak to the people directly about how to live adequately well in a post carbon world.
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