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(en) Canada, Collectif Emma Goldman -[Covid-19]: Economy or life ... (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 9 May 2020 10:23:50 +0300

" The coronavirus is serious enough, but it is worth remembering that two much larger threats are looming, much worse than anything that has happened in the history of mankind: one is the growing threat of one nuclear war and the other, of course, is the growing threat of global warming. The coronavirus is horrible and can have terrifying consequences, but there will be a recovery. Whereas if the others will not be recovered, it is finished ". - Noam Chomsky[1] ---- In Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, before the health crisis linked to COVID-19, passions were ignited when it came to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant project. Today, this era seems very distant to us. Currently, the Bureau of Public Hearings on the Environment (BAPE) has been postponed and little is said about the project. Until recently, the subject had been completely overshadowed by the health crisis. But beware, the aftermath of this pandemic, which soon led to an economic crisis behind it, could be very bitter. The Legault government is in a hurry to send children back to school to reopen the economy, and it could also be tempted to speed up the authorization processes for this large industrial project, or even inject money into it. public money in the name of economic recovery. Obviously, this kind of project will be done at the expense of issues related to the environmental crisis.

Certainly, in the coming weeks, we will not have finished hearing the zealots of big capital for whom life in all its forms passes behind the economy. Besides, it's already started ...

Polarization before COVID-19

It is rather rare for a subject to divide and arouse as much passion in the region as that of GNL Québec. It is true that in 2012, we had the right to divide between the partisans and partisans who want that the host of lazy people pay for their studies and those who opposed the commodification of education. In 2010, Jean Tremblay, the former magistrate of Ville Saguenay, had drawn us into a debate from another time on prayer at the town hall. Each time, we found on the side of power and money the populist radios of the right and their hosts, highly paid to agitate the communist scarecrow and demonstrate primary anti-intellectualism. Even today, we cannot escape it.

Potential unemployed

In 1967, the philosopher and sociologist Theodor W. Adorno held a conference on the new right-wing extremism. Adorno then affirms: "that the tendency to concentration (of capital) always entails the permanent possibility of a downgrading of the social strata which were entirely bourgeois by their subjective class consciousness and who would like to fix their privileges, their social status, and if possible strengthen it. These groups still tend today to maintain a hatred of socialism, or of what they call socialism, that is to say that they attribute the responsibility for their potential downgrading not for example to the apparatus which provokes it, but to those who have had ... a critical attitude towards the system ... "(Adorno, p.pick-ups , snowmobiles and boats.

Adorno adds: "the one who does not bow to the division of labor, the one who, consequently, is not bound by his profession to a given position and therefore very precise reflections, the one who has preserved the freedom of spirit is therefore a sort of scoundrel who should be brought into line.»(P.42) This extract wonderfully summarizes the mission that certain radio bins are given.

The professionals of the circle

" War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength. "
... Hydrocarbons are green energies.

But unlike the crusade of Jean Tremblay or the student strike of 2012, this time we clearly notice the work of marketing firms and lobbyists.

Indeed, the forces for maintaining the status quo are hanging on and deploying important means to preserve the old world. After a marketing firm, paid by promoters and paid from public funds, patented the so-called I believe in my region movement , the professionals of the entourage supported a new initiative called citizen (demonstration for major industrial projects in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region). However, this demonstration was white cabbage, social distancing obliges.

However, several economists and environmentalists have sounded the alarm against GNL Quebec. In 2019, journalist at Le Devoir, Alexandre Shields, mentioned in an article published on February 21, 2019: "The annual greenhouse gas emissions related to the natural gas liquefaction plant project Énergie Saguenay will reach more than seven million tonnes. This is equivalent to canceling most of Québec's emission reductions since 1990 in a single year "[3]. We do not believe that the project will suddenly have more quality after the COVID-19 crisis, even if big business had to kneel on the ground.

Regions against the city

In Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, we especially don't want to be told what to do by the people of Montreal. But to be screwed up by an American company with a billionaire at its head ... that we are takers. "Our future is not for outsiders to tell us what to do. What I am telling them is that they are looking after their economic development. We will take care of ours, "said Mayor Josée Néron to the press circle in the fall of 2019. What would we not do for a few jobs?

And that was before the health crisis ...

The present pandemic has taught us at least one thing: governments take action once they have either the choice or it is already too late ... So, with our mobilization, our actions and the implementation of alternatives, let's force the government and its friends of the multinationals to fold! No to this destructive project!

[1]Noam Chomsky: "We are going to overcome the coronavirus crisis, but we have more serious crises ahead of us".

[2]ADORNO, Theodor W. The new right-wing extremism, Flammarion Edition, France, 2019, 120 p.

[3]Source: https://www.ledevoir.com/societe/environnement/548264/l-etude-d-impact-de-gnl-quebec?fbclid=IwAR3130uyDnK0CK7sjDiuWWmJRXDGSV5l_iUNCWbRwqx4DkfLgBzz

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