The Harper Party & Ancient History

The Harper Party & Ancient History

The Harper Party & Ancient History by Bernadette L. Wagner

One of the best resources I’ve discovered, thanks to a conversation with a local playwright and media personality some 12 years ago, is Barbara Walker’s, The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. It’s a veritable tome of women’s history (herstory) to which I turn time and time again.

Last week, when I opened said tome to research a poem, a paper fell out and fluttered to the floor. On the scrap of paper was a quote I had written out.  I often do that with quotes that capture my attention. I wasn’t surprised then, when the quote came to me last night after the English language leaders’ debate. From Gregory of Nanzianzus (329-389):

A little jargon is all that is necessary to impose upon the people.  The less they comprehend, the more they admire.  Our forefathers and doctors have often said, not what they thought, but what circumstances and necessity dictated.

[in Doane, T. W. Bible Myths and Their Parallels in Other Religions, Truth Seeker: 1882, as cited in Walker, Barbara G. Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, HarperCollins: 1983, p. 211.]

In prefacing this quote from St. Gregory, Doane said, It was a common thing among the early Christian Fathers and saints to lie and deceive, if their lies and deceits helped the cause of their Christ.”

Apparently, it is also common hundreds of years later to help the cause of the Stephen Harper Party.

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Crossposted at rabble.ca/election

Sexist Economics Enrages Me!

Sexist Economics

Sexist Economics by Bernadette L. Wagner

I am a woman, enraged!

I am enraged that global capital, after more than three centuries of greed, continues in its greedy ways, wanting more concessions from government, calling for bigger bottom lines, demanding more, more, more.

I am enraged that women and their children bear the brunt of the greed, living in poverty, suffering illness, dying too young.

I am enraged that governments bend to corporatists, hold tight to neoliberal paths, junk programs that attempt to redress imbalances.

I am enraged that our current economic system is based in a social system of  women as chattel and has not “adjusted” to the reality that women are human beings.

I am enraged that, in economic terms, the work that women do to keep our families healthy and functioning, that moves the economy through its cycles, that makes the world a better place for the many, doesn’t matter.  If it did matter, our GDP would look very different.

I am enraged that the “Feminist Dozen” has yet to be addressed in any real way by any of our governments.

I am enraged that in the 21st century the realities of women’s lives are repeatedly forgotten and dismissed in favour of an economics that degrades and devalues women’s worth.

Crossposted at rabble.ca/election

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