No matter how many numbers Freeland plucks to show the economy’s mighty growth in the free trade years, in those same years, most people’s lives have hardened and the growth was distributed entirely upward. This is politically toxic. I’d rather be writing about Trump (believe me) but we Canadians, for our sins, have been afflicted with free trade deals. They rise again, like bad meals. Currently being rebirthed? NAFTA. We may not shirk, it’s our destiny.
Driving on the Queen Elizabeth Way last weekend near Hamilton, I passed Nikola Tesla Boulevard. I’d never noticed it. It’s been there about a year. Tesla was the Serbian inventor who created AC, alternating current, that made long distance transmission of electrical power, like hydro from Niagara Falls, possible. That made Hamilton’s 20th century manufacturing boom possible. Tesla was also a pioneer in radio, radar, wireless transmission. He died poor and alone in New York in 1943.
Is travel the new opiate of the masses? That’s what Marx called religion. (Though sympathetically: religion was “the sigh of a distressed creature, the soul of a heartless world …”) But ultimately, an instrument of oppression. So, at least in Europe, the masses have begun to rise against the masses: last month in Venice — where 55,000 locals are overwhelmed by 70,000 to 90,000 tourists daily. Those numbers make sense in Disney World, not anywhere real.
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