The Globalist Poetry of Stephen Harper
By Peter Dudink
Ironically, secretive meetings seem all the rage in the information age. We have summits, forums and meetings about which the public learns only what selected journalists are permitted to hear and paid to report. Fortunately, sometimes our elected readers issue short bytes of information laden with so much meaning and metaphor that it rivals poetry for sheer semantic density. Just consider Prime Minister Harper’s recent prose-poem, “Washington Summit” (2013), delivered at the recent World Economic Forum (alas, it is not posted at the PM’s website, but a true gentleman and lover of poetry posted it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S3X5Pooqto).
Let’s have a look and analyze the seven scintillating verses of “Washington Summit” (2013). I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Verse 1. Nations whose interests have often been at odds, nations with different traditions of governance, rivals, even former enemies, found themselves addressing common problems with a common will.
Admittedly, it’s not a strong start to the poem, but don’t overlook the subtle genius of it; notice that “nations” is actually a metaphor! When Harper speaks of nations, he means those politicians who act on behalf of nations! And his genius goes further, as he dares to repeat both “nations” and “common” twice in the same sentence.
Perhaps more deserving of our attention is Harper’s teasing, nebulosa effect. When he speaks about the most serious summit of our time, he skillfully avoids dropping names and avoids flushing out concrete details. Consequently, we can only guess at the identities of the “former enemies” and at the precise nature of our both “common problems” and our “common will.” This evasiveness on the poet’s part produces an exhilaratingly tantalizing sensation.
Sometimes Harper invests incredible meaning in a single word. Consider the meaning of “found” in the phrase “[they] found themselves addressing [their common problems].” What does it mean? I think “found” implies that the world leaders did not decide to address their common problems but addressed them by chance. In other words, neither God nor wisdom compelled them to permanently grow up and work together; instead, mere current circumstances forced (and forces) them to cooperate for their common good.
The word “problems” is certainly an instance of incredible understatement. In all likelihood, the Prime Minister’s “problems” refers to the devastating economic crisis that continues to reverse decades of progress and which brave leaders of affected nations are doing their best to hide from voters.
Now, are you ready to unpack the secrets of the next verse?
Verse 2. In this globalized economy they recognized that a flood engulfing one [nation] would soon swamp them all.
A flood! That is a daring image! This image alludes to the flood that—according to the Bible—swamped every nation when God had seen enough, meaning he had seen … too little globalism?
The poet’s profound insight into the economic interdependence of the world’s nations is mind boggling. Stephen Harper clearly suggests that nations have become so economically dependent on one another that if one nation has an economic meltdown all the others will go down with it. It’s quite an incredible phenomenon that he’s isolated. Nature knows nothing like it. It’s as if a pack of wolves were to die if just one wolf keeled over. It’s as if the global economy had merged all nations into one giant organism whose nervous system consists of millions of lines of credit while somewhere in cerebral space a giant debt bubble threatens to destroy the fragile system.
Verse 3. So even though 20-some global leaders all represented sovereign states, they agreed to common and synchronized actions to chart the same course toward calmer waters.
This is brilliant. In verse 2 Harper mentioned the possibility of a flood; now, in verse 3, he imagines the world already covered in water and humanity caught in a storm, on the brink of sinking but saved by the captains who know the oceans so well that they will steer us to “calmer waters” (i.e. greater stability and less market volatility).
Verse 4. Ideological differences were set aside, old enmities were not raised … I would say this: if you had arrived from another planet, you could never have guessed which nations had spent decades mired in hostilities.
The first line of verse 4 emphasizes the incredible feat achieved by world leaders. Then, Harper’s bold ellipsis (admittedly it was just a well-timed pause) is followed by an explanation that employs a hypothetical, science-fiction scenario of ignorant aliens having a peek at the Washington Summit. This scenario is brilliant, for most of us do feel alienated by the summiteers—I mean by the captains who busily plot the course of humanity in secret meetings.
Verse 5. You might call it the fellowship of the lifeboat.
Here, in one masterful breath, Harper alludes to Tolkien’s escapist The Fellowship of the Ring and ironically calls the great fellowship he feels with other world leaders a “fellowship of the lifeboat.” How is this ironic? Well, obviously it is actually a fellowship of the deathboat! But the good poet did not wish to disturb us and, for our sake he offered a gentle euphemism: lifeboat. We should thank him for being so considerate. Obviously he knew very well that the last time leaders united in a similar emergency “fellowship” the West was mired in the Great Depression and Communism looked to many people like a good solution to economic distress. That terrified western capitalists. Nazism was the solution. U.S. and British political leaders gladly held back their troops in the hope that the Nazis would destroy the Soviet Union, and American corporate leaders supported Nazism for the same reason and because they profited from war (Internet search: “corporations that helped the Nazis”). They only turned against the Nazis after the Nazis had begun mounting attacks against the U.S.
Today we are proud not to be in the Great Depression, although many social and economic statistics in Europe and the United States look worse than they did during the Great Depression. Just as Germany staggered beneath the demands of the Treaty of Versailles, the fragile “global economy” is staggering beneath the weight of massive private, corporate and national debts. Today we don’t work with Nazis, we are the Nazis. And when that doesn’t suffice, we fund violent groups and tyrants, as we funded Saddam Hussein when that was convenient, and we support Al Qaeda when that is convenient. Today, our globalist, neocon free-market fundamentalist neo-Nazis don’t face a Communists or Jewish threat to their domination of the world; instead their domination is threatened by unions and environmentalists at home, by anti-usury Muslims in Asia, by socialists in Latin America, by the pseudo-Communists running China, and by still other threats to their wealth extraction machinations. A wealth of parallels between then and now exists.
Thank God the Canadian poet spared us these harsh realities and gave us a dash of optimism:
Verse 6. But, ladies and gentlemen, in the brief parting of the veil, I saw world leadership at its best; a glimpse of a hopeful future; one where we act together for the good of all … the world we have been trying to build since 1945, the world we want for our children and grandchildren.
Behold the poet’s grandiose metaphor: “the … parting of the veil”! Granted, it is “brief parting of the veil. We cannot expect to get more than a brief glimpse of a “hopeful future,” one in which “WE act for the good of all” to create “the world we want for our children.” What world do we want for our children? Rather than spelling everything out for us, the good Canadian poet tantalized us with his mastery of the nebulosa effect.
Did I overlook a startling piece of clarity provided by Harper? After all, he said we have been trying to build this enlightened world “since 1945.” This date is crucial. It is the date Western powers began having secret meetings that led to the formation of the UN, NATO, and other organizations that are busy promoting the globalist agenda that our children want.
Finally, to grasp the incredible courage the poet employed in verse 6, consider the phrase “we act for the good of all.” This seemingly innocent phrase exposes the poet to very serious accusations of socialism and Communism. But Harper trusted that the pro-globalism verses of his poem would lead readers to understand that “we act for the good of all” refers to the opposite of what those words mean to socialists, Communists, and other anti-globalists. Luckily no one misunderstood him, but that’s no reason to doubt that he required courage to voice those words.
Verse 7. It shows it can be done if we act together, and we call this … I call this enlightened sovereignty.
This verse is another excellent example of the nebulosa effect. We are strongly encouraged to act together, but how shall we act together? That is not so clear, and that is what makes this verse so tantalizing. How will our leaders synchronize their efforts and find calmer waters? The poet leaves this world of possibilities open to our imagination. How will our leaders unite their powers and respond to our common danger with an invincible front? Will they fight the enemy with fresh mountains of credit, emergency auctions of public infrastructure and property, financial confiscations, national austerity programs and other Canon-Fodder policies? Ah, we can only imagine.
Harper ends his poem by inventing a completely new phrase, even a new concept! “Enlightened sovereignty” takes the cake! Here is a euphemism and a clandestine oxymoron all wrapped up in one. Yes—an oxymoron! Good listeners understand that Harper thinks sovereign nations will act in their best interest if they sacrifice a bit of their sovereignty to the globalist agenda!
I know, the good poet never mentioned the “globalist agenda,” but that is just more evidence of his poetic genius. You see, nowadays such phrases as “globalist agenda” and “economic rape” are not very fashionable, so the good poet skillfully invented an entirely new phrase for the world.
Have you ever read such scintillating political poetry? I have not seen its like since Buffalo Springfield. Unfortunately, I hesitate to credit Stephen Harper with writing “Washington Summit.” The poetic genius displayed in its verses quite exceeds the level he typically delivers. Moreover, as the people at Global Research have pointed out in “Are Stephen Harper’s Speeches Drafted in Washington DC?” some shadow authors might be writing the poetry of G20 puppets … I mean poets.