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Never doubt that people acting together can make a difference. Thanks to yesterday’s internet strike, SOPA is no more. Due to the hard work of activists and ordinary people, the environmentally-destructive Keystone XL pipeline has been stalled, if not stopped in its tracks. Concerned electors (and city councillors who can sniff the winds) blocked Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his squalid gang of vandals from inflicting cuts and bruises on the municipal body politic.

Tho opposition, meanwhile, reveals, as it always does, its true colours. Shifting from counter-arguments, their all-out attacks on democracy itself are becoming almost routine.

To Chris Dodd, a former US Senator heading up the Motion Picture Association of America, the anti-SOPA strike was “a dangerous gimmick”:

It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and who use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today.

An “abuse of power?” That’s rich, pun entirely intended.

Republican defenders of Keystone XL have accused President Obama of “destroying tens of thousands of American jobs and shipping American energy security to the Chinese.” The Harper government and its well- funded astroturfers are defending the proposed Northern Gateway by playing the nativist card as well, bewailing “foreign influences” on the approval process—while excusing foreign oil companies when they bring their own multi-billion-dollar influences to bear, and ignoring the wholesale takeover of the Alberta tar sands by the Chinese. Those who stand in opposition are accused of treason.

Meanwhile, in Toronto, Fordists are talking about getting rid of half the Toronto City Council, and attacking ordinary citizens for having the nerve to make their views heard on budget issues.

Conservatives are keen on democracy that delivers conservative results, but otherwise have no use at all for it.

Activists, of course, know very well that these are battles won, not wars. Powerful vested interests do not tend to go gentle into the good night. Whether it’s defending the Internet against the new panopticon, stopping massive environmental destruction, or thwarting plans to destroy the social fabric of a major Canadian city, we know that the struggles on all of these fronts and many more will continue—as the saying goes, we can rest when we’re dead.

But the people have shown what they can do. Thus encouraged, they’re likely to keep on doing it, and keep on winning. They’ve already shown themselves to be the most powerful “vested interest” of all—and more power to them.

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