Aavaz: Defending Democracy By Hijacking Democracy?

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sand_man
Aavaz: Defending Democracy By Hijacking Democracy?

The following is an email I received this morning:

"Emma Ruby-Sachs - Aavaz.org

Dear friends across Canada,

Only 39% of Canadians voted for this Government and they still won power. This could happen again unless we all join our national political parties and encourage cooperation. Click below to sign up or click here if you're already a party member:

In weeks, leadership elections in our opposition parties will begin, deciding their positions for the next four years! If each of us joins the political party of our choice right now, we can change politics in Canada forever.

The government in power only represents the priorities of 39% of the country, with the rest of our votes split amongst four other parties. But most Canadians think the opposition should cooperate to make sure the majority is represented in Parliament. The Greens already support this plan and a key leader of the NDP is moving his party in that direction. Now we need a wave of support from Canadian voters to make cooperation a reality.

We can change the way the opposition behaves by joining their ranks.Parties begin to close their doors to new voting members this week. Click below to join our national parties now -- our voices as members can come together in a massive national call for cooperation and finally make democracy work in Canada:

Click here to join the NDP
Click here to join the Liberal Party
Click here for the Green Party
Click here for the Conservative Party

Already a party member? Click here to sign up for Avaaz party-specific updates
Most of us, including progressive conservatives, aren't represented by Harper's right-wing policies. Joining a party only costs a small fee -- 25 dollars for the NDP and 10 dollars for the Liberals, the two official parties holding leadership races. Joining the Conservatives costs 15 dollars and the Greens cost only 10. And, for the first time ever, cooperation is a key topic in the NDP leadership race. This might be a once-in-a-generation chance to make cooperation a reality and end vote-splitting and defensive voting for good.

The Green's leader Elizabeth May supports cooperation, and high-profile NDP and Liberal party members are open to the idea. If we all become members of parties now, we can vote as a bloc for party heads who will put the public interest first by uniting to represent the majority of Canadians right now in Parliament and in our next election. Those of us joining the Conservative Party can act as an important force to bring progressive conservatism back to Canada.

Let's help elect a government that represents the real majority of Canadians and ensure no one can hijack our elections with less than 40% of the vote. Click here to join the movement to make Canada's democracy work:

Click here to join the NDP
Click here to join the Liberal Party
Click here for the Green Party
Click here for the Conservative Party

Already a party member? Click here to sign up for Avaaz party-specific updates
Avaaz members across Canada have stood up for our democracy before, beating back attempts to create "Fox News North" and fill our media with misleading statements. Let's stand together again today and make this the turning point for our country and the future of our politics.

With hope and determination,

Emma, Stephanie, Ari, Benjamin, Ricken, Morgan, Wen-Hua and the whole Avaaz team."
 
The suggestion that Aavaz followers join in an effort to take over the Opposition parties is profoundly shocking.

In using this technique, they seem to be effectively throwing the democratic baby out with the conservative bath-water.

Infiltrating the old-line parties; using secret voting blocs on a single-issue basis; conspiratorially shifting party alliances - are all parts of the Leninist tool-kit which have been adopted by the Harperites.

Aavatz' choice to adopt the same tactics seems to mean that they are working for the same antidemocratic ends.


The fact that their ultimate goal is a coalition which is meant to limit the choice of Canadians at the next election just underscores the level of their disrespect for democracy.


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wage zombie

While it's not really my thing (I'm happy to support the NDP), I see no problem with what Avaaz is doing.  That's what the parties are for.

Unionist

Gee, sand_man, of all the things menacing democracy in Canada today, on a 1 to 10 scale, I'd have to rate this at 0.

 

Hoodeet

I'm more pissed off at Avaaz for supporting foreign intervention in Syria.

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Merowe

Hoodeet wrote:

I'm more pissed off at Avaaz for supporting foreign intervention in Syria.

Hey, me too! In fact I was so pissed off I cancelled my 'membership', with a sharp note explaining my disagreement with their warmongering. I'd never given them much thought till this.

Hoodeet

Merowe wrote:

Hoodeet wrote:

I'm more pissed off at Avaaz for supporting foreign intervention in Syria.

Hey, me too! In fact I was so pissed off I cancelled my 'membership', with a sharp note explaining my disagreement with their warmongering. I'd never given them much thought till this.

Hoodeet (JW)

Actually I cancelled my membership too a few weeks ago. (Could it have been over Libya? Or was that the NDP?)

DSloth

I'm more pissed off at Avaaz for directing me to vote Liberal last May, thankfully I didn't listen to their advice but who knows how many tens of thousands did. 

sand_man

We'll see if the issue becomes more pressing when the "Right to Life" coalition decides to do the same thing.

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sand_man wrote:

The suggestion that Aavaz followers join in an effort to take over the Opposition parties is profoundly shocking.

In using this technique, they seem to be effectively throwing the democratic baby out with the conservative bath-water.

Infiltrating the old-line parties; using secret voting blocs on a single-issue basis; conspiratorially shifting party alliances - are all parts of the Leninist tool-kit which have been adopted by the Harperites.

Aavatz' choice to adopt the same tactics seems to mean that they are working for the same antidemocratic ends.

The fact that their ultimate goal is a coalition which is meant to limit the choice of Canadians at the next election just underscores the level of their disrespect for democracy.

I find this comment profoundly shocking. All the email is doing is urging people to join the politcal party of their choice and get active. Not a very revolutionary strategy, I'll admit, and I have no illusions about Avaaz as being any kind of radical organization (let alone a Harperite/Leninist (?) conspiracy), but it's nothing to get particularly upset about.

Was there a part of the email in question that was any more "shocking" than what was quoted above?

janfromthebruce

yeah, that's when they turned me off and since that time, I have not given them the time of day! Go away

 

DSloth wrote:

I'm more pissed off at Avaaz for directing me to vote Liberal last May, thankfully I didn't listen to their advice but who knows how many tens of thousands did. 

______________________________________________________________________________________ Our kids live together and play together in their communities, let's have them learn together too!

flight from kamakura

i don't know how you cancel, i'm still getting mail blasts from avaaz like every couple days.  i support the organization, but i don't really want to be involved with them.  the cullen thing really pissed me off.

JKR

I hope we can all agree that the solution is Fair Voting / PR.