Thanks Chris. The #FacebookNazis have silenced me there for another 30 days, etc.

Here is my plea to my fellow Canadians:

Fellow Canadians, my name is Dr John Courtneidge. I am a British (English) born UK Subject and, by application in about 2006, a Canadian Citizen, naturalised in Scarborough, Ontario. By choice, and in solidarity with Acadian History and Heritage, I am an Acadian.

I am a Democratic and Co-operative Socialist - an old CCF-er if you will, and celebrate the contributions of former CCF-ers such as Tommy Douglas, JD Woodsworth and comrades.

Because I publish truth as best we know it, including voices dissident and discordant-to-capitalism, I cannot publish this Plea to my fellow Canadian on Facebook, due to its intolerance of truth and dissident voices: something that it shares with Marxists and Nazis.

My plea is this: at this time, we Canadians have a humbling opportunity and responsibility to help humanity move towards a world of peace: through equality and, thus, #truedemocracy.

That world of 'Peace, Order and Good Government', for and in The Common Good (Le bien commun) can be achieved by us, as Canadians and global peacemakers, by implementing the plan for true Co-operative Socialism.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (the CCPA) commissioned me to write five articles on this plan, which they published in their monthly journal, 'The CPA Monitor' in the winter of 2009-10 when I was living in Ottawa and volunteering and, then, working for the National Anti-Poverty Organisation, NAPO, now renamed 'Canada Without Poverty/Canda Sans La Pauvreté'.

A free PDF of those article, as a 'CCPA Reader on Co-operative Socialism' in the papers's section at (note that the e-address therein, john @courtneidge . . . is no long available - so contact me here.)

Those five articles can be used, as we did at the Occupy London 'Tent City University' outside St Pauls' Cathedral, London England in the winter of 2011-12 when I was back in the city of my birth, London, England due to long-term unemployment and consequential homelessness.

(I am presently stranded in Littlehampton, West Sussex, England due to Capitalism and Covid. Were that not the case, I would be in Ottawa, greeting this historic Convoy.)

My plea finishes with this:

Please, my fellow Canadians, join with us in Littlehampton and District and set up very local 'Guilds of Co-operators: For Peace and The Common Good' in order to co-operatively discuss this plan for Co-operative Socialism.

And to implement it from Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast in my beloved Canada, were that I could back 'Down Home'.

And, please write to me via Contact Us: I will write back!

A bientôt, salut!

Pour la paix et le bien commun,

John Courtneidge (Dr)


Tying up some loose ends.

first of all let me reiterate that the objective of co-operative socialism is not what can I get the other what can I and what can we give?

in terms of International Affairs this means that we all contribute as best we can

2 a world of wellness happiness peace and sustainable prosperity for all

this is the concept of a cooperative commonweal.

secondly a present capitalism in its latest utterly degenerate form

privatising knowledge data information but not in any sense privatising Wisdom because as far as capitalism is concerned, Wisdom and understanding. Our it's poison once we know the capitalism is simply trashing the planet and burning up. Everyone's lives and that includes the 10% that forms a praetorian guard. To protect the 2% the monarchy the aristocracy and the capitalists

Then we know that we need a replacement for capitalism.

Experience has told us that revolutionary events simply replace one set of buses with another set of bosses.

We don't need any buses and in actual fact within co-operative socialism since there are no positions of power. Then buses cannot migrate to those positions of power to tell everyone else what to do.

Because we will all know what our best contribution is.

Knowledge therefore cannot be privatised.

if a particular co-operative discovers a better way of doing something Or in vents something completely no. Then it is their contribution to everyone else's well-being and therefore their own well-being to share and give that information knowledge and data as quickly as possible. That's then becomes wisdom.

Since co-operative socialism abolishes rent interest and profits and decides a much reduced level of income inequality, the question of the use of money. in a world of co-operative socialism becomes important.

The most obvious solution to the question of banking and finance for co-operatives. Is for banks to be effectively the common purse filled up by the community as its market-based social economy co-operatives generate. financial surplus: which capitalism would call its profits, so that the financial service industry becomes a benefit to wealth creation.

Accordingly one model of a banking system would be a collection of solidarity co-operatives where the community decides through a mixture of grant and living incomes to everyone, and for those co-operatives to operate on an interest-free and not-for-profit basis.

Eventually of course since the use of money will disappear, these banking systems will become redundant.

One possible future development for the banking system would be as part of the international support which a nation-state gives to the generation of a global Co-operative commonweal. In such a state if a country which feels that it needs extra support from countries which are more favourably placed, it could make an appeal to the national banking systems for financial support on a grant not loan basis.

That leads us to the whole question of international solidarity work which will be part of the next section.