The austerity politics of men like John Tory and the cold brutality of rape culture both in their own way erode trust in “the system”.
The “government as business” ideology, which starves housing, childcare, urban planning, etc., of resources, forces advocates for social change to work outside the system. It alienates the public from government and ultimately degrades democracy.
The culture that automatically disbelieves the victim and prevents women from going public or going to the police forces us to use backchannels and drives our resistance to cis/hetero/patriarchy underground.
Thus in multiple ways the most marginalized in society are taught that “official” channels are not worth using and that we are not safe in public, do not have a right to public space in the physical or conceptual sense.
It’s in this climate of annihilation that we are challenged to love ourselves and each other, and love/desire (as in ēros) a future.
Right now, I’m just going to try to get through tomorrow, because I promised to get you shitbags out to vote.