If Pfizer had an enormous coercive apparatus, how would it be different from the government of Justin Trudeau? What would it do differently? I’m sure one can think of something but for the most part it would be quite similar.
Trudeau put almost the entirety of the coercive power of the state in service of several privately owned businesses. Businesses, I need to add, that are not owned by the citizens of Canada. He destroyed an enormous number of domestic enterprises to advance the financial interests of foreign business entities. He delivered a catastrophic blow to the nationalized healthcare, sending people in droves to private medicine. He removed many of the entitlements that citizens are used to. He pretty much abolished the passport as a meaningful concept.
Beyond the rhetoric, this is the reality. Not only didn’t Trudeau strengthen the government, he did the exact opposite. He removed it almost altogether, turning it into the enforcement arm of Walmart and Pfizer. Trudeau is the libertarian dream come true.
We can’t solve a problem if we don’t name it. Trudeau is what the neoliberal weakening of the national governments looks like. Governments and their coercive apparatuses don’t go away. They simply switch sides.