“Mutantism on the March” :Chapter 53 “Squid Stirs Up Shit At McSwill University in Montreal”

Squid had many McSwill students offer to assist in establishing a Quebec mutant movement. Amongst the progressives Squid was seen as an inspirational figure. The establishment did not share the enthusiasm. The McSwill Board of Governors, pinnacles of capitalistic success, were wary of this new voice. The complete male composed Board had heavily invested their endowment Fund in Yankee mega corporations carrying on nefarious and highly undemocratic activities in the Third World countries. The glitter of gold had blinded many of the lofty principles the university espoused. Now the students were questioning the investment of the McSwill Endowment fund and its exclusive composition of rich old white men. Many of the McSwill University buildings were named after their ancestors who exploited the aboriginal and French-Canadian population with gay abandon.

In several of the meetings of the McSwill Board of Governors they censored this upstart Squid as a threat to the Canadian historical process and tradition meaning their ancestors were being exposed for what they were. Nasty old white men. Without grants from the elite and the Canadian mega corporations McSwill would drown in debt.

With encouragement from the Board security guards began to harass Squid. Many of these security guards were World War 2 veterans and merely calling Squid a communist, without any proof of that, raised the ire of the security guards. However these elderly arthritic plagued security guards could do little. Neither could the police as Squid was on public property.

The Board received some unexpected help. The Marxist-Leninists, an arm of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), attacked Squid and his supporters with two by fours slandering him as a “reactionary pseudo social democrat CIA swine and a capitalist roader dog who was a true enemy of the Chinese Cultural Revolution”. When Squid asked them what these Marxist-Leninist students were doing at such a capitalist university they calmed down and restricted their attacks to articles in their Socialist International Daily. The Daily was choked with outmoded Marxist dogma even they had difficulty contextualizing it when the proletarian had turned into the middle class. It would seem as the leader of the student Marxist-Leninists lived in Mom and Dad’s penthouse condominium at the Port Loyal complex Squid suggested the Marxist Leninists were the tools of the CIA and RCMP.

Squid found it odd that the Marxist-Leninist League of Canada had been granted exclusive dealership rights for Lada cars and jeeps manufactured in the USSR. They were now working for the fatherland and a 30% commission!

At a meeting of Montreal Mutant Society Squid made the point of distinguishing mutantism from Marxism by saying, “We love the use of Marxist terminology like the bourgeoisie, the proletarian, the lumpenproletarian and the petit-bourgeoisie as a convenient and useful sociological tool for classifying society. However as for the dictatorship of the proletarian that is a dream as it has failed miserably in the USSR and here in North America and Europe the working class are in effect often the middle class due to the power of their unions.

Mutants can be from any class and therein lies our power. Unification is often more important than division. Down with the Socialist International! Power to the United Mutations.”

In the meantime, the Marxist-Leninists had stirred up and goaded the mutant chapter at Sir George Bilkem University and a riot ensued that lasted for 4 days with mass destruction and many arrests. Why were so many Marxist-Leninists now carrying RCMP badges? Easy guess. Filthy stoolies.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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