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of what use is the Globe and Mail?

The Globe and Mail, says my friend and guide Oban, is for the comfort of Canada’s governing classes. So true.

I picked up a copy this weekend just to enter its reality distortion field. Here is Coyne on the truckers:

“The trivial risks of vaccination were elevated into mortal perils. The minor imposition of vaccine mandates was painted as a nightmarish assault on liberty.

“The well-attested thuggishness of the protesters, meanwhile, was simply denied or whitewashed as “civil disobedience”. The extremist ideology of its leaders , the threats of violence, the dreams of overthrowing the government? They’re not really the leaders. That’s not what they meant.”

The basis for this imperious condescension is the belief that the risks of vaccination were and are not ‘mortal perils’: that injecting revolutionary new messenger RNA vaccines into the body – which have been tested on the population for the first time and which seem to carry significant risks of myocarditis, among others- is a matter of little concern. “The minor imposition of vaccine mandates” is not minor at all; they constitute the compulsory consumption of DNA-altering bio-engineering without serious social and parliamentary discussion. of what we are being subjected to, the risks which were assumed away and the rewards which appear to be nil, or close to it.

The effects of the vaccines were to provide immunity for up to 12 weeks. And then they were to require more ‘jabs’ of more messenger RNA vaccines indefinitely, like flu shots.  Setting up the apparatus of compulsory society-wide ingestion of DNA-altering substances is serious work. It requires the talents of people like Coyne to obscure the issues and assume away the problems.

I turn the page of the Globe to find Beverley McLachlin, former Supreme Court Chief Justice, talking about “the Ugly Side of Freedom” solemnly intoning nonsense:

Freedom without limits slides imperceptibly into freedom to say and do what you want about people who don’t look like you or talk like you. Sadly, the Ottawa truckers’ convoy has revealed this ugly side of freedom.”

Says who? My friend Rebel Yell was in the crowd most days and found Innu, Cree, French, English, Sikh and all walks and regions of Canadian life represented, all being polite and cheerful and greeting each other as fellow Canadians, in one of the most massive  demonstrations of patriotism we have seen in this country.

If you want to understand what is going on in the world today, you are better off listening to Joe Rogan and, in particular, his interview with Maajid Nawaz, available on Spotify.

The dots will be connected eventually, but not by anyone writing for the Globe.

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By way of evidence which is by no means conclusive but just found on the Internet within minutes of writing this piece:

Of which there will be much much more soon. See Robert Kennedy Jr. below:

 

 

Fascists, fascists everywhere

You recall the de Adder cartoon about the truckers?

Terribly clever wasn’t it? Yeah, right.

I have seen people who ought to know better asserting the truckers were attempting the overthrow of the government of Canada, that they were or were led by “fascists”, and other absurdities. Rebel Yell, the other author on this site, visited Wellington Street most days of the trucker protest. What he found were Canadians having a party: whites, French and English, Dene, Innu, Cree-Ojibway, Sikh, and so on, all being gracious and polite. And having a good time, apologizing if they bumped into one another.

Now we see Putin justifying his invasion of Ukraine on the basis that he is fighting “fascists”. He proposes to “de-Nazify” the Ukraine.

“Russian President Vladimir Putin invoked the Nazis on Thursday when he announced his decision to launch a large-scale military operation in Ukraine.

“The Russian leader said that one of the goals of the offensive was to “denazify” the country, part of a long-running effort by Putin to delegitimize Ukrainian nationalism and sell the incursion to his constituency at home.”

I am not insinuating that the Canadian left and its leftist Liberal establishment are morally equivalent to Putin. Not at all. But what I do say is this: eighty years after actual Nazi and fascist regimes collapsed in rubble, stricken down and crushed, their ideologies vanquished, people still find it convenient to label their opponents “fascists” when they cannot think of anything worse to insult them with.

Is it not time we acknowledged that the two winners of World War 2 were Communists and parliamentary democracies? And that Canadians tired of COVID compulsions were just that: Canadians? And that Ukrainians are seeking to maintain national independence and are willing to fight for it?

Fascism is dead. Statism is dead. White racial supremacism is dead.

Stop fighting ghosts. Fight the present enemy.

Anti-white racism is very much alive – consider Woke, and the legion of black supremacists and race hustlers in their fifteen minutes of money and fame.

Class condescension is thriving. Just read the Globe and Mail any day of the week. Our former Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin is a case in point:

The Ottawa truck convoy has revealed the ugly side of freedom

Of course these people who shout “fascism” look at themselves in the mirror and do not know who they see: minions of Satan. I think they are in for a big surprise when the Last Judgment is rendered.

Amuse yourself greatly with David Berlinksi

I don’t have anything to say today, or this year, better than what David Berlinski said two years ago in a speech introducing The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions. The wit, the precision, and the audacity is amazing. “Most of science is not falsifiable. I never understood Karl Popper“. Wow! Disputing Karl Popper?!! Listen to the impassioned young man arguing against him during the Q and A. Berlinski  says falisifiability is”simply too simple a concept to treat of the delicacy and interconnectredness  or the articulation of a scientific theory”. Is the young man right? Is Berlinksi playing Artful Dodger? Is he being serious?

Amuse yourself. Listen and discuss.

 

Base, common and popular

There is an exchange in Shakespeare’s Henry V where Pistol, a soldier of the King’s, asks him who he is, as they await the dawn that will bring on the battle of Agincourt .

Pistol: Discuss unto me: art thou officer or art thou base, common, and popular?

The King: I am a gentleman of a company.

“Base, common and popular” – were terms of insult. Just as “populist” is today. The same snobbery applies. What the people want cannot be disparaged too much these days by the elites: a return to prosperity, reasonable controls on immigration, and end to attacks on white males and conservatives for the crimes of being white, male and conservative. See the previous article today on George Will’s deep distaste for Donald Trump, which amounts to no more than the belief that Trump is too vulgar, too base, too common, too popular. The term “popular” has mutated to “populist” because today we think that it is good to be popular. In earlier times they did not bother to pretend.

The French knights were already dividing the spoils of the English army in the night before Agincourt. We all know how that turned out. I expect to hear more boasting of the same nature this summer from American Democrats.

Tariffs have just replaced Trump’s ‘Wall’

News this morning that the threat of tariffs was enough to cause the Mexicans to promise better performance in controlling their borders is the surest demonstration that tariffs – if imposed by the United States – have a persuasive effect on smaller actors.

I have watched Steve Bannon be hammered by an arrogant know it all editor of the Economist on this subject. I have watched so great a mind as George Will find that tariffs are the ultimate sin of Big Government.

I know all the arguments. Free trade is good. It reduces prices for consumers. It optimizes lines of production. It expands wealth. Getting rid of them is good.

So why is the middle of America west of the Appalachians becoming an economic desert? Why are entire towns composed of trailers, and why is Walmart the only game in town? Why is the opioid crisis lowering the age of death? Why is there economic despair west of the Mississippi River?

This was the question that voters had to ask themselves in 2016. Their answer, by the narrowest of margins, was Trump. It comes down to something that Tucker Carlson said a while back in an important speech: that the economy is for us, and not we for the economy. The American elites lost sight of the fate of the working class when the value of labour went to nearly zero. I heard language of such contempt for the American white working class coming from white Democrats that, if said about any other group, would be seen as racism. [I have been persuaded that deep snobbery (classism) is as evil as any serious racism.]

I am not persuaded that tariffs are ultimately benign for everyone, but they were used by the Republican Party for a century to help industrialize the United States. Why not now?

And while we are at it, what is the matter with controlling your borders? Even if the threat of tariffs has to be invoked? Much as I admire, and agree with, George Will, the preconditions for the society he wishes to preserve and foster have to be re-created. That would mean an American upper class that gave a damn for the people who inhabit their country. Trump is the visible evidence for that failure, and talking about James Madison’s vision of distributed government will not change that, much as I admire James Madison, and George Will, for that matter.

George Will