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Workers of the World Unite (Just Kidding!)

Posted by M. C. on February 22, 2022

Leftist movements have always been the brainchild of angry academics envious of the wealthy. The working-class were only meant to be pawns, cannon fodder, holding the frontline so that Marxist academics could make their demands from behind closed doors and be lifted to the status of elites. Their disdain for the working-class had remained whispers until recently—“Why do they vote against their own self-interest?” they would ask with contempt.

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/workers-of-the-world-unite-just-kidding/

by Tommy Salmons

Nearly a month ago a convoy of tractor trailers and passenger vehicles full of protesters descended on Ottawa, the capitol of Canada. Their message has been clear: “lift all mandates and COVID restrictions.”

The Canadian Government’s response (in addition to invoking emergency powers) has been to call them racists, fascists, NAZIs, seditionists, and white separatists despite the diversity of people protesting the draconian measures. The Ottawa City Counsel continues to call on strong-arm police tactics to silence opposition to their technocratic rule, and the left has gleefully joined the government in the fight against the working-class citizens asking for their lives to go back to the normalcy of 2018.

If you hadn’t been paying attention this could be confusing. The workers of the world unite, and those ideologues historically demanding a worker revolution are opposed to the movement? They must be hypocrites, right?

Well, no.

Leftist movements have always been the brainchild of angry academics envious of the wealthy. The working-class were only meant to be pawns, cannon fodder, holding the frontline so that Marxist academics could make their demands from behind closed doors and be lifted to the status of elites. Their disdain for the working-class had remained whispers until recently—“Why do they vote against their own self-interest?” they would ask with contempt. But that was as far as they would take their criticisms because their goals always required the blue-collar workers to further their doctrine.

The election of Donald Trump and Brexit changed that. The unspoken alliance of corporatists, media, and academics finally revealed itself as an oppositional force of the every-man. They went on tirades about deplorables and the uneducated. They labeled all opposition to their plans of global governance fascists and racists. They mobilized student groups, political activists, media personalities, and NGOs to fight “disinformation” and “racism” worldwide. They were set into death-throes in an attempt to preserve their power and influence.

They weren’t surprised by the desires and political identities of the working-class; they were surprised that the working-class became aware of their own desires and mobilized in a cooperative way to realize those desires and combat the established order that this unsavory faction had so carefully crafted.

In the decades leading up to the Civil Rights Movement the Marxists concluded that the workers of the world wouldn’t unite to bring forth their socialist utopia. In fact, the workers rejected their collectivist ideas altogether. This epiphany led to the development of cultural or racial Marxism, and the goal of the establishment moved from mobilizing the proletariat to igniting a revolution that was fashioned after the Maoist Cultural Revolution. They would utilize the race-based politics of identity and the evils of history to bring forth their ends. The trick was that in order to accomplish this goal they had to distract and divide the proles just long enough to propagandize their children to turn against them, but they got greedy.

Most blue-collar people are not ideological. They spend their time oriented towards the goal of improving their lives and the lives of their children. They want to be left alone to pursue their dreams in order to leave a legacy future generations may enjoy. As politics have become pop culture, invading every aspect of life, they have become more uncomfortable. Their children come home spewing Marxist propaganda, calling them racists, and questioning their sexuality at inappropriate ages. (There’s absolutely no reason a five-year-old should be concerned with sexual orientation or identity.)

The left rejects this. In their worldview everything is political, and everyone must be coerced to submit to their ideology. When the working-class stands up against CRT, sexual practices, and the demonizing of traditional families being taught in public schools they must be brought to submission. When they refuse to submit, they are ostracized and labeled bigots. But the corporatist left didn’t predict that they would encounter so much opposition to their cultural revolution. Calling people racist, sexist, homophobe, transphobe, NAZI, fascist, and bigot are their only tool. They’ve overused these terms to the point that they have no significant definition or utility anymore. The hard-working small business owner, contractor, farmer, plumber, electrician, and truck driver (etc.) is not going to be bullied. They are going to fight for their children and grandchildren. They are going to fight for the future of freedom. That’s what the Marxists realized nearly a century ago—the proletariat want freedom, not revolution. The trucker protest in Canada is a microcosm, and it reflects this fact. The elites and the left are seeing what a real workers revolution is, and it is what they always feared. Their utility belt of insults has become feckless, and they must only comply to the demands to end the technocratic shift to totalitarianism because the honking will continue until freedom improves.

About Tommy Salmons

Tommy Salmons is the host of Year Zero, a podcast focusing on government abuse of power.

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The Media War on Canadian Truckers: Is Freedom Public Enemy Number One? | Mises Wire

Posted by M. C. on February 4, 2022

Freedom is not a panacea for every challenge in life. But it is far superior to boundless submission to tinhorn dictators who know far less than they claim. Politicians like Trudeau and Biden, who fuel mass rage against any group that does not kowtow to officialdom, are sowing seeds of hatred that will proliferate long after the pandemic ends. In the long run, people have more to fear from politicians than from viruses.

https://mises.org/wire/media-war-canadian-truckers-freedom-public-enemy-number-one

James Bovard

The denigration of the Canadian trucker protest convoy exemplifies how freedom is now the biggest villain of the covid-19 pandemic. A Washington Post cartoonist portrayed the trucker convoy as “fascism” incarnate while another Post column derided the “toxic ‘Freedom Convoy.’” Anyone who resists any government command is apparently now a public enemy.

The trucker protest was spurred by the Canadian government’s sweeping covid vaccine mandate. Many truckers believe the risks of the vaccine outweigh the benefit and, more importantly, that they have the right to control their own bodies. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau declared on Monday, “There is no place in our country for threats, violence or hatred.” Except for the hatred Trudeau whips up by denouncing vaccine mandate opponents as “racist” and “misogynistic.” And except for the “threats” and “violence” used by government enforcement agents to compel submission to any pandemic decree issued by Trudeau or other politicians.

Since the start of this pandemic, many people who boasted of their trust in “science and data” also believed that absolute power would keep them safe. According to their scorecard, anyone who objected to government commands was the equivalent of a heretic who must be condemned if not banished from every place except the cemetery. North of the border, Quebec epitomizes this intolerance with its new edict prohibiting unvaccinated individuals from shopping at Costco or Walmart.

The same critics who latch on to any obnoxious behavior by a few wayward Canadian truckers (MSNBC denounced them as a “cult”) to condemn freedom are also happy to exonerate any American politician who pointlessly destroyed freedom during the pandemic with bizarre edicts. In December 2020, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti banned all unnecessary “travel, including, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit.” The mayor (who was caught violating California mask mandates at the National Football Conference championship game) offered no evidence to justify placing four million residents under house arrest. Governor Ralph Northam dictated that all Virginians must stay indoors from midnight until 5 a.m. with a few narrow exceptions. Federal judge William Stickman IV condemned Pennsylvania’s restrictions: “Broad population-wide lockdowns are such a dramatic inversion of the concept of liberty in a free society as to be nearly presumptively unconstitutional.”

Preventing politicians from obliterating freedom is now the worst form of tyranny. On Thanksgiving eve 2020, the Supreme Court struck down Governor Andrew Cuomo’s edict that limited religious gatherings in New York to ten or fewer people while permitting far more leeway for businesses to operate. The court declared that Cuomo’s rules were “far more restrictive than any Covid-related regulations that have previously come before the Court … and far more severe than has been shown to be required to prevent the spread of the virus.” An American Civil Liberties Union official fretted that “the freedom to worship … does not include a license to harm others or endanger public health.” Harvard law professor Lawrence Tribe and Cornell professor Michael Dorf warned that the Supreme Court was becoming “a place like Gilead—the theocratic and misogynist country in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’”

Many progressives talk as if America faces a choice between reckless freedom and paternalism—i.e., submission to a benevolent elite. But regardless of Anthony Fauci’s boundless conceit, omniscient officials have yet to come to the rescue. Government agencies have blundered catastrophically since the start of the pandemic. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bollixed America’s initial response by sending out faulty, contaminated test kits that failed to detect the rapidly spreading virus to health agencies. Governors panicked and shut down schools, resulting in vast losses in learning and widening the achievement gap between affluent and low-income students. The vast majority of small businesses were locked down and thousands were bankrupted in a futile effort to prevent an airborne virus from continuing to spread. Placing scores of millions of people under house arrest led to record-breaking fatalities for drug overdoses and a tidal wave of depression and anxiety. New York City’s covid vaccine passport regime failed to prevent the Big Apple from becoming the hottest spot in the nation for the omicron variant.

President Joe Biden portrayed the vaccines as a magic bullet and falsely promised that people who got injected would not get covid. The CDC stopped counting “breakthrough” cases of covid among the fully vaccinated, paving the way for a resurgence of the virus that has now infected more than seventy million Americans. Or maybe two-hundred-million-plus Americans, since the CDC previously stated that only one in four cases are diagnosed and reported. Whatever. The Food and Drug Administration is seeking to delay fully disclosing Pfizer’s application for its covid vaccine approval for seventy-five years. After Biden issued a mandate that forced hospitals to fire healthy unvaccinated nurses, the CDC said it was OK for hospitals to rely on covid-positive nurses to treat patients—one of the biggest absurdities of the pandemic.

Freedom is not a panacea for every challenge in life. But it is far superior to boundless submission to tinhorn dictators who know far less than they claim. Politicians like Trudeau and Biden, who fuel mass rage against any group that does not kowtow to officialdom, are sowing seeds of hatred that will proliferate long after the pandemic ends. In the long run, people have more to fear from politicians than from viruses.

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James Bovard

James Bovard is the author of ten books, including 2012’s Public Policy Hooligan, and 2006’s Attention Deficit Democracy. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Washington Post, and many other publications.

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Guy says he ‘identifies as a woman’ to legally save a bundle on car insurance. Libs mad at their own laws. Conservative News Today

Posted by M. C. on August 1, 2018

Well good for him. Considering the premium amount I would feel raped too. Besides, how do we know he didn’t feel like a woman at the time?

What would be the case if this person was to consider themselves non-binary?

But what really should bother us is this: What happened next highlights how liberal laws are north of the border, as seen in a Fox News debate on a law that allows the Canadian government to assume custody of children if their families do not accept their chosen gender identity.

This is nothing new, just ask  a native Canadian Indian.

Canadian governments and churches pursued a policy of “cultural genocide” against the country’s aboriginal people throughout the 20th century, according to an investigation into a long-suppressed history that saw 150,000 Native, or First Nations, children forcibly removed from their families and incarcerated in residential schools rife with abuse.

“The Canadian government pursued this policy of cultural genocide because it wished to divest itself of its legal and financial obligations to Aboriginal people and gain control over their land and resources.”

From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 aboriginal children were forced to attend Christian schools to rid them of their native cultures and integrate them into Canadian society. Read the rest of this entry »

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