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The Freedom Convoy & the Collapse of Canadian Liberalism

Ray McGinnis

At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is “not done” to say it, just as in mid-Victorian times it was “not done” to mention trousers in the presence of a lady. Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in highbrow periodicals.
George Orwell, “Freedom of the Press”

Recently, a friend told me she’d taken part in a webinar conducted by the Council of Canadians. The webinar included First Nations people speaking about RCMP mistreatment of indigenous peoples on reserve. It was contrasted with the peaceful disbursement of freedom convoy protesters in Ottawa on February 18th.

The webinar narrative was partially true, likely informed by mainstream news reports. RCMP policing among First Nations people needs to be repaired. But, the Trucker Freedom Convoy in Ottawa wasn’t broken up peacefully. Just ask Candice “Candy” Sero.

Sero is a full-blood Mohawk woman from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Hastings County, Ontario. On February 18, I watched live footage online of mounted police officers charging through the freedom protester crowd and trampling Candy Sero as she stood with her wheeled walker. She fell to the ground. A horse stepped on her shoulder.

A man in the crowd started yelling with growing desperation, “Oh my gosh. Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. Look what you did. Look what you did to her. Look what you did to her. Look what you did to her. You trampled on the lady… Shame on you. Shame on everyone of you. Shame on you…”

Candy Sero survived the trampling. But she suffered a broken clavicle.

However, what I saw unfolding live in downtown Ottawa wasn’t part of the new orthodoxy. The live footage I saw wasn’t part of what right-thinking people would be shown, would accept. The people hosting the webinar could be forgiven.

But why did I have to depend on independent reporters and footage from protesters cell phones to reveal an ugly side to policing in Ottawa on February 18? Why weren’t the CBC or CTV covering these stories?

Why was I increasingly feeling set adrift from my NDP and Liberal political leaders?

My vote for Joe Clark in 1979 was the exception to my mostly voting NDP since 1980. My paternal grandfather voted for the United Farmer’s of Alberta party from 1921 until it collapsed in 1935, the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation until 1961, and its successor – the New Democratic Party – until he died. NDP leader Tommy Douglas was a hero in my family. And so I supported causes like funding for the CBC, and giving donations at times to the Friends of the CBC.

Over the decades, I’ve been on the ‘left’ on a host of political debates: against NAFTA, keeping Canada out of the Iraq War, and more. I enthusiastically supported Jack Layton, NDP leader from 2003 to 2011, and was acquainted with him when I campaigned for him as a city counsellor when I’d lived in Toronto.

All Governments Require Scrutiny

Still, I knew Liberal or NDP governments were fallible. Jody Wilson-Raybould was a star Kwakʼwala indigenous Liberal candidate Vancouver riding next to mine in the 2015 federal election. She was given the dual portfolio of Minister of Justice and Attorney-General by prime minister Justin Trudeau. But in 2019, she was expelled from the Liberal caucus over the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Canada’s Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion later found that Trudeau improperly pressured Wilson-Raybould to intervene in an ongoing criminal bribery case. Trudeau’s impropriety concerned the Quebec-based construction company SNC-Lavalin and pressuring Wilson-Raybould to offer the company a deferred prosecution agreement.

In read her memoir, Indian in the Cabinet, Jody Wilson-Raybould described a one-on-one meeting with Justin Trudeau at the Fairmont-Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver on February 11, 2019. It took place while the SNC-Lavalin affair dominated the headlines. These lines from her memoir haunted me:

He asked if I trusted him. I could see the agitation visibly building in the prime minister. His mood was shifting. I remember seeing it. I remember feeling it. I had seen and felt this before on a few occasions, when he would get frustrated and angry. But this was different. He became strident and disputed everything I had said. He made it clear that everyone in his office was telling the truth and that I…and others, were not. He told me I had not experienced what I said I did. He used the line that would later become public, that I had “experienced things differently.” I knew what he was really asking. What he was saying. In that moment I knew he wanted me to lie – to attest that what had occurred had not occurred.

By the time the pandemic began in March 2020, I had brought my manuscript Unanswered Questions: What the September Eleventh Families Asked and the 9/11 Commission Ignored to a boutique publisher.

Early on, I heard from some friends who were beginning to question the official narrative about the pandemic. But most of my friends accepted mainstream news stories. I was shocked by accounts of people being put on ventilators. And boggled by the daily case counts, death counts. But, mostly I kept my own council.

Over the next 18 months I worked with editorial staff on editing, copyediting, proof reading, graphic design, and marketing for my book, working with a publicist. The lockdowns, semi-lockdowns and occasional modest restrictions were inconvenient. But, I had my home. I had my computer. In Vancouver, I could order take-out from restaurants. I was rolling with things. Not altogether comfortably. But, I was comfortable enough. I had a deadline to get my book to publication on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Vaccine adverse events get personal

My comfort with the mainstream media pandemic narrative changed abruptly in June 2021. A close family friend I’d known since early childhood eagerly stepped up to get his first shot of AstraZeneca. Within 18 hours he suffered a brain aneurysm. He couldn’t speak. He couldn’t walk. He couldn’t work. His mother suffered from greatly reduced lung capacity after her first dose.

As 2021 rolled along, several others in my wide circle across North America were injured by mRNA vaccines. Many others were learning about adverse events, AND calling into question how rare the side effects were.

Still, the media daily reported these vaccines were “safe and effective.” Though on August 6, 2021, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told Wolf Blitzer on CNN that the Covid-19 vaccines did not stop or reduce transmission, or prevent infection. What was being offered as the only solution to the pandemic didn’t seem to be able to deliver what it was peddled to solve.

Tolerance

In late December 2021, prime minister Justin Trudeau called the unvaccinated “misogynist, racist… We have a choice to make. Do we tolerate these people?” Given Trudeau’s carefully crafted image, this was jarring, illiberal. Classic liberalism has championed the value of tolerance. In 1789, the National Constituent Assembly of the French Revolution passed its Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.

Article 10 stated:

“No-one shall be interfered with for his opinions, even religious ones, provided that their practice does not disturb public order as established by the law.”

But in 2021, the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada was signaling to Canadians that there were categories of people that maybe shouldn’t be tolerated. He was characterizing legal protests, of the right and freedom to assemble – established under the Canadian charter – as illegal.

Since he’d become leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau’s public image was that of someone who was inclusive. Trudeau was someone who cared about the average person. He was someone who listened to their concerns. But now, the prime minister was openly disdainful, calling the protesters everything but classist. Justin Trudeau’s unwavering rhetoric helped cement disgust toward the protesters among many Canadians.

Collapse of Liberalism in Canada

What did the Liberal Party of Canada have to do with liberalism in 2022? Classical liberalism emerged with the collapse of feudalism and the slow erosion of church authority in the Renaissance.

Liberalism began with the invention of the printing press, the flowering of culture in the vernacular (non-Latin) languages among the commoners, and widespread educational reform. Classic liberalism advanced the need for non-interference and independence of citizens under the rule of law.

In his 2003 book, LiberalismJohn Gray writes that classical liberalism consists of these four pillars.

First, “it is individualist, in that it asserts the primacy of the person against any collectivity.”

Secondly, liberalism is “egalitarian, in that it confers on all human beings the same basic moral status.” It is universalist in its inclusion of all persons regardless of any distinguishing features – all having the same moral worth.

And fourthly, liberalism anticipates the march of human progress attained through critical reason to advance social wellbeing. The word liberal comes from the Latin liber which means “free.”

In the 18th and 19th centuries liberal politicians championed causes that included the 6-day/48-hour workweek, welfare, child labour laws and public schooling, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, universal suffrage, unemployment insurance, social security, and the abolition of slavery.

Bodily Integrity and Security of the Person

Liberalism also advanced the value of bodily integrity. This included i) a women’s right to choose whether or not to have an abortion, ii) An individual’s right to not be sold into slavery or forced labour, iii) The right not to be tortured, iv) The right not to be sexually assaulted, v) and The right to the security of one’s person. The latter included informed decisions about taking medical treatments and procedures.

After World War II the security of one’s person was the catalyst for creating the Nuremberg Code of August 1947. In the Nuremberg Trial, German physicians were held responsible, and sentenced, for conducting unethical medical procedures on humans during the war. The judges at Nuremberg rendered this verdict in relation to any medical procedure or treatment, including:

  • Point 1: The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment.
  • Point 4: The experiment should be so conducted as to avoid all unnecessary physical and mental suffering and injury.
  • Point 5: No experiment should be conducted where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur; except, perhaps, in those experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as subjects.
  • Point 6: The degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the humanitarian importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment.

Off-message data

Almost 75 years later, was there reason to be concerned that the Covid vaccines could result in death or disabling injury? Were these vaccines riskier than advertised? The prime minister declared “the science is settled.” The Covid-19 vaccines were safe and effective.

Yet, documents released by court-order in the USA revealed Pfizer knew by February 2021 that 1,223 people had died from taking their vaccine, according to the pharmaceutical companies Cumulative Analysis of Post-authorization Adverse Event Reports.

At the Centers for Disease Control’s on Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), the system was blinking red. In January 2022 the number of Covid-19 vaccine deaths stood at over 23,000 in America.

As of May 13, 2022, the CDC’s cumulative reported deaths after Covid vaccination in the USA stands at 28,141. This was in less than a year and a half. Since 1990, VAERS has been criticized for notorious underreporting.

Comparing VAERS data on Covid-19 vaccines with other CDC data is illuminating. Merck’s anti-inflammatory drug, Vioxx, was pulled from the American market in 2004 after five years. In 2004 VAERS reported 6,636 people had died in reaction to taking Vioxx. An article in the Lancet determined Vioxx caused 88,000 heart attacks, and 38,000 of these died.

VAERS 6,636 reported Vioxx deaths turned out to reflect only 17% of the actual deaths. VAERS 5-year Vioxx data is less than 24% of deaths compared to experimental Covid vaccines reported in less than 18 months.

What if, like Vioxx, the 28,000 deaths from Covid-19 vaccines represent only 17% of the actual deaths and were 165,000? Or higher? It would appear the Covid-19 vaccines don’t meet the standards set in the Nuremberg Code, based on Pfizer’s own internal reports alone.

May 2022, Canadian hospital statistics on Covid-19 admissions found 50% had received the 3rd shot (booster), 32% were “fully vaccinated,” 2% had one shot – “partially vaccinated” – and 16% were unvaccinated. This is consistent with hospitalization trends since the start of 2022. Could this be due to a National Institutes of Health and Moderna study finding that the mRNA vaccine is “impeding the development of the anti-nucleocapsid antibodies” and suppressing the immunity of the vaccinated?

A study published by the NIH titled “‘Pandemic of the unvaccinated’? At midlife, white people are less vaccinated but still at less risk of Covid-19 mortality in Minnesota” suggested what was at play was a “pandemic of the disadvantaged.”

Autonomy

Nonetheless, Canadians were required to get two doses. When I got fully vaccinated, I no longer believed the vaccine would keep me safe from infection or injury. A mix of social obligations, personal circumstances, and social coercion played a big role. 

In America, Dr. Anthony Fauci was alleging the spread of Covid was due to a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.

The claim was repeated in Canada.

Yet Peter Doshi, editor-in-chief of the prestigious British Medical Journal, concluded “We are not in a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

Doshi said, “It saddens me that we as a society are oversaturated with the attitude of ‘everybody knows,’ which limits intellectual curiosity and leads to self-censorship.” If hospitalizations and deaths occur almost exclusively in unvaccinated people, “why would booster shots be necessary?” asked Doshi.

“And why would the statistics be so different in the United Kingdom, where most hospitalizations and deaths from COVID occur among the fully vaccinated? There’s a correlation there that you should be curious about,” Doshi said. “Something’s not right.”

But Canadian authorities barreled along. The penalty for refusing vaccination in Canada for many has meant getting fired with no employment insurance.

In New Brunswick the government let stores decide if they would allow the unvaccinated to buy groceries.

In Quebec, the premier considered placing a tax on the unvaccinated. Effective November 30, 2021, unvaccinated Canadians were prohibited from traveling by air or train domestically, and from leaving the country by plane, train or ship.

Though these policies are mandated by governments that are purportedly ‘liberal,’ they reveal a serious collapse of liberalism in Canada. For centuries, liberalism has advanced the cause of citizen autonomy: the capacity of individuals in a nation state to make informed decisions free of coercion. But, coercion has been a regular feature accompanying these measures.

Heroes & Villains

On March 31, 2021, Justin Trudeau lauded Canadian truckers as heroes of the pandemic. He tweeted

“While many of us are working from home, there are others who aren’t able to do that – like truck drivers who are working day and night to make sure our shelves are stocked. So when you can, please #ThankATrucker for everything they’re doing and help them however you can.”

But as 2022 began, the Trudeau government determined that unvaccinated truckers WOULD not be allowed to cross the Canada-U.S. border, effective January 15, 2022. The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters have all asked the federal government to either eliminate or postpone the mandate. Factoring in American truck drivers, the Canadian Trucking Alliance and the American Trucking Associations estimated that as many as 32,000, or 20%, of the 160,000 Canadian and American cross-border truck drivers could be taken off the highways by the vaccination requirement.

When the new trucker mandate was enacted on January 15th, it crossed a line for many Canadians. Based on transmission of the virus by the vaccinated, and truckers never being super-spreaders, there was no defensible medical reason to require them to be vaccinated.

By January 22 a Trucker Freedom Convoy formed in Prince George and Vancouver, British Columbia. Their destination was Ottawa. On January 26, prime minister Trudeau derided those joining the convoy as a “fringe minority” with “unacceptable views,” and claimed he was “following the science.”

As the convoy headed east during January’s freezing temperatures, truckers reported what was unfolding.

The convoy is 100kms long and growing all the time. The support people have is overwhelming. Coming into Winnipeg yesterday was pretty emotional the com radios went pretty quiet because no one could find words to express what we felt…people packed on the shoulders of the streets. Cars parked and people for miles and miles on the ring road around the city. On the four lane going out of Winnipeg…ended up driving 5 to 20 km/hr for hours and hours.

People had camp fires going in the ditches, fire works… Crane trucks with the booms up with signs, lights flashing, and flags. The shoulders of the four lane packed with people and cars. Overpasses packed with people. Tons of families little kids all bundled up. Everyone was jumping, dancing, waving signs, flags, and flash lights. All in -30C.”

CBC news footage on January 27 confirmed a sea of Canadian flags greeting the convoy as it headed to Ottawa.

As convoys from British Columbia departed on January 23, those charged with standing on guard for Canada were remarkably passive. CSIS, the RCMP and the Canadian military had access to surveillance of everyone’s phone calls, text messages, and emails among the organizers of the convoy (and all Canadians). Yet, no one in the military, CSIS or the RCMP expressed any concern about a coup or insurrection. There was no attempt by those in authority to halt Ottawa-bound convoys from the West or the Maritimes from arriving in Ottawa the week of January 23rd.

As the convoy arrived in Ottawa on January 28, on the Power and Politics show, CBC announcer Nil Koksal commented “there is concern that Russian actors could be continuing to fuel things as this protest grows, or perhaps even instigating it from the outside.”

Another CBC commentator mused

“I don’t know if it’s far-fetched to ask but there is concern that Russian actors could be continuing to fuel things as this protest grows… perhaps even instigating it…”

The allegations were retracted by the CBC on February 4. As well, there was a lot of media hype about the convoy being a white supremacist conspiracy. But federal financial investigators found no evidence of the charge.

Peaceful protest

Prime minister Justin Trudeau went into an undisclosed location after having caught COVID. The PM had received two vaccines and the booster, which might be seen as undercutting the need to mandate them. He ridiculed the whole convoy as “an insult to truth.”

Rex Murphy stood nearly alone, rebuking his counterparts in the Canadian media for its “alarmist rhetoric,” WHO WERE describing the arriving protesters as “an occupying force.” Murphy observed:

The protest has been actually not mainly but overwhelmingly peaceful, and the political and major press response, wildly alarmist and ominous. Ottawa shops remain with their windows intact, no assaults on police stations or police being bombarded with sticks and stones, no armed patrols by the truckers telling people where they could go or not go, and a splendid number of rather endearing incidents that have failed to make it to national or local press.”

Murphy lambasted slanted media coverage depicting the protesters as Nazis, based on a lone swastika carried by a dodgy man shunned by the crowd.

The New York Times commented:

“The protests…blocked traffic on major streets downtown, disrupted business and tormented residents with incessant honking. But they were by and large nonviolent. Organizers inflated bouncy castles in the street, and people brought small children and dogs. DJs played music from a flatbed truck turned into a stage. At one point people soaked in a hot tub erected in front of the Parliament building.”

This was hardly a recipe for insurrection.

Barring Australia and China, during the pandemic Canada had some of the harshest restrictions in the world. Many citizens wanted government accountability and a public discussion about the rationale for the mandates. National Post reporter Rupa Subramanya, Bill Gates, Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley and Justin Trudeau weren’t alone being triple-vaxxed and still getting Covid. Based on hospitalizations, this was happening to a lot of Canadians who got the booster.

Allegations of property damage and arson

Trucker Freedom Convoy lawyer, Keith Wilson Q.C., reports that during the first week after the trucks arrived the trucks were vandalized.

Groups of Antifa were coming through at night in their black hoodies and backpacks and black jeans. And they would come when the truckers were sleeping and knife their tires and cut their air lines and spray paint the trucks. They would vandalize the trucks. So, each block had a block captain for that area of trucks. And they had a watch system so that when an Antifa person would show up, the trucker would grab them, call 9-1-1 and the police would come, arrest that guy and take him away. That would happen three instances in the night. Guess what the police chief would do the next day? He’d say ‘we had three arrests for property damage in the downtown core last night’ The arrests were Antifa, the 9-1-1 calls were from truckers.”

But Ottawa police left it to the media to infer the vandals, those responsible for “property damage,” were convoy protesters. But politicians and the press, hunting for any indication of violence on the part of the protests continued apace.

On the morning of February 6, Matias Munoz alleged two arsonists came to an apartment building at Metcalfe and Lisgar at 5 AM. with fire starter bricks into the lobby. He tweeted: “One of them taped the door handles so no one could get in or out” (including the arsonists).

According to the story, a tenant saw the arsonists lighting a fire in the lobby, asked if they were truckers. And then decided to go to bed without calling 911. Which is what you’d do if you knew you were in a building that was on fire.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson held an emergency meeting of city council condemning the “malicious intent” of the convoy protesters. “Yesterday we learned of a horrific story that clearly demonstrates the malicious intent of the protesters occupying our city.”

But the Ottawa Deputy Chief told the press on February 8, “We don’t have any direct linkage between the occupation — the demonstrators — and that act.” On March 21, Ottawa police confirmed the person charged with the February 6th arson had nothing to do with the convoy protest.

On April 8th, Rex Murphy reported:

This week, we found out that the attempt to burn down an apartment building in Ottawa, which was so widely and wildly heralded during the Freedom Convoy protest, had nothing to do with the truckers. Please let this sink in.

At the time, such was the volume of assumption, innuendo and outright allegation that everyone from Nanaimo, B.C., to Nain, N.L., formed the impression that this despicable action, an outrage by any standard, was the work of the truckers. Not true. False. Nothing to do at all with the protesters. It was allegedly the work of two Ottawa miscreants who were working alone.”

Crowdfunding

As the convoy protest continued, over 130,0000 individuals contributed to crowdfunding on GoFundMe. When this was shut down on February 4, donors gave to GiveSendGo. Funds raised for the truckers soon reached $12.7 million, plus several million more in cryptocurrencies. The average donation was $75.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s brother-in-law donated $13,000 dollars to the Convoy. When the media found out, Jodver Singh Dhaliwal said he “didn’t know what the Convoy was all about.” It would seem prudent for anyone giving a $13,000 donation to look into what the donation was in support of. But, never mind.

The CBC alleged on February 10 that donors to the crowdfunding efforts were largely Trump supporters and foreign racists meddling in Canadian domestic affairs. But, GoFundMe testified to the House of Commons Safety Committee on March 3 “Our records show that 88% of donated funds originated in Canada.” This was about 113,000 Canadians. CBC eventually retracted their story that donors were mostly foreign.

Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Former Newfoundland premier Brian Peckford was among those addressing the protesters. On February 12, Peckford told the Freedom Convoy he worked with the prime minister’s father and other Canadian premiers to enshrine the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The April 1982 charter that Peckford and his counterparts signed gave Canadian citizens these inalienable rights:

  • 2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: (including) c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and d) freedom of association.
  • 6. (1) Every citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in and leave Canada.
  • Every citizen of Canada and every person who has the status of a permanent resident of Canada has the right
    a) to move to and take up residence in any province; and
    b) to pursue the gaining of a livelihood in any province.
  • 7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived…

Truckers who drove by themselves to take essential supplies to keep the economy running had for two years not been spreading Covid. Yet, now were being deprived of their charter rights: of mobility, to remain in and leave Canada, and to pursue a livelihood. Peckford slammed the vaccine mandates as a violation of the Charter.

Legal Protest

Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland and other Liberal cabinet ministers, repeatedly referred to the convoy protest as “illegal.” But on February 7 Ontario Chief Justice McLean ruled the protest was legal. 

He wrote:

the defendents and other persons remain at liberty to engage in a peaceful, lawful and safe protest.”

Ottawa city councillor Dianne Deans said the protesters were terrorists. This is a nationwide insurrection.

Yet, Barry MacKillop, deputy-director of FINTRAC, the federal organization that goes after terrorism funds and criminal money-laundering, told the Commons finance committee that there was not a shred of illegal activity associated with the trucker convoy. The protests had nothing to do with domestic terrorism or money-laundering.

Calls for Dialogue

Several MPs with the Liberal Party disagreed publicly with the prime minister, advising the need for Trudeau to listen to citizens “legitimate concerns.” “It is time to stop dividing people, to stop pitting one part of the population against another,” said MP Joel Lightbound on February 8. Liberal MPs Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and Yves Robillard agreed with Lightbound.

While the protest continued, scientists and physicians present with the convoy wanted to have a discussion with politicians and Dr. Theresa Tam and Dr. Howard Njoo (Public Health Agency of Canada), and Dr. Shelley Deeks (chair of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization). For two years there was no public discussion, debate, or scrutiny REGARDING the veracity of the claims of politicians and public health officials about the Covid vaccines, mask mandates, lockdowns or social distancing. There was no media exposure to any dissenting or alternate opinion, no matter the credentials of those asking for accountability.

After two years of “we’ve got the science, so shut up,” protesters said back up your claims. But Tam, Njoo and Deeks, along with the prime minister and his cabinet, avoided all opportunities to conduct public or private discussions.

Racists, Misogynists

The media made much ado about a single protester sporting a Nazi swastika, and another masked man with a confederate flag. Justin Trudeau emerged from HIS COVID WITHDRAWAL from time to time to denounce the “racist, misogynist” protesters.

But on the ground others experienced things differently. Rupa Subramanya, reporting for the National Post and the Wall Street Journal is an Indo-Canadian. Throughout the protest, she was their daily visiting and interviewing people.

Subramanya said in an interview:

I wanted to go there and make up my own mind. The reality of these protesters, the truckers, starting from Day 1, is very different from the received narrative that was already in place – propaganda – because that is really what it amounted to. These people were a cross-section of Canadians. They were mostly working-class.

I encountered people of colour. I saw new immigrants. I saw children. I saw women. I saw the old, the young. Franco-Canadians, Anglo-Canadians. A lot of camaraderie. I spent three weeks at the protest every day, several times a day. I didn’t encounter a single racist, white supremacist, or even a misogynist.

These were some of the warmest, friendliest, people I’ve ever met in my life, two decades here, in Canada. It was quite unusual that my perspective as a person of colour who went into the protests was so different from the mainstream coverage. There was this total disconnect between what was being said and what I personally experienced.” Or as prime minister Justin Trudeau might have suggested, Rupa Subramanya “experienced things differently.”

When Asian-Canadian Doctor Daniel Nagase spoke from the stage he received nothing but applause. The same was the case for longtime Global TV news writer Indo-Canadian journalist Anita KrishnaDr. Julie Ponesse was another woman providing leadership, and speaking to a receptive crowd. Nonetheless, a completely different political and media depiction of the protesters saturated the news from Day 1. The fascist insurrection needed to be stopped to prevent a coup.

Who were these protesters?

Though the media framed the protest as “anti-vax,” Rupa Subramanya found most were vaccinated in the Ottawa crowd. Numbers had been infected with Covid and recovered. They wanted to know why natural immunity wasn’t accepted, for the first time in history, as part of a person’s medical history? The protesters also had fundamental questions about the erosion of Canadian democracy and infringement of charter rights.

Rupa Subramanya interviewed “Peter the trucker, who I spoke to very close to where I live (in downtown Ottawa). He pointed to my building and he said, you know, ‘I put the concrete stairs in that building.’”

The truckers were the people who delivered the food, delivered the hospital supplies, the oil and gas, construction materials for building, road and bridge upgrades and repairs, and botox to keep news anchors looking ten years younger on their daily newscasts. They’d delivered books from Amazon, and more for two years.

A downtown Ottawa data scientist named David lived on Kent Street, and saw the protesters “camped out below my bedroom window.” Interested to meet his new neighbors, David introduced himself. He walked to many of the protesters, including an indigenous man from Manitloulin Island who showed David his medicine wheel. 

On his blog, David concluded that night he’d “met someone from every province except PEI. They all have a deep love for this country. They believe in it. They believe in Canadians. These are the people that Canada relies on to build its infrastructure, deliver its goods, and fill the ranks of its military in times of war.

“The overwhelming concern they have is that the vaccine mandates are creating an untouchable class of Canadians…. They see their government willing to push a class of people outside the boundaries of society, deny them a livelihood, and deny them full membership in the most welcoming country in the world; And they said enough. Last night I learned my new neighbours are not a monstrous faceless occupying mob. They are our moral conscience reminding us…. We are not a country that makes an untouchable class out of our citizens.”

During the first week of the protest, news broke on February 2 raising concerns of many in the convoy that the lockdowns were nothing more than a government confidence game. That day the front page of the National Post ran with this headline: “Lockdowns only reduced COVID deaths by 0.2 per cent, John Hopkins study finds.”

Convoy and City of Ottawa Letters of Agreement

After February 8, Keith Wilson details how “there was a secret meeting between lawyers for the Convoy and City of Ottawa. The city wanted the trucks removed from the 5-way intersection near the Chateau Laurier. And the Convoy agreed to move the trucks.

Letters of agreement were signed and publicly released by the head of the Convoy, Tamara Lich, and Mayor Jim Watson. (This was) outlining a plan to move the trucks from downtown Ottawa side streets to a farm, and have people who wanted to protest be shuttled as pedestrians back to Parliament Hill. While Convoy leaders were moving trucks out of Ottawa Prime Minister Trudeau announced he was invoking the Emergency Act.

In an interview with Viva Frei, Wilson explained:

This was all in place by Friday, February 11 – Saturday, February 12. So, on Monday, February 14, the truckers started to move their trucks out of Ottawa. But not all the police were aware of this and so the police would stop them from moving the trucks out of the downtown core. However, after Convoy leaders got in touch with a Captain of the Ottawa police, they were able to get 40 trucks moved out of the downtown core to a farm. In Mayor Watson’s letter he acknowledged that moving the number of trucks the city wanted moved out of designated areas was a big operation that would take a number of days to accomplish. However, as the Convoy leaders were getting more trucks moved out of the downtown to de-escalate things, as the Mayor had requested, more Ottawa police kept stopping truckers from moving their trucks out of downtown Ottawa.”

Ottawa Police charged Tamara Lich with mischief for counseling truckers. Keith Wilson says:

“yes, she counseled truckers. She told truckers to move their trucks and open up emergency lanes in order to comply with the request of the City of Ottawa, and the Ottawa Police. They didn’t counsel any truckers to block a road. The word the Convoy leaders got from the Ottawa Police on Friday, February 11, to explain why they were stopping truckers from moving their trucks out of Ottawa, and off the side streets over to Wellington Street, was that they got their instructions to stop the trucks from moving from the Federal Government.”

Meanwhile, interim Ottawa Police chief Steve Bell told reporters “The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa is funded by the Ontario government and is empowered to seize children from families if necessary.” One trucker whose two teenagers were with him in his truck asked CBC reporter Joseph Tunney who was inferring his children were in danger said, “Are my children in danger for being in Ottawa? Is that what you’re saying to me? I have two teenagers here that are in my car. Are they in danger? Yes or no?”

Emergency Act

On the afternoon of Monday, February 14th, – Valentine’s Day – Justin Trudeau announced the invocation of the Emergency ActThe Emergency Act IS the successor to the War Measures Act.

The War Measures Act ceased to be in force the moment the Emergency Act was passed in parliament to replace it in July 1988. It was drafted by Perrin Beatty, Minister of Defense.

By the time Trudeau made his announcement, protests at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor had been cleared. While protests in Coutts (AB), Emerson (MB) and in the Pacific Highway Crossing (BC) were already in the process of being cleared by police using the legal powers they already had.

Yet, Justin Trudeau explained “It was only after we got advice from law enforcement that we invoked the Emergencies Act.” Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said, “We are listening to law enforcement. According to law enforcement we need the Emergencies Act.” 

But none of this was true. On May 11, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lecki told a joint Commons-Senate Committee, “No, there was never a question of requesting the Emergencies Act. We successfully used a measured approach and existing legislation to resolve (the) blockades.” Neither did the Ottawa Police or the Canadian Border Services Agency.

The National Post observed that:

The Ottawa Mayor, if requested by the chief of police, could invoke (municipal) Section 4 to prohibit public assemblies, or perhaps more simply just impose an overnight curfew in the downtown area, so police could fine and even detain anyone not in their residence. Emergency management, whether for public welfare or public order, starts at the lowest level of government before it — if necessary — escalates upwards. The prime minister shouldn’t be declaring a national emergency if the only result will be to prohibit assemblies or impose curfews. Having declared a municipal emergency the mayor of Ottawa can do so, and the question is, why hasn’t he?”

During a press conference on February 17, a Francophone reporter pointed out that Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino had been “insinuating for days” that weapons were being brought to Ottawa, or were in Ottawa with the convoy. Mendicino replied, “I am not saying that there is an intelligence saying there are weapons in Ottawa.”

At a March 24 House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety, Conservative MP Dane Lloyd pressed Ottawa Police Service (OPS) interim chief Steve Bell to confirm “Were loaded firearms (at the Freedom Convoy) found? Yes or no?” Bell replied, “In relation to—no, not relating to any charges to this point…at no point did we lay any firearms-related charges. ”

The Trucker Freedom Convoy protest of 2022 paled in comparison to the FLQ Crisis in October 1970. In 2022 there was no organized terrorist group. Acts of terrorism had not occurred. There were no bombs, no explosions. No one had been kidnapped and held for ransom. The convoy organizers urged an end to vaccine mandates and pandemic restrictions. Unlike 1970, no buildings were destroyed. No one had been killed. Contained in the February 14 invocation was the clear wording of the Emergency Proclamation confirming Canadians had the right to go to downtown Ottawa to protest.

Freezing Bank Accounts

As part of the passage of the Emergency Act, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that bank accounts, pension funds, mortgages, insurance, and other financial assets by protesters – and those who donated to their cause – would be frozen. Martha Durdin, CEO of the Canadian Credit Unions Association, confirmed in her March testimony before a Parliamentary committee that there was a run on the banks. This took place immediately after Freeland made her announcement that they were going to freeze people’s bank accounts for making small donations to the Convoy cause.

Convoy lawyer, Keith Wilson, told Viva Frei, “I have it from a very high source, that a) the banks realized what had happened when they saw how their customers reacted. Having people who don’t trust your institution…is bad for your business model. There were some people withdrawing millions of dollars from their accounts.

As well, big financial players in the investment community in the USA weighed in. They were asking if investing in Canada was now like investing in Venezuela or Cuba. “What just happened to Canada? I thought it had the rule of law. I thought  it had checks and balances.”

There was a phone call to the PMO from Wall Street which cautioned, “We are going to publicly distance ourselves from your actions. We are going to criticize your actions. You have 24 hours to reverse them.” So, Justin Trudeau held a press conference and said “circumstances have changed and now it’s time for Canada…”

By March 30, 2022, authorities had the bank accounts of 206 people frozen. Despite some reports in the press, Keith Wilson was not aware of any of the crowdfunding donors having their bank accounts frozen. Wilson said, “if someone in a retirement home in Lethbridge, Alberta, made a $50 donation because it was important to him, I think he’s just going to be fine.”

The implied threat by the Freeland to retroactively seize and freeze accounts of donors prior to invoking the Emergency Act on February 14, Keith Wilson claimed, was legal a non-starter.

The Freedom Convoy was a federally licensed non-profit organization. Media commentator Viva Frei remarked “The Convoy was never designated a terrorist organization. And you can’t just make it one – a terrorist organization – because you don’t like it.”

Cracking down on the Convoy

On February 18th, police cracked down on the peaceful protest and disbursed the crowd. The mainstream media in Canada showed viewers tension in the air, but not police beating, or swarming, protesters with batons or ends of rifles. All-Day footage showed protesters experienced things differently here, and here.

The Financial Times of London wrote an editorial titled “Canada’s Illiberal Response to Protesters.”

FT warned:

“Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s invocation of the Emergencies Act this week in response to the occupation was a step too far… The measures are designed to respond to insurrection, espionage and genuine threats to the Canadian constitution rather than peaceful protest, no matter how irritating and inconvenient. The right to such protest is fundamental to a free society.”

Wall Street Journal headline asked “Will Canadian Democracy Survive Justin Trudeau?: His father invoked emergency powers in 1970—but that was against terrorists, not peaceful protesters.”

WSJ wondered:

will Canada return to its peaceful, democratic roots? Or will this episode transform into something more sinister and undemocratic. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has certainly acted like a tinpot dictator. Mr. Trudeau refused to meet with Freedom Convoy organizers or protesters in Ottawa…the PM was nowhere to be seen. Instead of finding ways to diffuse this tense situation, Mr. Trudeau’s approach was to throw more gasoline on the fire. The absentee Prime Minister would infrequently grace the nation with his presence to mock and smear his opponents.”

In another editorial, the paper concluded “Government’s job is to maintain public order while respecting civil liberties. Canada has failed on both scores.”

The Economist editorialized that “a wise government would listen to them (Freedom Convoy protesters) and respond politely, taking their complaints seriously and patiently explaining why COVID restrictions, though onerous, are necessary for the time being.” But if you followed the mainstream news in Canada, seldom was heard a discouraging word.

Canada’s mainstream media gave Trudeau’s decision to invoke the Emergency Act two thumbs up. Perhaps it helped that 1,500 Canadian media outlets received a total of $61 million from the Trudeau Liberals before the fall 2021 election.

Emergency Act lifted

The Emergency Act was enforced by the Federal cabinet bringing the act into force on February 14. But both Parliament and the Senate had to pass the act. As senators debated the measure it looked like it was going to be defeated. 45 of 91 Senators debating the Emergency Act indicated they would vote no. More had yet to speak.

As well, all the provinces had to pass the act within 30 days. Seven premiers had cautioned Trudeau against invoking the Emergency Act.

On February 23, once 45 senators indicated they would vote no, only one was more needed to signal a no vote and embarrass the Liberals. While the senators were still speaking, a press conference was hurriedly called. Prime minister Trudeau announced the Emergency Act was lifted, and it was now a time for “healing.”

Brian Lilley described the 180-degree turn-of-events in the Toronto Sun: “Less than 24 hours after defending the need to keep all the emergency powers he had granted his own government, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped every single last one. Not just some of them. Not just the ban on taking minors into the area around Parliament Hill. He dropped all of them at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

It is mind-boggling…

The worst part of this whole ordeal though is the precedent Trudeau and his government have set with the politicization of the Emergencies Act. Declaring a national emergency over concerns about tow trucks and some ineffective local policing is a pretty low bar.”

The convoy protest unfolded while most lockdown, or semi-lockdown, measures remained in force across Canada. Citizens made meaning of what was happening in their own bubbles, watching their trusted news sources to frame the story. The Liberals and the media succeeded in stampeding a majority of Canadians into a state of agitation and disgust toward the protesters. At most the protest could be construed as civil disobedience.

But an Ontario judge had ruled the protest was legal. It was never an insurrection, or an occupation. The long history of civil unrest has numbers of other incidents, like the 78-day Mohawk blockade or the Mercier Bridge in 1990.

Even after September 11, when 26 Canadians died in the terrorist attacks in the USA, amidst great chaos and confusion, there was no invocation of the Emergency Act.

Mandatory Inquiry

In the United States, when the 9/11 Commission was impaneled, President George W. Bush declared the purpose of the inquiry was “to examine and report on the facts and causes relating to the September 11th terrorist attacks” and “make a full and complete accounting of the circumstances surrounding the attacks.”

However, it turned out the Bush White House didn’t actually want this at all.

Before the 9/11 Commission began its investigation, Executive Director Philip Zelikow drew up an outline of the final Report. Zelikow was the author of the paper justifying preemptive war in Iraq and neglecting Clinton White House briefings about al Qaeda in the transition to the Bush administration. Zelikow’s outline for chapter headings and sub-headings for the 9/11 Commission Report prescribed what narrative the inquiry would conclude.

During the course of the investigation, Zelikow decided who would speak before the commission, and whose testimony would be included or omitted from the Report. 9/11 victims’ families asked for Zelikow’s resignation.

The Trudeau government is mimicking the 9/11 Commission, viewed by many September 11th families as a cover-up. As required by law, an inquiry will report back to Parliament on February 20, 2023.

Trudeau has mandated Ontario appeals court judge Justice Paul Rouleau to focus on the actions of the Freedom Convoy protesters, rather than on holding the government accountable. Rouleau donated over half a million dollars to the federal Liberal Party between 1993 and 1997 alone. Rouleau’s instructions are:

(i) …to examine and report on the circumstances that led to the declaration of a public order emergency being issued by the federal government and the measures taken by the Governor in Council by means of the Emergency Measures Regulations and the Emergency Economic Measures Order for dealing with the public order emergency that was in effect from February 14 to 23, 2022;
(ii) to examine issues, to the extent relevant to the circumstances of the declaration and measures taken, with respect to
(A) the evolution and goals of the convoy and blockades, their leadership, organization and participants,
(B) the impact of domestic and foreign funding, including crowdsourcing platforms,
(C) the impact, role and sources of misinformation and disinformation, including the use of social media,
(D) the impact of the blockades, including their economic impact, and
(E) the efforts of police and other responders prior to and after the declaration…

The inquiry into the freedom convoy protest omits investigating the Trudeau government for its response to the protest. There is no requirement to scrutinize the choice not to meet with convoy leaders. No mandate to scrutinize the prime minister’s rhetoric about the working-class protest.

No scrutiny about the merits of suddenly requiring vaccination for truckers crossing the U.S.-Canada border. No scrutiny into how the prime minster’s own rhetoric may have been a catalyst for the protest itself. There is no instruction to Justice Rouleau to access the necessity to invoke the Emergency Act.

What’s left of the Canadian Left

In the midst of the freedom convoy protest, where was the Canadian Left? From the 1900s, the coming together of workers in a powerful way in order to demand greater rights, including the right to work, has been seen as a positive thing by the Left. Historically, whether it was the Dominion Labor Party, United Farmers of Alberta, Progressive, CCF, or the NDP, all have supported working-class strikes and protests of almost any kind.

But the face of the Left in 2022 is NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, egging on Trudeau to pass the Emergency Act.

It fell to former NDP MP Svend Robinson, who served as NDP’s Justice Critic when the Emergency Act was passed to replace the War Measures Act, to comment two days after Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergency Act,

I was in the House during 1988 debate on the Act, when we were promised that “emergency powers can only be used when the situation is so drastic that no other law of Canada can deal with the situation.” That test has not been met. The NDP can stop this. Will they?”

Yet this view wasn’t echoed by a single sitting member of the NDP parliamentary caucus in 2022.

In October 1970, NDP leader Tommy Douglas, while agreeing that the FLQ kidnapping was serious, told parliament the federal government had the option:

to deal with it (FLQ Crisis) under the powers which it now has under the laws of Canada…There are very considerable powers there. I think the government deserves some criticism because some of those sections have not been used.”

The same could be said for the considerable powers the federal government had at its disposal, in the Criminal Code, in February 2022. Yet, Jagmeet Singh endorsed invoking the Emergency Act before it was debated, before it was declared. Singh was part of the hysteria, warning Canadians about sedition, and a coup. Meanwhile protesters played hockey, gave food to the homeless, danced to the Macarena, and honked horns, and sang O Canada.

The Freedom Convoy protest reveals a growing class divide in Canada. This is accompanied by a huge disconnect between the Left and the working-class. When a real insurrection comes along, I’ll rush to my laptop and pen a call for patriots across our nation to “stand on guard for thee.”

Meanwhile, I’m waiting for our political establishment to reacquaint themselves with the meaning of words like inclusion, listening, tolerance, autonomy, mobility, accountability, and liberty. And why they still matter.

What is the future of civil disobedience, of protest, of liberty in Canada?

The Freedom Convoy has been framed as sedition, insurrection, a cause for the Emergency Act. What excuse will future governments cook up?

The convoy protests of 2022 has revealed, especially for the working class, not so much the fact of liberal democracy but the myth of liberal democracy. The mainstream narrative about the protest is a case study of how, through the clever and careful use of language, politicians and the media can manipulate the emotions of citizens, influencing their perceptions and actions.

The truckers for two years were lauded as heroes, but media spin and political ridicule turned them into enemies, “mercenaries.” The story we’ve been told about the truckers must not stand. In May 2022, 5 to 6 million Canadians are unvaccinated. Accepting the media spin about the trucker convoy as history ensures another group of people will be shown the door as Canada morphs into a society, based on who is “in” and who is “out.”

Ray McGinnis is the author of “Unanswered Questions: What the September Eleventh Families Asked and the 9/11 Commission Ignored”.

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Ray
Ray
Jun 5, 2022 10:16 PM

Trudeau’s hard line requiring vaccination by September 2021, was a reversal from his views in May 2021:
“What do you do with someone with an allergy? What do you do with someone who’s immunocompromised, or someone who for religious reasons or deep convictions, decided that no, they’re not going to get a vaccine? We’re not a country that makes vaccination mandatory.”
~ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, May 9, 2021

Richard Courtemanche
Richard Courtemanche
Jun 4, 2022 2:26 AM

In Trudeau, there’s Judas re-incarnated.

Ray
Ray
Jun 3, 2022 6:09 AM

On June 2nd, Peter Sloly, the former Ottawa Police Chief who resigned just after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act in Canada, testified before a Parliamentary committee in Ottawa that he did not ask the Liberal government for invocation of the emergencies act to clear the city’s streets. “I did not make that request, I’m not aware of anybody else in the Ottawa Police Service who did.” Though the Prime Minister has insisted he invoked the Act in response to a request(s) from policing officials, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lecki, Interim Ottawa Police Chief Steve Bell and now former police chief Sloly have all told parliamentarians they made no request to the Prime Minister. Same with the Canada Border Services.  

Leo
Leo
Jun 2, 2022 6:30 PM

Like it or not this is yet another well researched and written article by Mr. McGinnis

Alice
Alice
Jun 2, 2022 1:26 AM

A lot of research encapsulating a troubling list of accusations without foundation

Ray
Ray
Jun 1, 2022 5:07 PM

ScotiaBank is the first of the big five Canadian banks to apologize to its customers who were part of the freedom convoy protest in Ottawa. In response to a February 20, 2022, email from one of the freedom convoy leaders, Benjamin Dichter, ScotiaBank CEO Brian J. Porter wrote a reply on March 3rd. Porter wrote “Please accept our sincere apologies for the frustration and inconvenience this situation may have caused and thank you for your patience while we prepared our response.” The president of ScotiaBank stated that an RCMP “notification” was the impetus for what happened to Dichter and hundreds of others.“We can confirm that financial institutions acted quickly to unfreeze accounts after the RCMP notified us that it believes that individuals and entities previously identified are no longer engaged in conduct or activities prohibited under the Emergency Measures Regulations.” Porter stated ScotiaBank worked “quickly to unfreeze the accounts,” while appearing to laying the blame for the decision to freeze them in the first place at the feet of the RCMP. Dichter told radio shot host Marc Patrone (who reported this story on SAUGA AM 960 in Toronto on May 30, 2022) “My interpretation of their response is, ‘we do not want to do this. As soon as they allowed us to, give you access to your account, we did so immediately. It wasn’t our choice,’” Dichter said.

Joe
Joe
May 28, 2022 4:27 AM

The true historical left has always been the biggest threat to the capitalist state, which is likely why they seem to have put the most resources into crushing communism and associated movements. My heart breaks at the fact that the right has become the de-facto home for dissenters to the tyranny of the past two years.

John Stephenson
John Stephenson
May 26, 2022 2:00 PM

Great article, whose writer is the sort of Leftist I can respect as a new Canadian whose political roots are a curious mixture of Old Labour and Old Tory in the UK. Our politics needs to address the disfranchisement of the working class.

exiled off mainstreet
exiled off mainstreet
May 27, 2022 2:40 AM

The article is very well done. It exposes Trudeau and Freeland as stinking piles of noisome excrement and criminals who have declared war on the Canadian people with their demand contrary to the Nuremberg Protocol that people submit to a proven poisonous injection. As for Singh, I suspected him when he was put in, and the NDP, formerly my party, has totally jumped the shark and become a handmaiden for a fascist regime labellling themselves “liberal.” People actually following the thing saw that Trudeau’s 180 on the emergency enabling act (Ermaechtigungsgesetz to use the precedent, the Nazi regime’s reaction to the Reichstag fire) was due to the fact it was toast in the Senate. Meanwhile, in postwar West Germany, all parties which had supported the 1933 ermaechtigungsgesetz (all but the SPD and KPD) were tainted by that fact.
I think the NDP is damaged goods, will never support it again, and feel that it needs to be replaced by a party which actually represents its members rather than representing James Bond type villains such as Soros or Davis king Klaus Schwab.
My next question is how can anybody go to war on behalf of a government with a proven record of war against its own people. Freeland’s connection to Ukrainian fascists is a disgrace as is Canada’s role in the present Ukrainian debacle.

John McClain
John McClain
May 26, 2022 11:25 AM

I would probably be classified as “conservative” for all my opinions public since the 70’s and my coming of age, but in all my actions taken since becoming an adult in 1975, I would have to be measured as a “liberal”, given my support for minorities, indigenous people, the right to protest, literally in every way and event.
From the start of the “Great Trucker Protest” I saw nothing of “liberal perspective” in any government act, statement, or plan, only the onerous imposition of “government power” over any and all dissent.
I took my liberal stance from the solidarity I had with Blacks, protesting in Chicago, growing up, and seeing their plight as true, real, and against government, not “individuals”, no sign of “white supremacy” in all my years, outside of government action.
I am sixty five, served two decades a marine, went to the Gulf twice, and have never seen one bit of “liberal principle” exhibited by any government, at any time. Regardless of the situation, every government action has been exclusively for “defending it’s own fiefdom”, and always against each and every “individual, person or group perspective”, while parading the utterly ridiculous suggestion of “supporting freedom” while locking people up or down.
I have utterly zero respect for any liberal organization, dating back to the late sixties, as each and every one, has attacked those it supposedly supported, the moment media attention turns away.
If you want “a liberal outcome” you’d better hang with the conservatives, because they alone, have any concern for “individual rights”. John McClain, GySgt, USMC, ret.

L Garou
L Garou
May 26, 2022 7:42 AM

I can name that tune in 3 words and 1 aka.
Neo-Progressivism (aka) Human Devolution.

willem
willem
May 25, 2022 9:28 PM

One thing I have not yet seen reporting on is whether or not the threats against protest participants was followed through on. Did participants get sanctioned, lose benefits, insurance coverage, bank accounts, etc.? Has any wide-ranging legal action been taken against anyone other than perhaps the “leaders”?

Torontonian
Torontonian
May 26, 2022 5:35 PM
Reply to  willem

Yes some were sanctioned by employers and their communities. Interesting that your criteria listed didn’t include , rights to protest or speak, rights to travel. Any limitation of the rights and freedoms outlined in the article is a sanction on any of us that support the intention and actions of the Freedom Convoy. To this day the govt is claiming that the right to be honoured with an award and then providing a speech is a violation of Tamara Lich’s bail requirements. It was declared not so by a level headed (ie non-Liberal appointed) judge.
Re-read the article to understand just how draconian and definately not democratic in any form of rule of law Trudeau’s actions were.
And the final piece of evidence is that we taxpayers are paying for a shame “commission” run by someone who has given half a million dollars to Trudeaus govt for re-election.
Does that show any evidence of a Country that has any true legal compass let alone moral one?

Human values
Human values
May 25, 2022 9:55 AM

Liberalism doesn’t mean anything when it turned into economic liberalism. Money isn’t real. It is made up by those who stole the common land and made it their own property. And they started to make us pay for the right to live on their property. That’s what money is for.

Economic liberalism has no respect for anything else but money.

Worship of money is their religion. It is their politics and their ideologies.

Classical liberalism offered some beautiful ideas that economic liberalism used for its profit.

When money is valued, thieves and robbers are valued. And murderers. Those who kill for money earn the biggest profits.  

Pig Swill
Pig Swill
May 25, 2022 11:29 AM
Reply to  Human values

It’s all just a slicker more technologized version of the age old caveman tussle for food, land and power. It will never, ever stop.

Daniel Martin
Daniel Martin
May 26, 2022 4:24 AM
Reply to  Human values

Genuine curiosity here – I see you’re rejecting the idea of property or maybe I am misinterpreting you, apologies if so. However, the peaceful hippie camp has no claim to defend their territory or resources against outside interests if that land is all of ours. How could you keep your land if another tribe claims they need it more to survive, that would be selfish. A third party may have to determine who has the morally just claim to those resources if you don’t agree with their claim. That’s government aka priesthood aka oligarchy aka rulers aka thieves etc. We are now back to square one in this summation of human history. I sympathize with the issues you raised with money and rulers in general though. I just don’t see how you can prevent those in any society that isn’t anarchy. I’m fine with anarchy personally, but not sure most people want that.

Mr. Gold
Mr. Gold
May 26, 2022 6:47 AM
Reply to  Daniel Martin

You, and everyone else, does want anarchy, they just don’t realise it yet. An (no) archy (ruler) is the literal meaning. It means elimination of concentrated power with its hundreds of millions of murders (see R.J. Rummel’s Death By Government). It means freeing up the world wide price discovery machine to provide us all the well known benefit of wealth (wellness) provided by freedom.

Human values
Human values
May 25, 2022 9:35 AM

Canadian leader, convoy leaders… that’s exactly the problem. Whenever there are leaders, there is no equality. When there is no equality, there is no justice. Without justice there is no freedom. Without freedom there is only slavery.

Politicians used to call themselves ”representatives” of the people. Then they started to call themselves ”leaders”. Whenever there are leaders, there needs to be those who are led.  

MaryLS
MaryLS
May 25, 2022 4:13 AM

Wonderful overview. What an outrageous violation of people’s rights. The Trudeau tyranny in Canada continues.

Lost in a dark wood
Lost in a dark wood
May 24, 2022 8:48 PM

h/t John Ervin

Love Me, I’m a Liberal · Phil Ochs

Sideshow
Sideshow
May 24, 2022 4:52 PM

Quiet strange dont ya think.? that the media even the so called alternative has concentrated all this energy on Canada when Italy – Germany and other E.U Country’s had it just as hard or harder.
Even the U.K was full scale hell.
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wardropper
wardropper
May 24, 2022 5:48 PM
Reply to  Sideshow

Unfortunately, they get into office whether or not we ‘elect’ them…
Nobody in their right mind would vote for the stark raving mad specimens who control everything today, yet there they sit.
Obviously something other than elections put them there.

Why should we even trust the vote counters?
Do we know who offered them the job?
Do we know whether they have any basic mathematic skills?
Do we know whether they are easily bribed?

They are as mysterious as the outrageous statements our ‘representatives’ make on TV news every single day.
Beyond rational comprehension.

Blind Gill
Blind Gill
May 24, 2022 9:58 PM
Reply to  Sideshow

They are selected not elected.

Just Me
Just Me
May 24, 2022 11:04 PM
Reply to  Blind Gill

Nicely said

Thom1111
Thom1111
May 25, 2022 6:57 AM
Reply to  Blind Gill

Call collected

El Zafio
El Zafio
May 24, 2022 4:05 PM

Just a nod in that general direction Ray, that’s all you needed to do. Next time, perhaps.

There is no virus.

Tom Larsen
Tom Larsen
May 24, 2022 6:42 PM
Reply to  El Zafio

Kinda like a woman accused of witchcraft tied to a stake, flames crackling, pointing out to her accusers that God doesn’t exist…

Freecus
Freecus
May 24, 2022 2:07 PM

Most of the resistance still see the last two years only as a gross over-reaction by their elected governments to a virus of either a zoonotic or lab origin, this is the accepted global Overton window.
We must have the courage to face the possibility that this has been a mind-virus from the start, a global psyop. Just being open to this third possibility will greatly assist the resistance in reaching the required critical-mass that will free those trapped within the mass formation spell.
In other words, what has been perpetrated against the world population is much worse than is being currently discussed within the majority of the resistance, we need to push gently through this mind-barrier to be successful in reaching a critical-mass.

GundelP
GundelP
May 24, 2022 2:45 PM
Reply to  Freecus

It was a global psyop. Sars-Cov2 never was isolated, it does not exist. “But… but… but what about the other viral illnesses?”
Can this documentary help to give that little push? It includes well known ‘viral’ illnesses, too like polio, small pox, etc.

https://truthcomestolight.com/the-viral-delusion-2022-docu-series-the-tragic-pseudoscience-of-sars-cov2-the-madness-of-modern-virology/

This is a summary, explanation why they wanted to ‘vaccinate’ so desperately even the toddlers, anyone can check it easily – if one dares… on my part I used an OLD android phone, new are ok but with the app. Bluetooth scanner. Do you need proof it was a con for vaccinating the world for control? Here:

https://www.brighteon.com/470607bc-7d99-4d87-9f97-3dc7a9a564a4

Paul Vonharnish
Paul Vonharnish
May 24, 2022 1:55 PM

Erm… Canada. New Zealand. Australia. United Kingdom… Anyone notice where the most egregious failures of democracy exist? Erm… Must just be coincidence…

Torontonian
Torontonian
May 26, 2022 5:38 PM

There isn’t a day when I don’t wish parliamentary democracies with a strong federal centre didnt exist. There are no coincidences. Long live the Republic!

Kalen
Kalen
May 24, 2022 1:16 PM

Off topic:

After last kindergartner figured it out finally Ursula van der Leyen, president of European Council figured out by herself that anti Russia sanctions utterly failed.

from MSNBC Mika Brzezinski interview via RT:

If we immediately cut – as of today – off the oil, he [Putin] might be able to take the oil that he does not sell to the European Union to the world market, where the prices will increase, and sell it for more, and fill his war chest,” von der Leyen explained.

now it’s clear why kindergarteners are smarter than EU warmongers like van der Leyen. The kindergarteners can do simple math.

When oil supplies are limited and prices are going up Putin can sell oil today, tomorrow or a year or five from now to anyone at world market nearly uniform spot price regardless weather EU cancels orders or not.

They will always have to pay OPEC+Russia prices forever. Even self instigated recession and collapse of western demand won’t help as OPEC+ will simply adjust quotas lower. EU is in hopeless situation and would have to pay enriching not only Putin War chest but chests of all big oil internationals and global smugglers. Today several millions of Russian barrels are smuggled under guise of Kazakh crude mix loaded on western ships from Russian port in Black sea under escort of friendly Russian Navy to Mediterranean.

Since they, EU and US that still are importing Russian crude oil, are forced to pay in PetroRubles (Sankt Petersburg crude oil benchmark ) it collapses Euro and dollar FX rates vs Ruble allowing Russians to buy everything cheaper in Rubles via the same procedure which is in fact welcome as Ruble now is backed by oil and won’t lose value.

Sanctions on 150,000,000 of Russian and Belarusian consumers already collapsed dollar on internal Russian FX market trading below 40 per dollar and going lower because Russians cannot buy anything with their dollar savings (official 58 vs 85 in February).

It would be enough if China demands the same scheme of paying in Renminbi (reverse PetroYuan Saudi Arabia already agreed) and the USD world domination would be over.

The problem is that they won’t do it as it would decimate their $3.5 Trillions in FX dollar reserve and strengthen Yuan to levels that would suppress their industrial production and exports. On the other hand dramatically would increase Chinese and Russian foreign investments in Africa, Asia and South America. Europe would enter dark ages of backwardness.

Van der Leyen predictions of Russian currency and economic collapse from February turned out to be wrong as everything else she uttered since as it did not cross her mind that three months later chief of Russian central bank warned of significant loss of competitiveness of Russian export industry as Ruble raised too much to fast unfortunately central bankers cannot do nothing as their dollar euro accounts are frozen preventing monetary intervention namely buying dollars.

Finaly after century of domination, dollar hegemony is close to the end sooner than many predicted as dedollarization only started in 2017.

Wisenox
Wisenox
May 24, 2022 12:50 PM

Monkeypox was preplanned.  This notice was posted by the FDA on 6/28/2001:
“FDA has approved for marketing the human biologic product Smallpox and Monkeypox Vaccine, Live (Modified Vaccinia Ankara)… Subsequent to this approval, the USPTO received a patent term restoration application for Smallpox and Monkeypox Vaccine, Live (U.S. Patent No. 7,335,364) from Bavarian Nordic A/S, and the USPTO requested FDA’s assistance in determining this patent’s eligibility for patent term restoration…
In a letter dated July 14, 2020, FDA advised the USPTO that this human biological product had undergone a regulatory review period and that the approval of Smallpox and Monkeypox Vaccine, Live represented the first permitted commercial marketing or use of the product.”
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/06/28/2021-13686/determination-of-regulatory-review-period-for-purposes-of-patent-extension-smallpox-and-monkeypox

rraa
rraa
May 24, 2022 12:07 PM

Canada has always been something of a police state. Just that for its first hundred years there were enough resources to burn through and spread around the wealth a bit so that nobody noticed.
Indigenous peoples were always treated horribly. Now the leaders of various tribes are co-opted by the government to hand over all remaining mineral rights.
All this nonsense with writing in ten different native languages on the preface of government docs and the obligatory statement acknowledging that such and such festival or event is taking place on such and such native land is also window dressing to distract from the mineral grab. Any honest Indigenous person, e.g. Jody Wilson Raybould is quickly sidelined.
The only real freedom was the freedom to consume and buy what you want and for a while in the 50s-80s, even the (hard) working classes could afford to live decent lifestyles.
The media has always been very concentrated and historically Canada has had one of the highest rates of corporate concentration in the world.
But there has been a high price to pay for all that clearcutting, strip mining and tar sands operations and it is being paid now.

Johnny
Johnny
May 24, 2022 12:46 PM
Reply to  rraa

Sounds just like Australia rraa, only warmer. And more barren.

Torontonian
Torontonian
May 26, 2022 5:44 PM
Reply to  rraa

Perfectly stated– agree– which is why I am hearing many conversations from 50 yrs plus crowd about leaving Canada. In 2020 the out migration was at the same level as 1970– the lowest in recorded history. And of course moving money out of Canada is being done by the other half that may not physically leave. Great example in the piece and I chuckled when I read that Wall Street called up and said heh what are you doing up there? Like we are seeing with Kissinger’s speech at WEF (sic) when moneyed interests get threatened they gently (at first) tug on the string to remind those (Freehand-Nazi family) who actually runs things.

In Kissinger’s case he represents the Rothchilds and the Rockefellers. “Elensky” has less than 2 months to surrender– maybe less. Watch to see what starts to come out about him , His “habits’ etc. It will be eerily similiar to the stuff coming out about Bidens son– pressure, pressure pressure.

Edwige
Edwige
May 24, 2022 12:04 PM

The ruble hasn’t been this high against the dollar for twenty years.

Take that, Putler!

script
script
May 24, 2022 2:09 PM
Reply to  Edwige

Inverted manifestation ritual –

Coordinated doublespeak Headlines from back in Feb: USA – U.K – E.U.

  • Daily Express – The price we must pay to defeat Putin.
  • If we don’t confront Putin now there will be a heavier price to pay …yahoo
  • We all must pay the price to stand up to Putin. las vegas sun
  • The price Vladimir Putin will pay – CNN
  • There’s a price to pay’ for Putin’s actions -Pelosi
  • Biden says Putin ‘will pay a price’
  • What Price Will Putin Pay for a Ukraine Invasion? uphill
  • The West Can Beat Putin by Squeezing His Oligarchs – the daily beast
  • Scholz says Russia will pay bitter price for “Putin’s war” quora
  • How the world can make Putin pay for invading Ukraine msm

The Price We Pay a 2022 film.

predictive
predictive
May 24, 2022 11:49 AM

For those of us who were alive during the gas shortage in the 70s there are a few of us who actually worked in the gas station business and we know what really happened and that there was no shortage of gasoline in fact it was exactly the opposite and all of the storage tanks were at 100% capacity and there were hundreds of tankers sitting offshore that had no where to drop there oil to be refined because there was no storage available anywhere in the United States to put it if it was refined.
What the oil companies wanted was twofold first they wanted to double the cost of gasoline second most of the gas stations were privately owned businesses that usually were repair shops that also sold gasoline and they would buy from either the cheapest or some of them did have allegiance to one specific company and they would all get the product on spec meaning they would get a delivery of gasoline and have 30 days to pay for it which at that time the cost of a delivery was about $2,000 a truck load.
Most of these places did not have much money on hand and in the beginning when the companies cut them off and said you have to pay cash on delivery before we drop your load they were able to pay but as the oil companies raise the price and they had to raise the price they wound up having to pay more than what they had sold the previous load for for the next load and very quickly the companies ran out of money so they didn’t have any gasoline but I worked at a station where the guy had a lot of cash and our station had lines stretching 5 mi because we were never out of gasoline.
At the end of the crisis when Jimmy Carter basically told the oil companies he was going to stop them and it wasn’t going to be pretty and they had sunk almost all of the gas stations by that point and they began building their own company stations with the mini marts which is what we have today but at the end the price of gasoline was $10,000 a load and I remember the owner of the station three times a day coming with a briefcase with $10,000 in cash and giving it to the driver of the truck and him putting it in the safe in the truck and delivering the load and both the driver of the truck and the owner of the station were carrying handguns openly because they were a big Target and this was back when minimum wage was a 1.60 hr.
Interestingly enough the oil companies are talking about doing the exact same thing only now a delivery is $60,000 per truck load and the only way they will deliver is if you transfer from your bank account to their account by wire transfer and most companies don’t have $60,000 in the account and if you try to put more than $8,000 into an account that you cannot immediately account for with your sales records the government will come down on you like a ton of bricks so the oil companies are doing the exact same thing that they did in the seventies and they are doubling the price of gasoline and I would expect it to see close to $7 before the end of this and it will stay there and about a month ago the head of Exxon Mobil was on CNBC and he said they had seen the largest single day profit in US history of 180 billion dollars a day and then it had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the price of gas has gone up buy $2 a gallon.
The two things have absolutely nothing to do with each other and it’s simply a coincidence that they raise the price of gas $2 a gallon and now they’re seeing almost $200 billion dollars a day in profit above what they were seeing before
Total coincidence.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

posted last week by ocsrc

mgeo
mgeo
May 25, 2022 12:26 PM
Reply to  predictive

+1

G.Strebel
G.Strebel
May 28, 2022 5:30 PM
Reply to  predictive

U.S. consumption of gasoline is on the order of 8.7 million barrels per day. At 42 US Gallons per barrel, this equals approximately 365 Million gallons per day. Exxon Mobil sells a good fraction of this total but no where near enough to generate $180 Billion in profit in one day. For example, if we assume that the average price is $5/gal and that $3 is profit (a very generous assumption) and 100 Million gallons in sales by Exxon Mobil, we get an estimate of $300 Million per day.
Without looking more deeply into the actual numbers, I would guess that you have Millions confused with Billions.
By the way, $180 Billion times 365 days gives $65.7 Trillion whereas US GDP in 2021 was $20.5 Trillion. GDP is the total value of all goods and services, it includes total petroleum sales. That is a further indication that your numbers are incorrect.
I hope the earlier part of your story is more reliable.

JAcques
JAcques
May 24, 2022 10:00 AM

I don’t find it surprising that Canada has pretty much gone full-tilt totalitarian. My impression has always been that the much-touted Canadian liberalism, inclusiveness, tolerance, all that shit worked only insofar as one was liberal, inclusive, tolerant, and so on the same way as everybody else. Anybody who dares be different is promptly excluded, ostracized, ignored to oblivion. I can’t think of more conventional place in the world than Canada, perhaps with the exception of England, which I find to be one phantasmagorical place, at least the areas I visited (maybe it’s not so bad, but I didn’t stick around long enough to find out).

Beats me why the author expect ANYTHING of substance from Turdo. What the fuck is he thinking? Fidel Junior’s only qualification for anything is that he was born with a silver spoon up his ass and managed to get himself elected into office thanks to that. He has no life experience, no achievements, nothing, zero, nada, rien. He’s an empty vessel par excellence. Totally forgettable. If it wasn’t for the aforementioned election of his ass into office and fucking up everything in there he lays his hands on, the gnome of a human being Turdo is would be impossible to even notice.

The Freedom Convoy was a heartwarming experience that to a significant extent diminished my disgust with so many of my fellow Canadians and their complacency, servility, and obedience.

Canada aside, it’s obvious that 20th century liberalism is dead. It’s morphed into woke totalitarianism, regardless of whether it’s been a natural process or whether it’s been hijacked. Be that as it may, the world is entering a new era and whining that thing ain’t what they used to be or trying the fix the irreparable will get us nowhere.

Blind Gill
Blind Gill
May 24, 2022 10:20 PM
Reply to  JAcques

I recall Bill Hicks calling Britain a socialist nightmare and laughing at the yank not knowing what he’s talking about.

My naivety was…is an embarrassment to me.

MaryLS
MaryLS
May 25, 2022 4:21 AM
Reply to  JAcques

Lot of truth there. I moved to Canada many years ago. I used to love it. Now I see how pervasive is the smug ” Liberal” intolerance. Canada is exactly the kind of place where fascism can thrive. The treatment of the trucker protectors, and Canadian’s willingness to overlook the illegal action of their government is clear evidence.

Ort
Ort
May 25, 2022 9:08 PM
Reply to  MaryLS

I’m not really a hockey fan, but during my misspent youth I rooted for the Philadelphia Flyers during their glory years.

I admired “O Canada”– I thought it was way classier than Kate Smith’s signature rendering of “God Bless America”, which the Flyers adopted, not to mention the abominable warmongering repurposed saloon tune “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

Apparently God didn’t keep your land glorious and free after all, though, God knows why. Sigh…

Torontonian
Torontonian
May 26, 2022 5:53 PM
Reply to  Ort

???? has the fat lady sung? Did I miss it? 🙄

Ort
Ort
May 26, 2022 7:54 PM
Reply to  Torontonian

Alas! The fat lady shall sing no more; she is cancelled. I presume you’re not aware that Kate Smith, or at least her legacy, was hastily hijacked and thrown down the Memory Hole– a virtue-signaling sacrifice ritual– after someone dug out her history of singing two “racist” songs back in the 1930s.

Here’s a link with the details: https://www.bardown.com/philly-removes-statue-of-famous-god-bless-america-singer-kate-smith-after-controversy-arises-1.1296602

I started to post the titles of the two songs– which are indeed cringeworthy examples of unreconstructed racial prejudice, but were sung in then-respectable venues: a Hollywood movie and a record that became a hit. 

I decided not to post the titles because the vaunted Spam Filter might gag on the taboo terms and indefinitely sequester this reply.

Torontonian
Torontonian
May 26, 2022 5:52 PM
Reply to  MaryLS

Yes there is a smug liberal intolerance but remember it is a very young country– Israel, Ukraine and a handful more are younger. Not much if any legal, cultural or historical precedence or roots. Thank you Britain. BTW citizen willingness to overlook the illegal action of their govts is not a unique criticism– name one country’s citizens that doesn’t.

Vlad
Vlad
May 26, 2022 8:42 PM
Reply to  JAcques

Too bad the little Ukro-Nazi lover didn’t get hit by a Kinzhal while in Ukraine.

sasquatch
sasquatch
Jun 9, 2022 11:52 PM
Reply to  Vlad

That was all just a green screen event in Poland. The Banderistas are on the run.

Prometheist 2.0

Edwige
Edwige
May 24, 2022 9:07 AM

Another one of those media proclamations about something that isn’t a “maybe” or a “perhaps” but “is coming”:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-05-22/summer-blackouts-bring-deadly-risk-as-heatwaves-grip-the-globe?sref=3ZPWSuyv

A heatwave combined with power cuts would be a very effective kill-off strategy – and the alibis that advance other agendas (Ukraine, climate) are obviously in place. An ensuing drought would then have further health and nutrition consequences. The ducks look all lined up for this one, the only real question is when and where.

NameWithheld
NameWithheld
May 24, 2022 3:19 PM
Reply to  Edwige

amusing publishing times on the article:

ByDan Murtaugh, Rajesh Kumar Singh, and Naureen S Malik
22 May 2022, 21:00 WESTUpdated on23 May 2022, 15:04 WEST

NameWithheld
NameWithheld
May 24, 2022 3:23 PM
Reply to  Edwige

amusing publishing times on the article:

ByDan Murtaugh, Rajesh Kumar Singh, and Naureen S Malik
22 May 2022, 21:00 WESTUpdated on23 May 2022, 15:04 WEST

22/5/2022:21:00 -> 18 -> 6+6+6

NickM
NickM
May 24, 2022 8:15 AM

Admirable persistence. Keep up the good work while I cheer from the sidelines. This is a battle against mind control masquerading as hygiene, like the battle against mandatory genital mutilation by certain religious sects.

“They also serve who only stand and cheer” — Milton, who served the Puritan Revolution as propagandist while Cromwell’s Ironsides did the heavy ironing.

New Name
New Name
May 24, 2022 8:00 AM

Castreau

Castreau is an obnoxious tentacle of the bankster led world government like so many others.

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
May 24, 2022 7:32 AM

We have to be very careful of words these days. George Orwell wrote quite a bit of material about the use and abuse of language in politics (not just “1984” — that’s the Cliff Notes version wrapped up in a fictional tale) and we’d all be well advised to read his essays. The problem I have with words like ‘freedom’ and ‘liberal’ is that they’re concepts that are interpreted differently by people so conversations involving them are meaningless without the terms being defined exactly. The trucker’s convoy, for example, is a grass roots protest about curtailed freedoms, especially the freedom to traverse the border between the US and Canada. Just this one event opens up a huge semantic can of worms, though. Truckers sound like bastions of individual freedom but the reality is that they are for the most part not free at all; their world is tied to making payments on their vehicles (the truckers who would be free to demonstrate would be owner/operators), a situation that doesn’t give them the luxury of taking vacations, much less tying up a valuable asset for weeks clogging up a city. (Trucking sucks as a career which is why the US is currently experiencing a serious shortage of drivers…..like a lot of corporations their employers have tended to turn the screw that little bit too tight in the search for maximum profit.) This raises the question of who’s paying and how. Following the ‘who benefits’ trail suggests that, like similar ostensibly grass roots protests in the past, they’re actually working on behalf of the very people the participants are complaining about. (The people involved may not be aware of this — vide. the Tea Party, the stereotypical Astroturf organization.)

We are currently culturally so messed up that it is very difficult to tell what’s really going on from the surface. I think — at least I am hopeful — that people will gradually figure out that what they’re told 24/7/365 isn’t necessarily true and how words are used to shape both discourse and ideas. If they don’t then they’re in for a very rough ride as their everyday experience collides with everything that’s been drummed into them from childhood.

Hele
Hele
May 24, 2022 7:11 AM

We, the unvaccinated Canadians citizens, are prisoners in our country.We cannot travel in or out of the country, by plane or train.
Jagmeet Singh is a fucking psycho-he said this recently:https://www.bcrise.com/national-news/watch-jagmeet-singh-wants-mandatory-vaxx-and-consequences-for-those-who-are-not-medically-able-or-people-that-dont-conform/
And he is WEF.

New Name
New Name
May 24, 2022 8:01 AM
Reply to  Hele

There are so many of these evil swine across the globe.

Edwige
Edwige
May 24, 2022 8:13 AM
Reply to  Hele

Klaus Schwab is on record boasting of how much the Canadian cabinet was “penetrated”.

eman
eman
May 24, 2022 8:49 AM
Reply to  Hele

The reason for the travel ban?
Data would be confounded and rendered statistically difficult to analyze,
if people were allowed to travel from their normal local residence before vaccination.

The vaccination was actually an experiment to test how individual genetics, locally modified immune response systems would respond to the mRNA gene modifying vector[the vaccine].

The experimental concern was do local factors modify each persons immune response over time and of so do those modifications impact the genetic response to mRNA vectors?

How do local factors modify immune response? and how do those local community immune responses change the molecular biology when challenged by mRNA gene modifying vectors.
So several different versions of mRNA vaccines were tested. Which ones worked best, or contributed to problems the most, in which local areas and why?

Human rats had to be kept in the nation state cages. <=the travel band, lock downs, etc.

In any experiment, it is necessary to design the experiment so that all rats get the treatment (some are treated with mRNA vector called a vaccination] and some treatment with a placebo.

Also with such a large group of human rats it is useful to test the various versions of the mRNA concoctions. So human rats are divided into different groups, and each group is given one of the vaccine types. Between group, within group variability by local area can be tested. (generally half in each vaccine type group get the mRNA poison and the other have get the placebo.

The last thing the pharmaceutical companies want is to have some people in the local areas that have neither treatment (actual vs placebo) because it messes up the control needed to make the experiment conclusive.

https://www.unz.com/proberts/pfizer-tells-federal-judge-that-pfizer-owns-the-federal-government-and-is-thereby-immune-to-normal-contract-law/

Torontonian
Torontonian
May 26, 2022 5:58 PM
Reply to  eman

The date is already rendered statistically tainted in so many other ways. You are also assuming that the data is being collected and analyzed either at all or in a meaningful way. All you need to do is read an hour of the data dump coming out of Pfizer during testing to realize they are truly incompetently run tests and that yes all Pharma cares about is money.

Sorry you assume way too much competency on behalf of WHO, CDC , WEF etc, Gates et all. There is only so much abilityy that money can buy– right Bill?

Jacques
Jacques
May 24, 2022 10:49 AM
Reply to  Hele

This is, of course, one of the pitfalls of “leftist” or collectivist ideology. On the one hand, people need to stick together and exercise their collective power to prevent unscrupuluous individuals from taking advantage of a position privileged position they gain in one way or another, but if leftist ideology is applied too liberally, pun intended, it robs people of individual freedoms and imposes the will of the majority on everybody, which can take an ugly turn, if the helm is appropriated by fucks of Jugmeat’s or Turdo’s kind.

Evidently, this liberal shite has gone too far now, and it’s now time to promote a society of responsible, self-reliant individuals who cooperate where it’s appropriate and in their interest.

Fuck assholes like Jugmeat or Turdo.

eman
eman
May 24, 2022 1:21 PM
Reply to  Hele

The corporations order that ye shall be the prisoner of the nation state the corporations have assigned to handle your imprisonment. There are 256 such nation state prisons each with a different political system, economic structure, and each with a different culture. These prisons are best thought of as crucibles, and the local nation state system as the mind control manipulator and behavioral homogenator. Your first and most important lesson in life is to learn to forget your individuality and to forget that your first concern is your personal humanity. You are expected to adopt for your major concerns allegiance to your jailer(the nation state) and concern for the profit the corporate masters want to make. Nothing should interfere with their profit, and never should you put your concern for your humanity in front of your concern for your crucible (nation state).
The idea is that each victim of the crucible shall be taught to hate the prison vocto,s in all of the other national crucibles. Keep complaining and you shall find yourself in solitary and if that fails, the crematoria..
There is no place in this world for non conformist and non producers or for those who think outside of the box. everyone should understand that everyone else is a prison victim of some nation state, and that we are all victims of the awesome powers the corporations have been given by the rule of law. The corporations are now bigger than the nations that gave birth to them, and more powerful than, and richer than, any political system. In fact corporate power has become a global challenge to the survival of humanity.

MaryLS
MaryLS
May 25, 2022 4:27 AM
Reply to  Hele

Psycho is right. NDP has lost its moral compass.

siamdave
siamdave
May 24, 2022 5:55 AM

I’d disagree with the timeline somewhat, ‘liberal’ society has been collapsing in Canada and the west in general since the 1980s and the general coming out of the closet of neo-liberalism, or neo-cons, whatever you want to call it, the message to the world that Big Money was not hiding anymore, they were openly basically taking over. There hasn’t been a lot of effective protest unfortunately. PM Turd just performed the coup de grace in Canada with his response to the truckers, his in-your-face ripping up of the ‘charter of rights and freedoms’, etc – as the rest of the west has been in the process of doing the last couple of years. Still a bit up in the air, but the battle lines are clearly drawn (and I got to say, with the majority of most western populations apparently happy to stay on their knees to Big Bro, it ain’t looking that good for our side”

Antonym
Antonym
May 24, 2022 4:27 AM

Africa, Latin America and Asia minus China did better that Justin-Jagmeet Canada regarding justice, freedom or human rights the last 2 lockdown years.
J-J Canada’s moral high ground has shrunk to less that a mole hill, better say a sink hole.
Their megaphone is running on ruling the second largest territory on Earth with a small population.

wardropper
wardropper
May 24, 2022 3:53 AM

We’re getting nowhere.
The forces of evil have decided that the only narrative they need is their own.
Our narrative does not exist.
Diplomacy doesn’t work any more.
Only a shattering event which confronts the corrupt like a very large mirror is going to make the slightest dent in this horrific travesty of representative government.

My musical profession has always entailed a great deal of solitary work, so I don’t regard being outside mainstream society as such a terrible thing – I’m used to it.
But I always used to enjoy the feeling that I was doing my bit, in my solitary way, as a member of a society – at least until two years ago.
The way I feel now, however, is that I might as well live on another planet, considering how little I have in common with the alien species which used to be my fellow man.
The few exceptions to this black scenario make life still worth living, but I find it very hard to accept that human evolution was supposed to go in this direction.

We have been hijacked, dear people.

Willem
Willem
May 24, 2022 6:38 AM
Reply to  wardropper

‘But I always used to enjoy the feeling that I was doing my bit, in my solitary way, as a member of a society – at least until two years ago.’

It’s not fun. It causes grieve and there are not many people that you can talk with. We’re are on our own. We are allowed to observe how the world is falling apart which ain’t fun either. We can listen to the siren songs from the media, but that is not helping us either. Still there is plenty to see and learn. It’s a journey that leads you to places you haven’t been before. I wouldn’t call it a vacation though…

Thom1111
Thom1111
May 24, 2022 11:55 AM
Reply to  Willem

Right, it’s more of a harsh process. Overly harsh in my opinion

wardropper
wardropper
May 24, 2022 5:38 PM
Reply to  Willem

That’s all true.

“Fun” isn’t really what I meant by “enjoy”.
It’s more a case of it appealing to my sense of fitting rationally into a significant framework, but “enjoy” seemed concise enough at the time… 🙂

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
May 24, 2022 1:08 PM
Reply to  wardropper

I hear you Wardropper. There are a lot of us who feel the same.

A lot are embarassed to say how they really feel as if, somehow, it’s them that’s in the wrong and because they don’t agree with the narrative there is something wrong with them.

The truth is that 50 years of dumbed down education has taken away the desire for critical thinking.

The most disappointing response is ” They can track your phone anyway” whan you confront them with the horrors of CBDC or similar despicable, dystopian ideas.

I can’t give you any answers but rest assured you are not alone.

Sideshow
Sideshow
May 24, 2022 4:27 PM
Reply to  wardropper

+1

Lizzyh7
Lizzyh7
May 24, 2022 6:08 PM
Reply to  wardropper

Alien species indeed. I keep trying to get through every once in a while, but I am sick to death of being looked at as if I am the lunatic. Had a very disheartening day yesterday, nothing out of the ordinary really, tried to tell a couple of co-workers to leave the MSM alone and not believe one word they say, sigh. One attempted to rebut me and while it was hard to just give up and walk away, I ended up doing that, but not until I was frustrated and sad. There is indeed grief, and every once in a while I regret not being able to go back to the land of the dumbed down, simply due to how fucking lonely it is. But there IS no going back, one cannot unsee what one has seen, no matter how hard one wishes it were so. While I wish it in fleeting moments, I’m still glad to be where I am, lonely as it is.

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
May 24, 2022 7:28 PM
Reply to  Lizzyh7

It’s like those “Magic Eye” hologram things.

Once you’ve seen it you can see nothing else

Blind Gill
Blind Gill
May 24, 2022 10:49 PM
Reply to  Lizzyh7

Many of us feel exactly like this. Ppl I really thought had more about them signing up for the. New narrative lock stock and jab. Fucking idiocy.

Blind Gill
Blind Gill
May 24, 2022 10:38 PM
Reply to  wardropper

Get away from technology and go to nature.

Sanjoy Mahajan
Sanjoy Mahajan
May 30, 2022 11:11 AM
Reply to  wardropper

I hear you. I am so distressed seeing the descent into madness.

Mark McDonald, the Los Angeles-area psychiatrist who early on described what is happening as mass delusional psychosis, said that the trance induction has been so skillful that his only hope is in the sociopaths overreaching.

I mostly agree but would add that overreach depends on resistance. The more that people mock the psyops (“moneypox”) and extend their understanding beyond Convid (e.g, into realizing that vaccines are all poison, that infectious viruses are probably fake, that everything the ‘health’ agencies tell you makes you sicker, …), the more that the socipoaths have to rush the psyops, the more wobbly that the house of cards becomes, and the more purchase there is to mock the psyops and to extend understanding, …

All hope is not lost.

Lost in a dark wood
Lost in a dark wood
May 24, 2022 3:01 AM

In his 2003 book, Liberalism, John Gray writes that classical liberalism consists of these four pillars.
– individualist
– egalitarian
– universalist
– social progress

Liberalism also advanced the value of bodily integrity. This included i) a women’s right to choose whether or not to have an abortion, ii) An individual’s right to not be sold into slavery or forced labour, iii) The right not to be tortured, iv) The right not to be sexually assaulted, v) and The right to the security of one’s person. The latter included informed decisions about taking medical treatments and procedures.

The movement which got labelled “Liberalism” always contained an incompatible mishmash of divergent ideologies. They could be somewhat united when they opposed Conservatism, but once the latter was effectively neutered, they would inevitably turn against each other; and old-school liberals would find allies among old-school conservatives.

One of the main strands of the “Liberalism” movement has been that of “Medical Materialism” (a.k.a. “Rationalism”). A key part of the dogma of Medical Materialism is that the white-coated priesthood has the absolute right to abrogate ALL individual rights. On the say-so of a couple of white-coats you could be incarcerated, tortured, drugged, murdered – all in the name of “health”, “progress”, “science”, “wellness”, or whatever.

This has been well documented for a century or more, but the vast majority of “liberals” showed no sign of concern. Thomas Szasz was a notable exception; and in 2010 he wrote a new preface to The Myth of Mental Illness where he concluded:

Formerly, when Church and State were allied, people accepted theological justifications for state-sanctioned coercion. Today, when Medicine and the State are allied, people accept therapeutic justifications for state-sanctioned coercion. This is how, some two hundred years ago, psychiatry became an arm of the coercive apparatus of the state. And this is why today all of medicine threatens to become transformed from personal therapy into political tyranny.

However, rather than being some sort of prophecy, Szasz was merely describing a straightforward extrapolation.

https://www.szasz.com/Szasz50newpreface.pdf
https://www.szasz.com

Daniel Martin
Daniel Martin
May 24, 2022 3:19 AM

I was going to say somewhat similar things regarding “liberalism”. As defined by the author of this article, it is clearly self-contradictory. In 2022 we are simply witnessing the cultural endpoint of the age of “liberalism” i.e. the final conclusions of what a society built on moral relativism devolves into when given enough time – sacrificing other people’s lives and livelihoods for the safety and comfort of the self.

We must all go receive our clot shots “to save our grandmothers” aka we must sacrifice a certain percentage of able-bodied “free” people for the cause, and the cause is moral relativism.

Edwige
Edwige
May 24, 2022 8:35 AM

A couple of other problems with defining ‘liberalism’:

1) Up until the 1860s anyone defining liberalism would have included nationalism in the mix. The American Revolution was both liberal and nationalistic, for example.
2) The meaning of liberalism was profoundly altered by re-defining liberty. T.H. Green redefined liberty to mean ‘positive liberty’ although that actual term was coined by Isaiah Berlin. Well, surprise surprise if Green and Berlin don’t turn out to have some “interesting” connections in their backgrounds and in particular who wrote their pay checks. Positive liberty was always an attempt to recast equality as liberty. (BTW I’m not saying this to defend gross inequalities of wealth which clearly have been revealed to be incompatible with liberal values in any meaningful sense. ‘Freedom of expression’ applies to billionaires who can buy social media platforms).

I find it hard to avoid the conclusion that ideologies mean whatever suits the elite agenda of the day. They use what’s in their interests and discard what isn’t. Different parts of their agenda are placed in different ideologies so whoever’s in power, part of their agenda is advancing. For the last three decades their economic agenda has been in conservatism and their social agenda in left liberalism/socialism although that pattern is more in flux now. Reagan, for example, introduced economic liberalisation that enabled the rich to engorge themselves but never quite got around to the social agenda he’d promised the Christian Right. Reagan never believed in it unlike Thatcher who probably did believe in it but was more restrained by the UK’s different political culture.

Lost in a dark wood
Lost in a dark wood
May 24, 2022 8:00 PM
Reply to  Edwige

Looking back, I assume that the 1970s and 80s was all a preplanned, shock-doctrine reset – at least for the US and UK. Whether wittingly or not, Thatcher and Reagan both had their roles to play. For instance, it was Reagan who signed the Vaccine Injury Act.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Childhood_Vaccine_Injury_Act
The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986 (42 U.S.C. §§ 300aa-1 to 300aa-34) was signed into law by United States President Ronald Reagan as part of a larger health bill on November 14, 1986. NCVIA’s purpose was to eliminate the potential financial liability of vaccine manufacturers due to vaccine injury claims[1] to ensure a stable market supply of vaccines, and to provide cost-effective arbitration for vaccine injury claims.[2] Under the NCVIA, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) was created to provide a federal no-fault system for compensating vaccine-related injuries or death by establishing a claim procedure involving the United States Court of Federal Claims and special masters.[1][3]

les online
les online
May 24, 2022 2:35 AM

This may be Russian Propaganda: “This is how the road for Nice to the border of Italy looks like. Solid trucks. The column stretched for 40 kilometers. Latvian, Lithuanian, Bulgarian numbers. What are they carrying. Food from Ukraine.”
Russian Foreign Minister, Maria Zakhanova (Telegram)…

Cant have food riots or Europeans starving…Ukraine is expendable…
And the billions of dollars of weaponry dont come free…

But then, maybe the food is for the US/NATO forces during the campaign to kick The Russians out of Ukraine ? It’s been said “An army marches on its stomach.” Like the weapons, food is being stockpiled for the big event…

Johnny
Johnny
May 24, 2022 2:28 AM

This week’s election result in Australia is reason for some optimism.
The major corporate worshipping parties were kicked in the guts by the voters.
There are now several female Independents and more Greens in the parliament.
The people are pissed off, and it shows.
The Ghouls have been warned.
Canada next ?

Agorista
Agorista
May 24, 2022 4:08 AM
Reply to  Johnny

If you are excited for carbon credits, agenda 2030, digital IDs, Chinese style social credit systems, nationwide lockdowns and purpose built federal quarantine centres and a compete loss of freedom then sure, its a great result.

As long as the bullshit system makes sure either of the majors gets in there is in my humble opinion nothing to be excited about from this or any other election

Edith
Edith
May 24, 2022 5:32 AM
Reply to  Agorista

Totally agree. This lot are far more in tune with the Davos lot….and they have the additional problem that still don’t have a majority and had a very low first preference vote….thus there has to be quite a few upset people….

the fix went in around 1 March and if anyone knows how it was done I am happy to hear….i,e. I am saying like most elections these days them who got there did so at the behest of the elite rulers of the world…

Agorista
Agorista
May 24, 2022 9:05 AM
Reply to  Edith

I’m not sure exactly how either, but it’s pretty clear that uncle klaus has ways of making sure his minions stay in power irrespective of what people want. Happened in France and will no doubt happen in Canada etc too. Bastardos!

Johnny
Johnny
May 24, 2022 6:38 AM
Reply to  Agorista

•Carbon credits is mere tinkering.
•We already have digital ID through ‘MyGov’, mobile devices and passports.
• There won’t be anymore lockdowns. Too much resentment from the smug middle class.
• The quarantine centres will collect dust.
• Freedom is a state of mind.
Nelson Mandela was proof of that.

New Name
New Name
May 24, 2022 8:04 AM
Reply to  Johnny

The newly selected arseholes will now claim mandates from their fake elections for more tyranny.

Hele
Hele
May 24, 2022 7:14 AM
Reply to  Agorista

..and pronouns ad nauseam and woke pandering and WEF insidious influence.Not great at all.

Agorista
Agorista
May 24, 2022 9:02 AM
Reply to  Hele

And don’t forget fighting the patriarchy cause you know, that’s the biggest problem humanity is facing. Oh second, I forgot climate change of course is the biggest and definitely totally going to kill us all like next week. Unless carbon rations and then hey presto, no more floods or fires!

I’m sure all the private jets at Davos are like totally green and carbon offset

Lizzyh7
Lizzyh7
May 24, 2022 6:42 PM
Reply to  Agorista

+10

siamdave
siamdave
May 24, 2022 6:01 AM
Reply to  Johnny

nothing at all to hope for, in pretend democracies, elections are dog and pony shows to ‘prove’ to the plebs they have ‘democracy’ when they don’t at all. Who was ‘speaking for the people’ the last two years in any of our ‘democracies’ ??? noone. The masters did as they wished. Which is not ‘democracy’

Johnny
Johnny
May 24, 2022 7:31 AM
Reply to  siamdave

We can pray for Anarchy (rules WITHOUT rulers), but we would be wasting our breath.

Agorista
Agorista
May 24, 2022 8:57 AM
Reply to  Johnny

So just vote green?? How is it you’re here and still believe that any party actually represents the majority of the people? Remember when the greens were about human rights?? And anti war? Now they want to have sex change operations and puberty blockers paid for by Medicare.

And what about the greens crying out for vaccines for kids?! This lot will be worse than the last and that’s saying something. But it’s all an illusion anyway, they’re all on the same team and it ain’t ours.

Anarchy is the answer. And yes it’s a state of mind. Where’s your mind at?

Johnny
Johnny
May 24, 2022 9:21 AM
Reply to  Agorista

Now.
Not in the dead past or the fanciful future.

Agorista
Agorista
May 24, 2022 8:58 AM
Reply to  siamdave

Zactly

WorkingClassHero
WorkingClassHero
May 24, 2022 12:36 AM

Sort of off topic, but worth sharing, since we seem to recycle this main stream bullshit over and over.

How about we focus at how the most senior officials of these institutes like to rape kids. Since the feds, politicians, police and judiciary don’t want to touch it, it’s about time we did.

This was back in 2015 by the only ethical Senator i have ever known to date.

https://rumble.com/vtfysh-bill-heffernan-former-pm-a-pedophile.html

hotrod31
hotrod31
May 24, 2022 4:28 AM

Ever wonder why the former PM, Scott Morison was so resistant to a Federal ICAC? Hmmm! Perhaps he was on Heffernen’s list … ? Just wondering why he would have protected Porter and his mate, Brian Hughes, so vociferously … So, I don’t think that Keating was the only one being protected.

hotrod31
hotrod31
May 24, 2022 4:30 AM
Reply to  hotrod31

… I meant Brian Houston … from the pretend religious group.

WorkingClassHero
WorkingClassHero
May 24, 2022 7:10 AM
Reply to  hotrod31

Who ever is on the list is prominent enough that the system would likely crumble if exposed. Not just the 28, but the hundreds connected to the 28.

Why people are more interested in talking about fudged elections that you will never win is beyond me. We should not be looking to these mentally ill sick pigs for remedy. We should be exposing them, even if their funny hand shake buddies choose to protect them.

I’m not sure what upsets me more. The fact these pigs are still practising and walking amongst us, or the fact most of the population would rather talk about football or the next virus hoax. If you are not outraged, why not?

jimW
jimW
May 23, 2022 11:33 PM

Its East versus West in Canada isn’t it? Rather than ideology or politics. Geographically divided country, with geographically divided society.

siamdave
siamdave
May 24, 2022 6:02 AM
Reply to  jimW

east vs west is just another divide and conquer trick. As with everywhere, the real struggle is up vs down. Elite vs everyone else. As long as they have people focusing on straw dogs like east vs west, they’ll keep winning

Edwige
Edwige
May 23, 2022 11:17 PM

“VAERS 6,636 reported Vioxx deaths turned out to reflect only 17% of the actual deaths.”

The Lazarus Report found that VAERS recorded 1% of vaccine injuries:
https://digital.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/docs/publication/r18hs017045-lazarus-final-report-2011.pdf

The report’s methodology seems sound to me with a large sample size and a control group. I can believe that the figure now is somewhat higher given some increase in awareness of the system.

The most revealing part of what Lazarus writes however is in the proposed solutions. He writes that a straightforward solution was quite possible – the authorities had the necessary data and just needed to collate it. The authorities don’t seem generally too reluctant to engage in data-harvesting. However in this case they wouldn’t even reply to what Lazarus was suggesting. I can’t see any other reasonable explanation here other than that they didn’t want an accurate record of vaccine injuries.

Funny how the WEF’s house intellectual Harari and his cult of Data-ism don’t seem too bothered by this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dataism

G.Strebel
G.Strebel
May 28, 2022 6:10 PM
Reply to  Edwige

One would expect that less serious adverse events would have a lower rate of reporting to the VAER System than would serious events or deaths. The 17% figure strikes me as plausible and even possibly conservative for mortality, with ‘dilution’ by unreported nonserious AEs yielding an overall reporting rate of 1%.

rememberingmonkey
rememberingmonkey
May 23, 2022 10:04 PM

Liberalism also advanced the value of bodily integrity. This included i) a women’s right to choose whether or not to have an abortion, ii) The right not to be tortured, iv)

I guess no one asked the baby.

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
May 23, 2022 10:21 PM

It’s not a baby

County Girl
County Girl
May 23, 2022 11:06 PM

I disagree with you – it is a baby. The baby is alive, growing and developing, changing each day and has a beating heart.

S Cooper
S Cooper
May 24, 2022 12:43 AM
Reply to  County Girl

“Baloney. My body, my choice (bodily autonomy) means that medical decisions are to be left to individuals that have been born to decide for themselves concerning their bodies and everything inside of them.The State has no right to force or prohibit individual choices concerning vaccination, medicines,medical procedures, abortion/contraception, etc.”

Daniel Martin
Daniel Martin
May 24, 2022 3:41 AM
Reply to  S Cooper

I am all for true individual rights but I would respectfully disagree with the totally meaningless distinction of “being born”. That claim comes from nowhere other than the government itself. Human life has bodily autonomy by the fact that it is human life. It is not withheld for 9 months and then conferred upon “birth”. Just be honest with your language, the right to abort is the right to end the life of another human. If we communicate clearly we can actually find out where our rights truly are and when you are intentionally violently aggressing on a peaceful person, thereby violating their rights.

S Cooper
S Cooper
May 24, 2022 4:37 AM
Reply to  Daniel Martin

https://blog.petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/2015/08/11/abortion-and-the-fetal-personhood-fallacy/

“No, a fetus is not a human being. It does not become one until it is born. The State has no right to impose itself on the bodily autonomy rights of those who have been/are born.

“PS. Imposing the diktats/dictates of ones religion upon others against their will is at the very least bad manners.”

Daniel Martin
Daniel Martin
May 24, 2022 2:52 PM
Reply to  S Cooper

You provided a reference that makes a claim of personhood, which is a government/law/elite-invented term in order to allow the violation of other human being’s rights when it is of benefit to the self. Just throwing that out there to illuminate it for others. Unfortunately all you have done is show that even people who claim they believe in freedom and inalienable rights still believe these are only conditional rights, in this case based on whether the human has achieved “personhood” status or not. Yikes, no wonder there is so much conflict around the world still today.

S Cooper
S Cooper
May 24, 2022 3:34 PM
Reply to  Daniel Martin

“The reference is meant to show the extent to which the State has over the Bodily Autonomy of individuals that have been born. NONE! The same goes for various religious factions/sects that attempt to impose/force their diktats/beliefs on non members. An unborn fetus is not a human being, period. It exists at the sufferance/acceptance of its host.”

Paul Vonharnish
Paul Vonharnish
May 24, 2022 1:26 PM
Reply to  S Cooper

Hello S Cooper: Thank you for boiling the “choice” issue down to the essence of autonomy and personal choice. The agendas of persons who believe autonomy should be a socially prescribed dictate, seldom apply to those particular persons… They appear to be gods posing as persons…

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
May 24, 2022 9:21 AM
Reply to  County Girl

It’s not a baby, it’s a tiny cluster of non viable cells.

County Girl
County Girl
May 25, 2022 11:34 PM

So, are you saying the baby remains a ‘cluster of non viable cells’ up until the time it is born? If gestation is normally 40 weeks, according to you a ‘cluster of non viable cells’ born at 39 weeks is not a baby.

A fetus has a beating heart at 6 weeks after it comes into existence. Prior to this time, the fetus/baby is developing and growing and its blueprint is human, it cannot turn into anything other than a human. It already is a human.

The state cannot decide a fetus is not a human. It cannot grant it rights after it is born, in the same way the state cannot grant us rights over our own bodies, or take away our rights over our bodies. We already possess those rights and the state should butt out as we do not belong to the state.

WorkingClassHero
WorkingClassHero
May 24, 2022 12:29 AM

Argue all you wish about when it becomes a baby, an adult or when they can consent.

The problem with the late abortion thing is the industry behind it. The sale of body parts. I guess if one want to make billions of jabs with fetal tissue in them, they have to have a nice steady stream of baby’s or whatever it is you wish to call them.

What is the going rate these days for a body? All in the name of science ofcourse.

Clive WilliamsCoronavirus
Clive WilliamsCoronavirus
May 25, 2022 3:08 AM

There are plenty of orphans that need help if you’re interested in adoptions.
And of course, pregnant women, single mothers, fathers, not forgetting…uncles aunts grandparents caring for us ” little scamps” again.
Check it out in your local community, if you have time on your hands.

County Girl
County Girl
May 25, 2022 11:36 PM

Exactly. It is big business.

Marfanoi
Marfanoi
May 23, 2022 9:52 PM

Anyone for monkey tennis ?

Wisenox
Wisenox
May 23, 2022 9:42 PM

The convoys were obvious setups. You could tell from the convoy leadership and the symbolism in their logo. Robert Malone loved them, even wanted Americans to set themselves up the same way. Malone also called for Americans to join two other heavily organized protests in January.

We saw plenty of articles and advertisements about the trucker convoys and fedboi protests. Why don’t we see anything about the “grid” that we’re supposed to connect to for the Internet of Bodies?
Not faulting this site, just an observation, but we rarely, if ever, see articles about Musk and SpaceX’s launches. Is it because they don’t want us talking about it?

predictive
predictive
May 23, 2022 9:55 PM
Reply to  Wisenox

+1
Never once did any of them so called alt outlets even consider it was a set to usher in new banking laws.

Patrick L.
Patrick L.
May 23, 2022 11:10 PM
Reply to  predictive

[facepalm]

Explain how the trucker convoy was “a set [sic] to usher in new banking laws”. Tell us exactly how that worked, o Bodhisattva.

predictive
predictive
May 24, 2022 11:14 AM
Reply to  Patrick L.

[facepalm]

predictive
predictive
May 24, 2022 11:15 AM
Reply to  Patrick L.

quote
The powers granted by the act would allow banks to target the accounts of people who have donated to crowdfunding platforms, like the fundraising campaigns on GoFundMe and GiveSendGo Unquote

The Con-very was launched on the back end of the m i c media, about as Trust worthy as the names of the so called leaders.Nothing speaks freedom than having rebel rancid media taking center stage in Parliament square (masonic symbology).
It was 18 months late to the demonstration party.
The minute the Con-very donations started they used that excuse to usher in banking acts/ laws to stop people donating to the funds of the so called causes.
What part of that is rocket science to you.?

5 minutes later.
When the Uckrian nonsense started the U.K banking laws where mentioned again and this time for the so called Russian oligarchy in having their property and assets frozen.

The 2 is connected.

Patrick L.
Patrick L.
May 23, 2022 11:04 PM
Reply to  Wisenox

[facepalm]

Lizzyh7
Lizzyh7
May 23, 2022 11:52 PM
Reply to  Patrick L.

Bad enough we have to hear about Musk and his achievements and “controversies/confrontations” in the MSM, now we gotta endure the Musk worship here? Fuck.

Patrick L.
Patrick L.
May 24, 2022 10:15 AM
Reply to  Lizzyh7

“the Musk worship here”? Where? What are you babbling about?

Lizzyh7
Lizzyh7
May 24, 2022 8:38 PM
Reply to  Patrick L.

Not from you, but the remark that we should be hearing about musk and his achievements here.

Pig Swill
Pig Swill
May 23, 2022 9:37 PM

Petitioning the system to stop being so sytematic…I think if people only knew the ficticious nature of the entire system setup…the smoke and mirrors it is, they’d think twice about stamping their feet and demanding such a bogus setup “give them their rights back”. You’re negotiating with a mirage.

S Cooper
S Cooper
May 23, 2022 9:27 PM

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“Take two Bananas and call me in the morning.”

Big al
Big al
May 23, 2022 9:25 PM

The left, if we must use the right/left construct, has never been about freedom and liberty. That’s been the realm of the right, the libertarians and conservatives who value individual freedom, at least those true to the cause. Alot of this is caused by the use of this right/left, conversative/liberal division in our political systems. Democrats are portrayed as liberals, republicans are portrayed as republicans. So we’re systemically divided this way. Along came Trump and he stirred the hate level up to Def Con 1 so anything that those that support Trump has to be hated and opposed by the left, and anything supported by the dem party and supporters has to be hated and opposed by Trump supporters. “Defund the police!, NO, we need more police!” Meanwhile, over half the population that doesn’t support any of these assholes, have to watch this play out with zero political representation. The more I think about it, the more it seems like Trump was a Trojan horse installed to get us to this point. Either that or he’s the biggest dupe in the history of dupes. There is no more right/left, you’re either right or you’re wrong because now there is one issue, and that’s the global order and those trying to run it. The issue is freedom and liberty and it’s obvious the so called left is not going to play along.

Big al
Big al
May 24, 2022 3:41 AM
Reply to  Big al

That took 8 hours to load that comment. What kind of a system is that, theirs? Jesus. It’s like smoke signals, only worse. Oh hey look! My comment is pending! Maybe by tomorrow morning when I wake up it might be posted! And then, and then, I might be able to have an online conversation or debate about this topic! Obviously talking to myself because by the time this one is posted, there will be another article posted. And we all know that then, the attention goes where it’s directed.

Daniel Martin
Daniel Martin
May 24, 2022 3:52 AM
Reply to  Big al

I tend to agree. I think if any group can lay claim to being right in an ethical sense it would be libertarians (philisophical ones, not the politicians). They are making the most sensible morality-based judgment claim in the cultural sphere outside of religions i.e. all humans have inherent rights to their person and their property, and that aggression on either is a violation of their rights and can be defended without retaliation. We need more of that ethos in the populace and less collectivism which just leads to WEF style oligarchy.

Teddy Fikre
Teddy Fikre
May 23, 2022 9:16 PM

Breaking US: Political Tribalism Is Enriching a Few and Impoverishing the Rest
My heart sank as soon as I witnessed the picture above this morning while I was driving through downtown DC. Shortly after dropping off my last Uber passenger for the morning, thoughts of what I had to accomplish for work came to a halt the minute my eyes caught sight of two homeless people sleeping under an umbrella on the median strip right in the middle of morning traffic.

The issue of homelessness is very personal for me, I endured two years of destitution in 2015 after a successful career at Booz Allen Hamilton drew to a close only for poverty to come knocking at my door shortly thereafter. By God’s grace, I am no longer homeless as a precipitous fall led to a Jobian restoration. However, as grateful as I am that I am no longer navigating between shelters and donated food, I cannot shake the survivor’s guilt I feel every time I see someone asking for money or sleeping on sidewalks…continued…

READ FULL ARTICLE AT: https://fikre4va.com/broken-government-political-tribalism/

S Cooper
S Cooper
May 23, 2022 9:44 PM
Reply to  Teddy Fikre

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“Politically what exists today in many parts of the world is a large criminal gang of war racketeering corporate fascist psychopaths passing themselves off as “government,” preying upon (and victimizing) the rest of hapless humanity. If only there was honest government of the people,by the people, for the people, based on the principles of equality (political/economic/social)civil liberty, respect and peace.”

https://www.marxists.org/archive/debs/works/1918/court.htm

S Cooper
S Cooper
May 23, 2022 9:46 PM
Reply to  Teddy Fikre

les online
les online
May 23, 2022 9:15 PM

I’m beginning to think ‘the left’ is an imagined figment, it doesnt exist…
Or, rather, it exists but as an admission of our own impotence. We need a Left to lead us…

George Mc
George Mc
May 23, 2022 9:47 PM
Reply to  les online

Talk of “The Left” is worse than useless since it always ends up with getting bogged down in partisan prejudices which have been deliberately sewn into the public mind to completely disarm all genuine insight. I have found valuable lines of enquiry constantly being undermined with dogmas about how history is supposed to be remembered, all of which come down to deeply implanted beliefs about how the world is supposed to work e.g. psychobabble about the “authoritarian personality”, the Evil of crowds and so on. Also artificial divisions between valid analyses of economic forces and any suggestion of actual planning – the old avoidance of “conspiracy”.

In short: Fuck the Left/Right divide.

Marfanoi
Marfanoi
May 23, 2022 9:54 PM
Reply to  George Mc

Yeah.

Orthus
Orthus
May 23, 2022 9:50 PM
Reply to  les online

Is it not just a label?

Kathleen Lowrey
Kathleen Lowrey
May 23, 2022 8:46 PM

Many, many thanks for this thorough documentation — all in one long article — of the unfolding of the convoy and the brief invocation of the Emergencies Act, the seizing of bank accounts, all of it.

The Convoy lifted my spirits as an unvaccinated Canadian like nothing had in two years — the good natured courage of the truckers, the spirited bhangra dance parties — and then I was staggered to see how many respected left friends and colleagues reacted.

One thought it was hilarious that counter-protesters played “Ram Ranch” at the truckers (look it up if you want).

This encapsulated the “it’s okay when we do it” ethos of the contemporary left. Playing Ram Ranch in that context was a gay rape joke, but not homophobic to deploy, in fact HILARIOUS in this case, because, you see, the counter-protesters knew for sure that the trucker convoy was made up of homophobic subhumans who

…. deserved to be gay raped, ha ha, get it, hee hee ho ho, not because we’re disgustingly homophobic in the fashion of the way this sort of “joke” used to be deployed but because we are attributing disgusting homophobia to THEM so OUR gay rape jokes are hilarious.

You really cannot go wrong betting on the fatuous hypocritical self regard of today’s left. It stretches from sea to sea to sea.

J A
J A
May 24, 2022 1:20 AM

heh, heh, heh…

StephAmson
StephAmson
May 23, 2022 8:20 PM

I remember hearing a convoy protester saying that when they arrived there were no police and no security, no one stopped them from setting up, after long reports of them being on the way. This reminding me strongly of the attempted ‘coup’ in the US where enforcement stood down and which some of us realized because of this and other things it was a psyop. Hoping someone can report what changes to the law were made after the convoy because I’m guessing this is the point of these types of ‘protests’.

Paul Prichard
Paul Prichard
May 23, 2022 8:17 PM

Your alternative update on #COVID19 for 2022-05-22. ‘COVID-19 research’ in Ukraine 3 months before officially existed. Make Scientific Debate Great Again (blog, gab, tweet).