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Is Canada Losing the Cold War?

From Epoch Times.  12/26/2020

I’m old enough, just barely, to remember watching Paul Henderson score his winning goal against the Soviets in the final game of the 1972 Summit Series. I knew that something important had happened, but I didn’t fully understand what it was until much later. Yes, it was hockey, and our national pride was at stake, but there was more to it than that. Team Canada was fighting for our way of life against an adversary that sought to tear it down. The United States was the standard flag bearer in conflicts with the Soviets, but in September 1972 the Canadians were combatants in the Cold War.

We think that our side won the Cold War. After decades of political brinksmanship in the latter half of the 20th century, the USSR dissolved in 1991 and the West appeared victorious. But that wasn’t the end of the story. The Cold War wasn’t merely a conflict between nations but also a contest between competing political ideologies. The struggle between freedom and collectivism continues but has moved inside Western countries. The threat is now from our own leaders and citizens who appear to believe that Canada should be a socialist country.

And this time, the socialists are winning.

What lies before us is not Soviet-style communism with gulags and firing squads but our own distinctive made-in-Canada version of neo-Marxist progressive socialism. But don’t get caught up in the labels: capitalism, communism, and fascism; democratic socialism and social democracy; liberalism and populism, to name just a few. The variations shouldn’t obscure the main divide: either individuals are essentially free to pursue their own interests, express their own thoughts, and own their own property, or the state directs their actions, words, and beliefs to comport with official dogma.

“The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled, and those who have no such desire,” science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein has written. The concept of political correctness originated in the Soviet Union as a reminder, according to Angelo Codevilla, professor emeritus of International Relations at Boston University, “that the Party’s interest is to be treated as a reality that ranks above reality itself.”

In its Canadian campaign, one of socialism’s most potent weapons is our disbelief. We are apt to rationalize that the trends in this country do not portend actual socialism, but instead constitute merely a gloss on our unshakeable foundations of free-market liberalism. Unfortunately, that is not what the evidence suggests.

In modern Canada, socialist thinking has become part of the furniture. At its core is the belief that participation in public life requires comportment with progressive ideology. Legislation presently before Parliament will make it a criminal offence to counsel your child not to transition to a different gender; owning property is now regarded as a privilege that should be exercised in the public interest and taxed when it sits empty in busy urban centres; private health care is prohibited; businesses are expected to serve as social welfare agencies, providing benefits to employees even when the employees are unable to provide benefits to the business; doctors who publicly express divergent views on lockdowns or vaccines are apt to be censored or investigated; governments plan and manage the economy, and keep citizens “safe” from the risks of viruses and their own mistakes.

Great civilizations are not conquered from without until they have destroyed themselves from within, wrote historians Will and Ariel Durant: “The essential causes of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes. …” Do these features sound familiar?

Canada is in retreat, more interested in redistributing wealth than in producing it, more resolved to administer than to build, and more prone to languish than to strive. We trade freedom for the appearance of safety, and competition for the solidarity of victimhood. We are more comfortable with the goal of being equally poor than unequally wealthy. We impede and discredit our own energy exports. We punish risk and reward conformity. Our civil servants get lucrative salaries and pensions while governments shut down small businesses. Who in their right mind would now aspire to be an entrepreneur?

In typical Canadian style, our socialist revolution advances with earnest capitulation. But this fall from grace is not a uniquely Canadian phenomenon. As British doctor and writer Theodore Dalrymple has observed, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph, said Burke, is for good men to do nothing; and most good men nowadays can be relied upon to do precisely that. Where a reputation for intolerance is more feared than a reputation for vice itself, all manner of evil may be expected to flourish.”

Socialism will not work. It never does. But this time it may take Canada down with it.

Bruce Pardy is a law professor at Queen’s University.

pardyb@queensu.ca Twitter @PardyBruce

 

Source: The Cold War Continues, and Now We Are Losing

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You Will Be Re-Educated

It probably won’t get to 1976-1980 Veit Nam levels immediately, but America is on the slippery slope, and we citizens who care about this country don’t start standing up against this insidious evil, we will bear some of the blame. (a few excerpts below). mrossol

You Will Be Re-Educated

Radical agendas require clear villains to motivate their believers to act. Alex Zamalin, author of Anti-Racism: An Introduction, claims to have identified our moment’s greatest villain: “the ordinary white American who has sometimes tepidly, conditionally, equivocally, or even shamefully agreed with the unmistakable racist.” A similar tone of unmasking hidden villains pervades projects such as the New York Times’ new podcast series about schools, Nice White Parents. In one episode, reporter Chana Joffe-Walt states, “I think the only way you equalize schools is by recognizing this fact and trying wherever possible to suppress the power of white parents.

Once identified, white people are told they must “do the work” of ridding themselves of racist beliefs—even those beliefs they don’t know they have and so must be educated to see.  But to make people—especially stubborn people—“do the work” sometimes requires threats of coercion, which is why anti-racism’s reeducation efforts often flirt with authoritarian language and ideas while claiming little more than benevolent oversight of their presumably virtuous goal.

Writing in Politico, Kendi made this explicit: “To fix the original sin of racism, Americans should pass an anti-racist amendment to the U.S. Constitution that enshrines two guiding anti-racist principles: Racial inequity is evidence of racist policy and the different racial groups are equals.” The amendment would make what Kendi calls “racist ideas by public officials” unconstitutional. It would also “establish and permanently fund the Department of Anti-racism (DOA) comprised of formally trained experts on racism and no political appointees.”

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What a mess. can we get out?

Have not heard it spoken this directly in a while. Are enough people paying attention?? Absent our omnipotent, sovereign God, I fear our future.  mrossol 

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh
The Epoch Times.  September 14, 2020 Updated: September 15, 2020

The headline seems straightforward enough: “Portland woman accused of rioting faces both local and federal charges.” And the story amplifies: “a 29-year-old woman was arrested and federally charged for allegedly punching a Portland cop in the face during a riot in July. According to Justice Department court documents, Laurielle Yvette Aviles, of Portland, assaulted a police officer in an attempt to de-arrest a fellow rioter on July 3.”

There’s even a photo of the suspect, which is captioned, “A 29-year-old woman…” Then you look at the picture of “Laurielle Yvette,” see the acne, the mustache, and the beard, and all you can think of is the line from Austin Powers: that’s a man, baby.

Welcome to Krazytown, U.S.A., 2020, where an obvious biological male can claim to be a woman and the dutiful stenographers of the media repeat the equally obvious falsehood. (Other reports called Aviles a man, while the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in reporting a charge for felony civil disorder, didn’t take a side.) But with a full-frontal “critical theory” assault by the left on every facet and institution of American society, anything goes.

We used to laugh at things like the gradual modifications of the language (“vertically-challenged” instead of short, “chairperson” or simply “chair,” for chairman). In fact, comedian Bill Maher even had a show called Politically Incorrect from 1993 to 2002, in part to make fun of the trend toward PC.

But the Marxists of the Frankfurt School, who came to the United States as refugees from Hitler and stayed long enough to poison the minds of a generation and more of college students, understood that if you’re going to strike at the foundations of a society you loathe, you have to strike at them all, and the language was a good place to start. Everything from the American political system to the police to the justice system to the universities to the media, Hollywood and popular entertainment had to be assaulted, preferably simultaneously.

Which is exactly what is happening now. If a street fighter like Aviles wants to call himself a girl, so be it—but if he really is a biological woman there seems no evidence of it, and society should not be forced to humor his delusion under the pernicious non-virtue of “tolerance” bequeathed us by the Frankfurters. Especially when he’s punching a cop in the kisser.

But once you’ve become accustomed to doubting the evidence of your own senses—indeed, when your first instinct is to disbelieve them because you’ve internalized the punitive, nihilist relativism of the left—you’re a pushover for anything that comes next.

Rioting and Other Attacks

And so we have the left openly threatening even more intense rioting as we approach a critical presidential election they have all but promised to reject if they lose and try to steal in order to win—and yet they are trying to convince you that it’s President Trump who won’t go quietly should he lose.

Via a George Soros-funded front group called the Transition Integrity Project, they write: “We assess with a high degree of likelihood that November’s elections will be marked by a chaotic legal and political landscape. We also assess that the [sic] President Trump is likely to contest the result by both legal and extra-legal means, in an attempt to hold onto power.”

This is rich, coming from the party that has never accepted the results of the 2016 election, has fought a prolonged guerilla war in both the courts and the streets against Trump, sandbagged and continues to torture his first national security adviser, Mike Flynn, and impeached him over nothing on the say-so of a time bomb of a military officer who was lying in wait for him on the National Security Council. But then, the first rule of leftism is to hate your country and to believe the worst about it.

Don’t be fooled by the faux-national security phraseology (“we assess with a high degree of likelihood…”): allied thugs from Antifa and Black Lives Matter are currently actively involved in open insurrection in places like Portland and elsewhere. Meanwhile, the Democrats are hiding their candidate, the rapidly mentally deteriorating Joe Biden, by propping him up in his basement with a teleprompter and cue cards; and are mounting an unprecedented attack on the integrity of our electoral system under their usual deceptive rubric of “fairness.”

Meanwhile, it’s only a matter of time before they can no longer disguise or justify their elder abuse; even now they’re plotting their Torricelli Maneuver, in which they’ll yank Biden at the last minute and substitute either Kamala Harris or even Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket. Talk about an October Surprise.

But the attacks go beyond the political, to the personal. Until recently, workers at the Sandia National Labs in New Mexico, which handles important issues of nuclear technology and American national security, and elsewhere in the government were being subjected to the racist claptrap known as “critical race theory”—another love child of the Frankfurt School—turning them into re-education camps in which to browbeat white employers about such Marxist fantasies as “systemic racism” and “white privilege.”

The programs were an offshoot of what author Heather Mac Donald has called the “diversity delusion,” the notion that workplaces are somehow—they never quite specify how—improved by ethnic nose-counting and by stirring racial division, instead of by aptitude and merit. Upon learning about it, Trump wisely and immediately put a stop to such pernicious nonsense via executive order, calling it a “sickness” and “anti-American propaganda.”

Which it is—but that is precisely its point.

Blaming ‘Climate Change’

In the realm of nature, perfectly predictable wildfires in California during—wait for it—wildfire season have been exacerbated by the state’s insane “conservation” policies, which are precisely designed to make fires worse so that tinpots like Gov. Gavin Newsom can blame the pink elephant of “climate change.” Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi, last seen making an illegal visit to the beauty parlor in San Francisco, tells us that “Mother Nature is angry”—not just about the wildfires but also hurricanes (during hurricane season).

And it’s all our fault, of course.

And then there is the Great CCP Virus lockdown-and-muzzle harum-scarum. Long past the Chinese Communist Party virus’s peak—if it was designed as a biological weapon, it fizzled badly—and well past the point of any meaningful physical danger to the vast majority of the population, the left continues to use Covid-19 as an economic club with which to confine citizens to quarters, abrogate their right to peaceful assembly and free expression of religion, force them to wear a face mask, and beat the formerly roaring economy senseless.

“Two weeks to slow the spread,” they told us. But now it’s clear that, should the left win power, they will never let us go. As far as they are concerned, the “new normal” is here to stay, comrade.

If the colossal failure of the “experts” and most Democrat politicians who used flawed models and their innate taste for tyranny to wreak havoc on nations around the world don’t suffer severe professional consequences after the people finally come to their senses and realize we’ve all been had, then there really will be no justice, no peace.

Which is why it’s good to see a federal judge in Pennsylvania decide on Monday that Gov. Tom Wolf’s onerous lockdown regulations were unconstitutional. District judge William Stickman IV ruled that the governor’s orders violated the First Amendment’s right to peaceable assembly, and the due process and equal protection clauses of the 13th and 14th amendments.

Wrote Stickman: “the solution to a national crisis can never be permitted to supersede the commitment to individual liberty that stands as the foundation of the American experiment.”

‘Shook Up World’

And how’s that experiment faring? Just the other day, a so-far unidentified gunman coolly walked up to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s car in Compton and shot both the deputies inside; although badly wounded, they are expected to live. As the wounded officers were taken to a nearby hospital, a mob blockaded the emergency room and shouted, “We hope they die!”

To which the Sheriff, Alex Villanueva, commented: “It pisses me off. It dismays me at the same time.”

That’s his righteous indignation? A $100,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest—but it’s a measure of how defenseless and overlawyered a society we’ve become that that’s the best we can do. Back in the 1920s and ’30s a cop shooter would have been the object of a citywide manhunt, and most likely he would have gone down in a hail of vengeful gunfire.

But we’re more sophisticated today as we return to paganism and superstition. We believe that a guy with stubble makes a plausible female, that the Dreaded Covid will kill you if you’re having a beer in a bar with some pals but not if you’re all having dinner and a beer with the same guys at a table a few feet away. We believe that the exhaust from a car’s engine enrages the goddess Gaia, that whole swaths of cities being razed is non-violent protest (and besides we had it coming).

Most preposterous of all, we believe that a senile old man who blandly asserts that Edison did not invent the light bulb, snarls at people with the effrontery to challenge him, and takes prepared questions from the Democrat propagandists in the media in advance is a viable presidential candidate.

We believe that the laws of our republic are racist, the founders should be dug up and hanged, that black lives only matter when the police are involved, and that our most critical national-security institutions are better served by critical theory than expertise in nuclear physics.

Who are you going to believe—the Progressive Left or your lying eyes? As the Kinks sang in “Lola,” their classic song about a transvestite—“It’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world.”

We’d better get it straightened out, pronto.

Michael Walsh is the editor of The-Pipeline.org and the author of “The Devil’s Pleasure Palace” and “The Fiery Angel,” both published by Encounter Books. His latest book, “Last Stands,” a cultural study of military history from the Greeks to the Korean War, will be published in December by St. Martin’s Press.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/full-scale-assault-on-societys-foundations-gives-us-a-shook-up-world_3500118.html?ref=brief_Opinions&utm_source=morningbrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mb

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‘We Hope They Die’

This is “BLACK LIVES MATTER” – the movement/organization -in plain view. And the Democrat party is treating this movement with kid gloves. mrossol

WSJ 9/14/2020.

No one other than the shooter is responsible for the gunfire ambush Saturday of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies as they sat in their patrol car. But the same can’t be said for the protesters who blocked the entrance to the hospital where the two are being treated, and chanted “we hope they die.” The latter is a cultural poison nurtured by the left-wing anti-police movement sweeping the country.

The two deputies were “ambushed by a gunman in a cowardly fashion” in the Compton neighborhood, said Sheriff Alex Villaneuva at a press conference. The deputies hadn’t been identified by name as we write this, but press reports say one is a 31-year-old mother and the other a 24-year-old man. Both have been with the department a little more than a year.

 

Police haven’t identified a suspect, but the randomness of the ambush suggests someone looking for any available police target. We’ve seen this before when anti-police fever is hot. A gunman shot and killed two officers in their car in New York in 2014 following the death of black suspects being arrested in Ferguson, Mo., and New York.

The protests are worse this year following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the anti-police violence is more widespread. An officer was stabbed in the neck in Flatbush in New York City in an ambush in June. The officer survived.

 
 

Democratic mayor Eric Garcetti called the chants and protests at the hospital “unacceptable” and “abhorrent,” but he and other Democrats need to do more to condemn and ostracize these protesters. Democrats may fear the wrath of Black Lives Matter, but the backlash elsewhere in America will be far greater if pleasure at cop killing becomes common on the left.

Policing reform is impossible amid a war on police. Mr. Garcetti and other mayors should abandon their cuts to law-enforcement budgets and express regular solidarity for cops on the beat. Without such a signal, police will continue to retreat from enforcing the law in crime-ridden neighborhoods, and those who suffer most will be the law-abiding in the likes of Compton and Flatbush.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/we-hope-they-die-11600031160

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