Horgan's Heroes: The B.C. NDP & Their Attack on Freedom
by Jonathon Kneeland
When you vote, what are you actually voting for? You would think that voting would be a simple matter of voting for your interests or the interests of those you care about. It could also be the case that you might use your vote to take a stand against something. In the case of our last provincial election, I voted for the B.C. NDP because I had a very strong and persistent gut feeling that the other option, the party in power, the B.C. Liberal party, was full of corruption. I suspected that this corruption took the form of real estate and money laundering scams. I have no proof of any of this; but then, I don't need any proof to make my own voting decisions.
I didn't really want to vote for the NDP. My wife and mother had both warned me that the party leader, John Horgan, presented like an imbecile and was impossible to vote for. This accusation gained credibility shortly after the 59 year-old was elected and publically used the terms "lit" and "woke" while trying to peddle some electoral reform scheme – it failed, thankfully. I could live with having just one more imbecile in public office, and this seemed to me a reasonable concession to get rid of what I felt was an awful clique of well connected crooks.
I dislike corruption a lot. Corruption can range from irritating to devastating for a society and it always undermines trust in our public institutions. If a politician's views were in perfect alignment with my own, but he turned out to be corrupt, I would dump him in a second. I take corruption seriously and I'm always baffled by people who remain loyal to corrupt politicians in a show of primitive tribalism. I once got into a discussion with a Trump supporter on Twitter and managed to get him to admit that there's nothing Trump could do that would diminish his loyalty. I'm very thankful that my brain doesn't work like his.
So here we are. I voted for the B.C. NDP and they're now in power. They claim to be for the working-class and I'm of the working-class. They are supported by the labour unions and I'm a union member. They claim to want affordable housing. I own my property but would be content to see a cooling of the market so that more young people could get in. They say they want to tackle our homelessness and drug addiction problem, and I'm tired of navigating homeless drug addicts, tents, and discarded needles while walking to work. If you're of the working-class and have a sense of social responsibility, you might think that the B.C. NDP is your best voting option, but you'd be wrong, as was I. Like most things that are strategically marketed, political parties aren't quite what they want you to imagine they are. And as it turns out, the corruption that I thought I was helping to get rid of has been replaced by something far more sinister and dangerous for working people – an assault on our freedom.
My freedom is even more important to me than stopping money laundering or real estate scams. I can deal with those minor annoyances later. My freedom is everything to me. The ability to tell the truth and to speak freely is the foundation of the ability to solve all the other problems that we might face in our society. In fact, the inability of citizens to speak up and tell the truth has been the root cause of decay and ruin and the eventual murder of hundreds of millions of people. Humanity has experience this and the record is there to see. A politician or activist who demands that you lie or that you refrain from telling the truth must be given your full attention.
In the Soviet Union alone, under Joseph Stalin, tens of millions of people were murdered, tortured, imprisoned or exiled. Perhaps the most well known writer on this topic, and himself a victim of the lies of the Soviet Union, was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. In his 1974 essay, Live Not by Lies – dated the same day the secret police arrested him – he had this to say about the role of lies in decay and ruin:
“When violence intrudes into peaceful life, its face glows with self-confidence, as if it were carrying a banner and shouting: “I am violence. Run away, make way for me — I will crush you.” But violence quickly grows old. And it has lost confidence in itself, and in order to maintain a respectable face it summons falsehood as its ally — since violence can conceal itself with nothing except lies, and the lies can be maintained only by violence. And violence lays its ponderous paw not every day and not on every shoulder. It demands from us only obedience to lies and daily participation in lies — all loyalty lies in that.
And the simplest and most accessible key to our self-neglected liberation lies right here: Personal non-participation in lies. Though lies conceal everything, though lies embrace everything, we will be obstinate in this smallest of matters: Let them embrace everything, but not with any help from me.
This opens a breach in the imaginary encirclement caused by our inaction. It is the easiest thing to do for us, but the most devastating for the lies. Because when people renounce lies it simply cuts short their existence. Like an infection, they can exist only in a living organism.
We do not exhort ourselves. We have not sufficiently matured to march into the squares and shout the truth out loud or to express aloud what we think. It’s not necessary.
It’s dangerous. But let us refuse to say that which we do not think.”
The Third Reich also killed millions of people and dragged the whole word into war. This also happened under the spell of lies. In 1930's Germany, Victor Klemperer, an intellectual who kept detailed diaries during Hitler's reign, wrote this:
“I also know that a part of every intellectual’s soul belongs to the people, that all my awareness of being lied to, and my critical attentiveness, are of no avail when it comes to it: at some point the printed lie will get the better of me when it attacks from all sides and is queried by fewer and fewer around me and finally by no one at all.”
Obviously, there is no place in Canada that is anything like a Stalin era Soviet Union or a 1930s Germany. But this is no reason to let your guard down. In other countries that are very similar to ours, we currently have examples of increasing violence and unrest that are the direct result of not heeding Solzhenitsyn's very serious warning.
The UK is very similar to Canada. They currently have one of the highest rates of acid attacks in the world. They have barely begun to untangle the national disgrace know as the Rotherham Child Rape Scandal. There was recently a long stretch of time where they were averaging a machete attack every ninety minutes. Some teachers and students are wearing stab-proof vests to school due to frequent knife crime. Attacks on gays are sharply on the rise as are attacks on Jews. And yes, there are such things as "no-go areas", where decent citizens dare not go for fear of deadly violence.
Most of the current problems in the UK are the end result of decades of enforced political correctness. Political correctness is a euphemism for lies or deceit by omission. In order to stay politically correct, you must tell yourself and others conscious lies about things that will affect your society now and in the future. You are also prohibited from making statements that you know to be true. This is totalitarian and the decay that it inevitably must cause is playing out as we speak.
The inability to tell the truth and to discuss problems honestly leads to the most insulting and obscenely stupid statements from politicians. For example, in London, instead of asking why so many young people are trying to kill each other, the mayor instead embarks on an absurd and hopeless campaign to make sharp object illegal. Instead of asking why so many people are attacking their victims with acid in order to blind and permanently disfigure them, officials discuss limiting the public sale of cleaning products. Some problems are so obvious that political leaders don't even bother to try and change the subject; instead, they sweep them under the rug and threaten anyone who brings them up with financial and social ruin – this would be the Rotherham Scandal. When that mess is all sorted out, at least a few police and some public officials had better be rotting in prison. And perhaps, like Solzhenitsyn, while they are sitting in prison, they'll come to the realization that what got them there was their complicity in a series of conscious and widespread lies.
Of course Britain is still nothing like Stalin's Soviet Union, and Canada is nothing like Britain, as far as machete or acid attacks go, yet. But if we're not careful we're all going to be a little more like them than we want to be, and no one can accurately predict where we might eventually end up. If you read history at all, and with any interest, you should be immune to the false sense of security that people are inclined to feel about their own little corner of the world. "That'll never happen here..." is not an uncommon sentiment. Czesław Miłosz, the great Polish Intellectual and man who actually witnessed the Red Army march into Warsaw in 1945, responded to this universal error in this way:
“His first stroll along a street littered with glass from bomb-shattered windows shakes his faith in the "naturalness" of his world. The wind scatters papers from hastily evacuated offices, papers labeled "Confidential" or "Top Secret" that evoke visions of safes, keys, conferences, couriers, and secretaries. Now the wind blows them through the street for anyone to read; yet no one does, for each man is more urgently concerned with finding a loaf of bread.”
The lies that the B.C. NDP want you to tell on their behalf might seem harmless enough for now. But when you begin to explore the implications of the lies you find that they do actually have real world negative implications. Let's explore one example. The VP of the B.C. NDP states that a man who claims to be a woman is actually a woman and that it is a crime to say differently. You might think that this is okay. And on the surface it seems harmless enough. However, we very quickly find out that the real world implications of this idea are things such as: men entering women's sports (and injuring women as well as excluding them from the podium); entering women's shelters and women's prisons (and sexually assaulting women); using women's changing rooms (and secretly taking pictures of women while they change); and wasting precious medical resources by inviting men who dress as women for cervical smear tests so as not to hurt anyone's feeling by excluding them.
As it turns out, these lies are not harmless. And the B.C. NDP demands that you believe them and that you help spread them. Just as with the lies told in Stalin's Soviet Union, we're told that these are good lies and we're spreading them for good reasons. This is always the case with totalitarianism and its techniques. These lies are good and only an evil person would refuse to help spread them. And of course, refusal to go along is met with threats from the state. Here is the B.C. NDP VP making thinly veiled threats of financial ruin and prison for dissenting voices:
Perhaps the VP of the B.C. NDP doesn't realize that he is setting a terrible trap for himself. He claims to be an advocate for human rights. If you are genuinely for human rights then you would never attempt to stifle the speech of others. The short sightedness of the B.C. NDP is appalling here, and I can only conclude that they don't actually care about human rights at all and are only interested in short term power. There will no doubt come a time, as is already happening in other countries, where a terrible anti-civilization ideology will become the norm and perhaps the majority. It will be illegal to criticize the ideology even though it contains the most violent and brutal behaviour towards gays, Jews, trans people, women and nonbelievers. It will be too late to suddenly say that we want our right to criticize ideas back. We'll have given this right away already and without a fight. Now what? It is very clear that I care more about Morgane Oger's rights than Morgane Oger does.
The vehicle that the B.C. NDP is hoping to use to take away your rights and impose lies on citizens is the Human Rights Tribunal. Their VP threatens citizens with this instrument very frequently and the threat of financial ruin is enough to keep most people quiet most of the time. It is odd that they would use something called a Human Rights Tribunal to take away your human rights; but then, we do live in Orwellian times. And is it any surprise that the B.C. NDP has vowed to create even more taxpayer funded human rights organizations? The human rights industry will grow in Canada, and to feed the growing appetite of this growing industry we will need to seize the assets of heretics, non-believers, and dissidents. And just like Stalin's Soviet Union, we will need to keep expanding the definition of prohibited speech so that we can create a growing supply of targets to feed the new machinery.
It's already been established that the state is using its power, through human rights tribunals, to remove your right to freely criticize ideas and to force you to lie. But it actually gets even more sinister than that. When I was young, it was an established etiquette that those who did not want to handle your genitals could simply decline, either politely or very tersely. The only way to get someone to handle your genitals was for you to make yourself attractive enough in one way or another so that you might find a willing and hopefully enthusiastic accomplice. This apparently is no longer the case. There is a man, in Canada, who unsuccessfully pestered females to wax his genitals. My own assumption is that this is the only way that this awful misfit was ever going to experience an opposite sex interaction involving any state of undress. He could have easily found businesses that were willing to serve him and indeed he was provided contact information for such services. But no, he insisted that unwilling females handle his genitals. When this failed to materialize, he filed sixteen human rights complaints against working-class women with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. So, in addition to being the lie enforcement tool of the state, the HRT has been put into service as a tool to remove the rights of women to select when, where, and with whom they perform intimate services. I used to be a strong proponent for legalized sex work; however, I now really wonder what we might be getting ourselves into as a society.
I have no doubt that we will be expected to swallow and spread even more lies as the human rights industry grows. And it must be the case that the B.C. NDP thinks that Canadians are extremely gullible and passive, in that they will quietly sit by and accept the absurd notion that in a country as welcoming, friendly, and decent as Canada, there is a dire need for even more taxpayer funded human rights organizations. Perhaps we are passive and gullible. But I do know that the whole history of humanity has been one long struggle for common people to escape tyranny, domination and brutality. I suspect that many Canadians will not sit passively by and let such a fraudulent and mediocre crew twist us into liars, complicit in our own destruction.
Premier Horgan, I'm a citizen. I pay my taxes, follow all our laws, donate blood, and rescue stranded animals if I happen across them. How dare you attempt to bully me into lying for you and threaten me with financial ruin or prison for refusing to go along? I think you're disgraceful and I think you actually care nothing for the long-term health of our society. I think that you're a fraud, like all the frauds before you and all those who will come after you. I think it’s imperative that the citizens of British Columbia remove you from power as soon as humanly possible. You're far worse than the last set of crooks that were there.