Those who enjoyed Cathy Newman's recent interview of Jordan Peterson are on solid ground and need not listen to any of the whining that has followed the exchange. The interview was everything that it should have been and this was due to the fact that two very assertive and competent personalities were on full display
Our state-guided slide into far-left totalitarianism is coming along beautifully. The downtrodden and mediocre are successfully shouting down, elbowing aside, and bullying out of employment anyone who might get in the way of achieving the end goal, whatever it might be. They tell us it's all in the name of benevolence and so it must be good. Our state broadcaster - the CBC - is still completely behind the revolution and sends out daily blasts of morale-boosting virtue-signals that devoted followers are free to recycle and use for themselves. You have no idea how uplifting it can be for a resentful, empty-headed, and dreary personality to be able to proudly proclaim, "Diversity is our strength".
During his national town hall tour in January of this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a stop in Peterborough, Ontario where a distraught woman tearfully recounted that her electricity bills were now greater than her mortgage payments. Despite working more than 75 hours a week, the woman, Kathy Katula, said she feared losing her home and that, despite earning $50,000 a year, she was now, “living in energy poverty.” Katula asked Trudeau how he could justify imposing a carbon tax on people like her who are struggling to keep their heads above water.
I cannot be the only one who spent decades carrying the false assumption that a PhD carried with it an earned air of authority and intellectual superiority. And, I cannot be the only one who now thinks that all that a PhD really suggests is that the possessor simply hung around school for way too long. The result of this extended loitering on the taxpayer's dime appears to be that the student is eventually transformed back into an infant, just at the point when they should be heading out into the world to contribute something of value to the economy. Now when I see the PhD designation attached to an article, or some far-left propaganda, I wonder two things: What kind of hysterical bullshit is about to follow? And, how much has this extended childhood cost the taxpayer?
In prosperous and peaceful times it might very well be possible to have a narcissistic man-child run your country for a short period of time and not cause too much damage. Or at least it could be possible if sufficient restraints were put into place. This seems to not be the case, though, and Trudeau's distain for the common people, common human instincts and common sense has reached a new low
In George Orwell's 1937 book, The Road to Wigan Pier, we are given a thorough and detailed account of the working and living conditions of coal miners in the North of England just before the Second World War. Orwell spent time underground with the miners and he correctly described the work as "savage". He wrote that if he were to attempt the job for a living, it would likely kill him within a few weeks. He might have been correct about this, as each man underground moved nearly two tons of coal per hour, by hand, with pick and shovel, while working in areas where it was impossible to stand up straight.
I was busy at work today - apparently not busy enough - and had a look at my Twitter feed. This was a mistake, as something severely disturbing immediately jumped out at me. The offending item was a photo of our celebrity Prime Minister, bawling hysterically, over the death of a single individual in his fifties who had brain cancer. It was roughly one hour later that I decided that I could not let this go and that I would have to write about it.
Readers of the above statement will likely fall into one of two categories: those who knew this all along, and those who will find the statement absurd. I am putting this argument out there for the latter category and hopefully it will be read with an open mind. If you are the type of person who does not have the ability to question their own beliefs, and prefer the comfort of an echo-chamber, then this piece is probably not for you. I will offer only one caveat on my position: Donald Trump will only turn out to be more dangerous in the short-term if he blunders his way into a nuclear war.
There has not been a more acute feeling of political instability that I can remember in my life than there is in the current zeitgeist. I am slightly too young to have experienced the Cuban Missile Crisis but old enough to remember the fall of the Berlin Wall - I was an adult at that time. The fall of the Berlin Wall should have inspired me to study Communism. It didn't though, and as a result, my knowledge in this area is still lacking. I've been catching up over the last decade and I have now read some good writing on the topic. Both Robert Conquest and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn have written enough volume and quality to give anyone a pretty good understanding of what real Communism looks like, and reading them both has been a serious education. Not reading them in my twenties was a serious omission.
It is hard to say when I first suspected that Justin Trudeau's combination of charm, charisma, and crowd-pleasing might become a problem. I suppose it likely began when I noticed that the CBC began fawning on him as soon as he became the leader of the Liberal Party. I say this because by that time, the once great CBC had morphed into an identity-politics echo-chamber
I am a Canadian who has travelled frequently to the U.S. for decades. I like the people and I like their country and obviously that is why I keep going back. Americans have always struck me as courageous innovators who do everything on a grand scale. I still remember my first time in San Francisco and being impressed by the sheer scale and volume of everything. I remember thinking to myself that Americans really know how to build and know how to live and that it was no accident
Anyone who follows politics closely is well aware of the deep divisions between the Far Left and the Far Right. And while our cherished public broadcaster is thorough and aggressive in rooting out bizarre and extreme behaviour on the Right, as it should be, we hear next to nothing from them on the Far Left. I say next to nothing when in actuality I see nothing at all from them on the Far Left; although, I am holding out hope that I am mistaken and that someone will come along and correct me.