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February 5, 2022

The Canadian Regime Confronts a Truck-o-lution

Filed under: CoronaCrisis,Politics — cpirrong @ 12:39 pm

The Canadian regime’s response to the truck-o-lution continues to amaze and disgust. And yesterday its fundamentally fascist–in the strict, not rhetorical sense–nature was revealed.

Yesterday Ottawa Police announced that it was going full China social credit system to investigate the truckers:

You should really read the entire thread. The “intelligence operations” involve collecting “financial, digital, vehicle registration, driver identification, insurance status, and other related evidence that will be used in criminal prosecutions.”

Thoroughgoing domestic surveillance, in other words. One example of the literal fascism.

And no doubt the “authorities” (read “authoritarians”) have infiltrated the truckers. (Maybe carrying suspect flags. Just sayin’!) But governments never infiltrate and manipulate protest movements, right? Who would even suggest such a thing!

And the media–not just Canadian, but US and world media–have reliably functioned as an echo chamber and amplifier of Canadian government propaganda that labels the protestors as fascists, Nazis, white supremacists, racists, misogynists and every other kind of baddie you could name.

Based on what evidence exactly? They oppose the government, and its COVID-related policies in particular. QED! After all, only fascists, Nazis, white supremacists, racists, misogynists and every other kind of baddie you could name would hold such retrograde anti-social(ist) opinions.

The other “evidence” is the few flags and the supposed desecration of a war memorial. About the flags: who was carrying them? Putting aside the obvious logical problem with extrapolating the views of 10s of thousands of individuals from those whom Three Finger Brown could have counted on one hand (with a finger left over), how can anyone be sure that those carrying the flags were part of the protest at all? And numbers matter: Canadian flags outnumber dodgy ones by orders of magnitude. About the memorial: First, interesting, isn’t it, that leftists are suddenly so solicitous of the sanctity of monuments, especially to white war heroes? Second, it was hardly defaced, in the way that say statues of Grant, Lincoln, or others like Hans Heg were defaced–destroyed, actually. It was festooned with a hat and a sign. Oh! The humanity!

In sum, the “evidence” is non-existent. Instead, the Canadian regime and its media lackeys are engaged in mass ad hominem attack and guilt by assertion and association (where the association isn’t even proved!)

Lockstep media repetition of regime propaganda–check another fascism box.

The third box is the fusion of state and corporate power. Yesterday, GoFundMe (GoFuckMe would be more accurate) not only terminated the truckers’ fund raising through GFM, it seized the nearly $10 million already raised, and said it would redistribute the money to other charities. The basis for this action? “Evidence” allegedly supplied by Ottawa Police showing that the protests weren’t protests dontcha know, but were an illegal occupation. So, the cops make an allegation, and GFM acts as judge and jury, and basically implements civil asset forfeiture. AKA state sanctioned theft.

So far, the iron triangle of regime, media, and corporations has not broken the will of the protestors. Indeed, the Prairies are also on fire (in freezing temperatures), and the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan have announced termination of COVID mandates. Truckers are also gathering in Quebec and moving on Quebec City. Farmers are joining in.

This will no doubt spur the regime into taking more active–and violent–measures. It is crucial that the protestors not take the bait and thereby validate the government narrative. Civil disobedience. If the authorities want a Selma in the snow, turn the other cheek.

It is ironic that the Canadian regime is so vocal in its support for Ukraine, but is freaking out over its own Maidan. And who knows, maybe it could turn into Bucharest circa December, 1989. But that would require the little Castroite (and maybe Castro!) to make a public speech to the crowd. And L’il Justin is still in hiding so that ain’t happening.

What is going on in Canada is the most visible symptom of the conflict between the ruling class and those they presume to rule. Why it is occurring in Canada is an interesting sociological question which I hope to explore in future posts. But the divide revealed in Canada is present throughout the world, so I doubt this will be the last such confrontation. And the sooner the better.

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  1. Have you read J K Galbraith’s memoire “The non-potable Scotch”? He may not have been much of an economist but he certainly could write.

    In his day the French Canadians seem to have kept themselves to themselves so the big divide in Canadian society was between the Scots and the English.

    I have to say that this is a forceful demonstration of the fact that change is not necessarily progress.

    (P.S. Today’s result in the Six Nations rugby at Murrayfield: Scotland 20, England 17. Just thought I’d mention it in case Mr Worstall drops by.)

    Comment by dearieme — February 5, 2022 @ 1:41 pm

  2. well, I might as well – TRUCK TRUDEAU

    he’s disappeared somewhere


    An Israeli doctor says: “Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a man’s testicle out of one man, put them in another, and have him looking for work in 6 weeks.”

    A German doctor says: “That is nothing; in Germany we can take part of a brain out of one person, put it in another, and have him looking for work in 4 weeks.”

    A Russian doctor says: “In my country, medicine is so advanced that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have them both looking for work in 2 weeks.”

    A Canadian doctor, not to be outdone, says: “You guys are way behind…… 4 years ago we just took a man with NO brain, no heart and no balls and made him Prime Minister, and now the whole country is looking for work.

    Comment by elmer — February 6, 2022 @ 11:37 am

  3. Full-throated cheers from me for the Canucks taking a stand against tyranny.

    My only suggestion would be that, if the authorities continue to go full-retard-authoritarian, the solution is one which the Poles used forty or so years ago. Simply refuse to work beyond what is absolutely necessary. Participate as little as you can. Withdraw your consent and your labour – and the wealth that you produce – from a corrupt and hostile system.

    I’ve been doing this for almost a decade now here in Oz. Hasn’t had any effect on the system – of course! – but I hope I’m setting an example, and truly I’ve never lived better or happier in all senses.

    Allez les Canucks!

    Comment by Ex-Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — February 6, 2022 @ 1:06 pm

  4. A poll a few days ago found that 46% of Canadians oppose what the truckers are doing vs 31% who approve (and a big chunk remaining who don’t know or don’t care). Or put another way, 54% either support the truckers or apparently don’t mind what the truckers are doing. I’d have thought that, faced with that kind of public sentiment, any government with an interest in getting re-elected wouldn’t like to be seen using the sort of tactics that separation-of-powers was invented to protect against. Not much leadership on display here.

    I think the Anglophone world has forgotten that protests used to be how things got done, and they’re panicking rather than simply doing their job, which his to do what the people bloody well tell them to! Obviously you can’t give into blackmail from non-representative groups (Antifa springs to mind), but 31-54% is hardly non-representative.

    Comment by HibernoFrog — February 7, 2022 @ 3:51 am

  5. One thing extra: I must thank the truckers for causing me to learn of the wonderful notion that Justin Trudeau is the bastard son of Fidel Castro. That had me chuckling for much of a morning. It’s like the yarn about Obama’s wife.

    Who invents these brilliant fictions (if fictions they be)?

    Comment by dearieme — February 7, 2022 @ 9:58 am

  6. Completely agree that Gofundme caved to state sanctioned theft. Bitcoin users are routing around the state and its corporate lackeys.

    $380k raised for the truckers so far by just one grass roots bitcoin effort.

    No gov’t can stop these payments. Not in Canada or from supporters across borders.

    The Canadian Bitcoin community would like to have a second financial access point for #FreedomConvoy2022. Legacy financial infrastructure can sometimes be politicized and clamped down upon, whereas Bitcoin is a truly censorship resistant method of communicating value. Don’t allow your voices to be silenced, and don’t allow your financial sovereignty to be trampled upon.

    Comment by IA — February 7, 2022 @ 10:51 am

  7. They say they’ll arrest anyone giving food or fuel to the truckers. They just make the law up as they go along.

    The courts are going to be clogged up for years by appeals against covid arrests, fines and even detention.

    I can guess who they’ll blame for that too.

    Comment by philip — February 7, 2022 @ 2:33 pm

  8. I assume the Canuck truckers own their own rigs. The industry in Europe is much more concentrated and nearly all HGV drivers are employees.

    Comment by philip — February 7, 2022 @ 2:41 pm

  9. The Canadian authorities have declared a state of emergency. I’m the last one to go in for conspiracy theories, but oh my god, WHAT an abuse of emergency powers…

    Comment by HibernoFrog — February 8, 2022 @ 7:14 am

  10. Didn’t Stalin crack under the effect of Operation Barbarossa and hide himself away for some time? I can’t imagine why this comparison came to mind.

    Comment by dearieme — February 8, 2022 @ 2:14 pm

  11. I donated.

    Love the Canadian Honkeys

    Comment by Joel — February 8, 2022 @ 3:35 pm

  12. Hiberno: Not much leadership on display here.

    Well, there’s as much leadership as you would expect from a failed drama teacher and snowboard instructor. You would think that a government would be interested in public opinion, but this one isn’t. The ‘right people’ agree with the government (and that’s all that matters), the Canadian public has a remarkably short attention span, and the media are reliably in the government’s pocket. They have a recently-established mandate, so they don’t have to go to the polls for another four years, and by then the talking heads will have convinced voters that our little popinjay bravely withstood ‘a savage assault on our democracy’ or some-such.
    There is no more cynical, manipulative, venal, corrupt, self-interested creature on the planet than a Canadian Liberal party politician. Justin isn’t even the worst of ’em, although I’ll grant he’s right up there.

    Comment by dcardno — February 9, 2022 @ 12:14 pm

  13. I proposed an extremely simple test to verify the true nature of street protests. We should not rely on the opinion of engaged observers and journalists who might simply reflect their vested interest. Instead, we must follow those who vote with their wallet, that is the owners of retail businesses in the vicinity. Just take a look if they board up their windows or not, and it tells you everything you wanted to know. My friends in Ottawa confirm there is remotely similar to boarded up shops (unlike what I saw in DC in 2020)

    Comment by Boris Lvin — February 9, 2022 @ 3:08 pm

  14. @Boris–Very good observation.

    Comment by cpirrong — February 9, 2022 @ 5:52 pm

  15. @dearieme. Yes, Stalin did crack and was in hiding for a week or 10 days. But that’s about all he and Justin have in common.

    Comment by cpirrong — February 9, 2022 @ 5:53 pm

  16. @dearieme. There is a basis for this allegation/hypothesis. Margaret Trudeau was enamored with Castro.<\a> And there is some facial similarity.

    Comment by cpirrong — February 9, 2022 @ 5:56 pm

  17. @dearieme–To put it differently, Margaret had motive and opportunity.

    Comment by cpirrong — February 13, 2022 @ 2:44 pm

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