With so much of the news cycle being understandably dominated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it's been easy to miss some of the insanity continuing to come out of Canada.
On the ground, the Freedom Convoy is no more, and the use of the Emergencies Act was finally revoked by Justin Trudeau. The Canadian PM only did so after facing intense scrutiny for seeking its renewal despite the protests being over.
But even though things have calmed down, Trudeau continues to push for his dystopian dream. In a recent speech, he gave a bizarre and revealing rant on “democracy” in which he suggested that it is anti-democratic for a government to not censor free speech.
Trudeau: "we see a bit of a slippage in our democracies. Countries turning towards slightly more authoritarian leaders. Countries allowing increasing misinformation and disinformation to be shared on social media"https://t.co/cTm6cKHpsA pic.twitter.com/N98bF9qTFS— Efron Monsanto 🇨🇦🚜🚛 (@realmonsanto) March 5, 2022
I find this incredibly revealing and instructive, not just about Trudeau's asinine, authoritarian views, but also about how the distortion of “democracy” has become so pervasive throughout the West. It is completely Orwellian to suggest that it is “authoritarian” for countries to not centrally control the flow of information, dictating what people can or can't say under the guise of stopping “misinformation.” Yet, that view has become orthodoxy among the world's elites.
I use the term “elites” for a reason because these are people who truly believe they know best and have a moral right to rule over their subjects. They justify doing so by claiming that the democratic system itself is at stake if they aren't granted such absolute power. According to them, if the rubes are allowed to protest and share memes on Facebook, the entire world order might collapse, and if it takes a little tyranny to ensure their cush positions in society intact, so be it. Go read a few articles on the World Economic Forum's website if you want an idea of how insanely totalitarian these people are.
The manipulation occurring is a sight to behold, and we've seen the same thing with proclamations about “democracy” in the United States. Democrats continue to make the argument that if the country's elections aren't federalized, allowing the legalization of ballot harvesting and outlawing of voter ID (among many other ridiculous provisions), our “democracy” will simply cease to exist. Again, it's completely Orwellian to claim that democracy can only exist in a system rigged for one-party rule by a centralized government, but the pursuit of power is the point, not logical consistency.
Finally, lest there be any argument that stopping “misinformation” is a cause worthy of extreme, liberty-crushing measures, it must be pointed out that the term is simply a misnomer used by governments to justify suppression of free speech. Yesterday's “misinformation” is often today's reality. We've seen that play out again and again, from the efficacy of masks to Hunter Biden's laptop. Government officials are in no position to decide what is worthy of being shared among the populace, nor are they actually trying to do so in good faith. Rather, censorship is just another tool to push far-left, partisan ends.
Trudeau may be one of the more honest Western leaders on this topic, but he's hardly the only one who believes in regressive ideas of liberty. Be warned, because this is a battle that is going to escalate further in ostensibly free societies.