The West has betrayed freedom and will get less than nothing in return. From Matt Taibbi at racket.news:
Westerners once endlessly propagandized “freedom” as the ultimate democratic virtue. Now, in fear of revolt, the leaders of these countries are mounting an opposite campaign
Justin Trudeau might have a “too much freedom” problem, but that doesn’t mean anyone else does.
“Freedom cannot exist without order.” — Canadian Justice Paul Rouleau
The Honorable Justice Paul Rouleau’s “Report of the Public Inquiry into the 2022 Public Order Emergency,” an analysis of Justin Trudeau’s decision to institute Canada’s Emergencies Act and seize funds during last year’s trucker protests, blasted across Canadian media this weekend, reduced to a handful of headlines. As has become the norm in Western media, language was nearly identical:
- Trudeau’s ‘Freedom Convoy’ shutdown was justified, inquiry rules – Politico
- Canada’s use of emergency powers during ‘Freedom Convoy’ met threshold, commissioner says – Reuters
- Federal government met the threshold to invoke Emergencies Act: Rouleau – CBC
Rouleau’s report is clearly written by a man with mixed feelings. On one hand, he agreed “the Government did not have a realistic prospect of productively engaging” with those who “believed COVID-19 vaccines were part of a vast global conspiracy to depopulate the planet.” At the same time, Rouleau refused to confine “misinformation and disinformation” to protesters:
Protest organizers’ mistrust of government officials was reinforced by unfair generalizations from some public officials that suggested all protesters were extremists… Where there was misinformation and disinformation about the protests, it was prone to amplification in news media… The fact that protesters could be at once both the victims and perpetrators of misinformation simply shows how pernicious misinformation is in modern society.