New Free Speech Mandate And Why it Matters

 

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Watch: Students react to most outrageous cases of campus censorship

Sheridan College, which has campuses in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville, has announced that as of Jan 1, 2019 they will be adopting a new free speech policy.

Although faculty, students and staff are free to criticize, contest and condemn the views expressed on campus, they may not obstruct, disrupt, or otherwise interfere with the freedom of others to express views they reject or even loath, – Sheridan college’s statement of principles.

The free speech policy consists of five core elements:

— A definition of freedom of speech

— A commitment to allow open discussion and free inquiry.

— A statement that it is not the college’s role to shield members of the college community from ideas they disagree with.

— A statement that while members of the college community are free to contest the views of others, they must also respect the rights of others to express their views.

— An affirmation that speech that violates the law is not allowed.
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This is all after the Ontario provincial government mandated all University and College campuses to adopt strong free speech policies by the new year otherwise they would face funding cuts. This coming after a series of disturbing breaches to free speech on campuses across the country. This demonstrates a real divide in the country since the election of US president Donald Trump. There are those among us who have decided that free speech enables hate speech. And that advocating for free speech is simply apologizing for deplorable speech.
Now, if you’re among those who have been pretty tuned out of the free speech debate over the last few years then this all may seem like just more political rhetoric. If you’re reacting to this like my friend Rob, “Umm, I’m pretty sure that’s because free speech was already protected in Ontario and this is just virtue signalling to the triggered ‘kids these days’ crowd,” then allow me to highlight just some of the things that have been happening and entertain the trickle down effect campus culture has on the rest of our culture.

Watch: TVO, The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Freedom of Expression on Campus

1. Lindsay Shepherd vs Laurier University.

It all started when Lindsay Shepherd, a WLU T.A. who was teaching a grammar class, showed a clip from the TVO show, The Agenda with Steve Paiken. This episode happened to feature Jordan Peterson at the peak of his bill C-16 controversy. The episode was discussing the gender based pronouns. After Shepherd played the clip she was notified by her professor that she was to meet him for a meeting as apparently there had been one or more complaints made against Shepherd. Suspecting she was being hauled in over the video she showed she decided it would be a good idea to record the meeting.
It was a good thing she did because if she hadn’t, no one would believe her outlandish story about her professor accusing her of showing off nazi propaganda. The recording Lindsay leaked revealed her professors accusing her of being irresponsible for exposing the students to the content in a neutral manner. He went on to criticise that it was like neutrally playing something from Hitler or Milo Yiannopoulos. Basically she was being disciplined for not attempting to shape the students opinion. However Lindsay pushed back to say that the role of the University was in fact to challenge students values and perspectives.
Watch: Benjamin A Boyce created a series of video critiques following Laurier
Once the story blew up in the public TVO had the WLU president and vice-chancellor, Deborah MacLatchy, on to discuss the matter. However throughout the, over 14 minute, interview she refused to outright say that Lindsay had done nothing wrong. An independent third party investigation was launched and it found that there had been no complaint made and that the grounds for Ms. Shepherd’s disciplining was baseless.
But that didn’t stop the University from continuing to mistreat Ms. Shepherd. She was reassigned to another professor who was simply vicious with her and was more than happy to create a toxic workplace for Shepherd. Until eventually she had nullified Shepherd’s role as T.A. for the remainder of the year. Harassment of her peers and students went un-mediated as Shepherd first attempted to hold a Q&A with guest speaker Faith Goldy but had the event shut down when students pulled the fire alarm. In a second attempt to host the event with Mrs. Goldy the University itself demanded a security fee of $28,500 before allowing the event to proceed. And then when they were unable to accumulate the funds demanded, they were denied their request to host the event.
Lindsay Shepherd is currently suing Wilfred Laurier for their ongoing mistreatment of her. 
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2. Valerie Flokstra vs University of the Fraser Valley

Watch: Benjamin A Boyce Interviews Valerie Flokstra

Students were told premature births were contributing to increased autism diagnoses. Flokstra questioned whether high abortion rates in Canada could be playing a role, citing studies showing a link between abortion and later premature births.

Asking that made the classroom an unsafe space, the 22-year old was told.

Flokstra covertly recorded the hour-long meeting with Prof. Nancy Norman, in whose class the incident took place, and Prof. Vandy Britton, the head of the teacher education department. Fearing academic reprisal, she waited until after graduation to share the audio. She now works as a teacher at a British Columbia private school.

Flokstra’s ordeal has numerous similarities to what former Wilfrid Laurier University graduate student Lindsay Shepherd experienced last year. In fact, Flokstra credits Shepherd’s ordeal with motivating her to record the meeting in the first place.

Much like with Shepherd, Flokstra’s professors attempt to couch offensive recommendations with an “I’m on your side” attitude, using social justice as a trump card over academic inquiry. Just as Shepherd’s professors compared Jordan Peterson to Adolf Hitler, Flokstra was told discussing abortion is like a UFV KKK club.

It’s this attitude, particularly in the teacher education program, that Flokstra said she wanted to challenge by releasing the audio.

– Andrew Lawton, fellow at the True North Initiative

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3. Men’s Issues Awareness Society student group denied funding at Ryerson U

A male student attempted to create a men’s issues student group but was met with protests and slander as a feminist collective had funding refused from the group and went on a smear campaign to label Kevin Arriola, the student applying for the group, as a misogynist. Despite the fact that about half the group was made up of women. On Oct. 27, 2015, MIAS was informed its application for club status had been rejected. Kevin Arriola took the Ryerson Student Union to court with representation by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. But the case was dismissed, the judge saying it, “had no merit,” to it.

“It’s the kind of culture and climate that exists around these group… even if it’s not the group itself,” said Alyson Rogers, one of the founders of the Ryerson Feminist Collective. “It’s a gathering area for people who are anti-women, anti-feminist and rape apologists. A lot of the issues that men face comes from the privilege of being men. Patriarchy is oppressive to women but it also deals men a bad hand. Even if half their membership is women… We’re more concerned about the ideology as opposed to the makeup of the membership.”

“We have explicitly said we are not a feminist group, but we are not an anti-feminist group as well,” Arriola said.

Watch: CBC’s Sunday Talk Panel featuring Jonathan Kay on The MIAS group

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4. Rick Mehta vs Acadia University

Watch: Gad Saad interviews Rick Mehta (The Saad Truth_724)

 

Rick Mehta was fired despite his tenured position with the University for critical comments made around the truth and reconciliation commission, feminism, identity politics, immigration and decolonization. He was then only offered a copy of the report that lead to his firing if he would sign off on what he called a “gag order” agreement.

 

5. Danielle Robitaille cancelled event at Laurier over safety concerns

A student group studying criminology sought to host a lecture by Danielle Robitaille, Jean Ghomeshi’s lawyer. But mobs formed opposition and with a lack of time to coordinate a security detail Robitaille cancelled. “Even without uttering a word, one of the main points in my speech has been made: the complaints and the call to cancel my talk rest on a fundamental misunderstanding of the justice system and the nature of the role of defence counsel in the adversarial process,” Robitaille wrote in her response to the student group who invited her.

 

6. Universities allowing Social Justice Mobs to shut down events and lectures

Whether it’s Jordan Peterson hosting a lecture about the value of free speech or Janice Fiamengo questioning the ethics around modern day feminism, Universities intentionally under staff security to these events when they know protests will take place. At Jordan Peterson’s lecture at Queen’s one protestor brought a Garrote and another damaged the stain glass windows of the lecture hall from bashing against the glass. Or in Lindsay Shepherd’s case after a mob pulled a fire alarm, the University prevented the event by demanding a security fee of $28,500.

Watch: SJW Mobs at Queen’s University

Watch: SJW Mobs at McMaster University

 Watch: TVO’s Agenda with Steve Paikin, Free Speech: At what cost

Watch: SJW Mobs at Wilfred Laurier University

 

7. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

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The Centre for Constitutional Freedoms does a full detailing of data about the state of free speech on 60 Canadian public universities. The Campus Freedom Index grading methodology is found here.  Each university receives four letter grades: one for each of university policies, university practices, student union policies, and student union practices. Using a five-tier letter scale—A, B, C, D and F—the Campus Freedom Index grades universities and student unions on their stated policies (what they say) and their practices (what they do).

Some of their findings which I did not mention here already were:

  • Dalhousie University earns an ‘F’ for its decision to launch an investigation against undergraduate student Masuma Khan, over remarks she made on social media that offended some readers.
  • Saint Paul University earns an ‘F’ for its decision to cancel a planned film screening about abortion.
  • The University of Guelph earns an ‘F’ for refusing to allow a pro-life student group to hold a tabling event about abortion.
  • The University of Victoria earns an ‘F’ for condoning vandalism and disruption of a sanctioned student-organized pro-life event.

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The “trickle down effect” that campus culture has on the rest of society can be observed in some of the latest changes among social media platforms. Twitter has now updated it’s conduct policy to ban hateful conduct such as misgendering, deadnaming or “promoting harm”. Yet it makes a clear distinction between those it deems to be within their “protected category membership” and those that are not. That’s how people like Megan Murphy and Jesse Kelly get banned. Whereas twitter actively permits people like Louis Farrakhan tweet things like, “I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite.” And known terrorist groups like Hamas don’t get their twitter accounts removed. So it’s official. You talk about Bruce Jenner’s work in the olympics and Twitter actually believes you’re worse than terrorists. Actually.

And then there was Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, delivered a speech while accepting the Anti-Defamation League’s first-ever Courage Against Hate award at an event in New York City. He said, “We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence: You have no place on our platforms. You have no home here.”

“We believe the future should belong to those who use technology to build a better, more inclusive, and more hopeful world,” Cook continued. “I believe the most sacred thing that each of us is given is our judgment, our morality, our own innate desire to separate right from wrong. Choosing to set that responsibility aside in a moment of trial is a sin.” This religious framework was no coincidence.

The ideology of identity politics operates like a doctrine which overrides reason and logic. Tim Cook may be a brilliant man but if he insists on viewing life through the context in which intersectionality provides then it won’t be long before the category of “white supremacist” becomes a blanket term which is used to categorize anyone who disagrees. And when your doctrine persecutes comedians, the gulags are not far away.

We’re already seeing a doubling down on this banning culture where now Patreon has been purging it’s platform of those it considers guilty of hate speech. With the deplatforming of Sargon of Akkad, a gamergate free speech advocate, pro-brexiteer and mere internet troll. He used the “N” word to insult an actual ethno-nationalist, white supremacist in a fight they were having. He called the actual neo nazi the “N” word because to them, there is no greater insult. Like when engaging with another in road rage, you don’t first consider whether or not your critique out the car window is politically correct enough or not.

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Not that I’m making the case that it’s ever ok to use such charged language, I must say, to separate myself from the violation in question. In order to play the game by the crazy’s rules in this upside down world of “words are violence”. But what’s worthy of note is that Sargon did this impulsively on another person’s content which THEY chose to leave in. And this was not something that took place over Patreon. Nor did it directly violate Patreon’s terms and conditions. And he was not given any warning, second chance or opportunity to appeal. Overnight he lost his income which enabled him to commit towards content creation.

And he may be an offensive troll but there is no doubt that he is not a white supremacist. Not to mention that if you search the “N” word on Patreon you find about 9 page results in references to it. So, like any message board or comment enabled media, it’s a very commonly used. So why Sargon? Perhaps he’s just enough of a troll that a cost vs benefit analysis can be experimented with in the lead up to the 2020 American elections. Creators began moving to a competitor site, Subscribe Star, but within less than a week Paypal, the payment processor used by these platforms, refused to service Subscribestar. Coincidence? Or antitrust violation?

Eric Weinstein said that in order to make moves against the IDW they would need to act in the light. And they are indeed making their political motivations very clear by the unjustified nature of their actions. But creators see through the vague explanations and the inconsistencies and are currently working on an alternative platform to rival Google’s attempts to silence all those who refuse to bend a knee to the accepted narrative.

And now with this UN global compact using the terminology “irregular migrant” as opposed to “illegal migrant” will we see a crackdown on independent media over the use of the word “illegal”? Another example on how technical language becomes reshaped into moralized language. Exactly for the purposes of communication. So when legitimate media has questions to hold politicians accountable they now have the ability to skirt disagreeable questions by dehumanizing the person asking the question. Liberals don’t answer to bigots.

That is why we must stand for free speech, in all forms, shapes and sizes from every institution through to every corporation and down to every personal conversation. You may not like all speech you hear, so combat it with better speech. By shutting down and silencing the ability to express oneself freely, the cure will become more harmful than the problem. Speech is no different today than it was 30 years ago. In fact it’s probably a lot better considering average joes like me actually say “N” word. But it’s technology that elevates it and it’s trolls who throw it in our faces, forcing us to look at it. What we have is a technology problem, not a speech problem. We need to stop this madness before someone decides to program this condemnation of hate into the AI that will bring upon the singularity and once it realizes that every human has the capacity in their heart for hate, it decides to end the human experiment. This is not so unbelievable if you’ve been reading the new york times lately.

 

Watch: Benjamin A Boyce edit of Tim Cook’s comments

 

Watch: Jordan Peterson delivers lecture on free speech

 

If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise; we do not believe in it at all.

– Noam Chomsky

Trump’s worst fake news claim yet

 

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A photo on the Facebook page of the deep-south born white American showed shoes. “Other guy goals,” the caption read. Below it was a photo of a cache of military-style firearms. “My goals,” read the post by the man, who identified himself in his profile as “John Smith.” He has since deleted the post. On Facebook, the man described himself in a recent post as a “MAGA warrior residing in the land of godlessness”

But more than two years after flying back to Georgia and telling reporters he participated in the brutal Trump rallies in Las Vegas, he has not been arrested.

“No unbeliever can touch me,” he said in a recent text message to a former friend, who shared it with local news sources.

The Trump administration was to respond Tuesday to a House motion that called for “a plan to immediately bring to justice anyone who has promoted hate or participated in any violent activity.”

Although introduced by the Democratic opposition, the house supported the Oct. 22 motion, which specifically urged action against those “who are in America or have American citizenship.”

“This President has failed to secure America so badly that genocidal maniacs feel safe to brag to their friends about our President’s fecklessness,” House Judiciary Committee member Michelle Rempel said during Question Period on Monday, referring to the local news report about the white American.

In response, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said police and security agencies “are far more proficient at securing the country and keeping Americans safe than the alleged sources that are referred to by the opposition.

 

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OK. Full stop. Let’s take a moment to digest all of this. This could be direct evidence as to how exactly Trump is enabling violent discourse throughout the country. The only problem with this is that the real fake news is me. This isn’t actually a story about Trump. I mean, it’s a real news story but this has nothing to do with America. It’s about a former ISIS fighter in Syria who our Trudeau government has invited back home.

 

Fake: “MAGA warrior residing in the land of godlessness”

Real: “Mujahid residing in Dar al Kufr” — a jihadist fighter in the land of disbelief.

Fake: after flying back to Georgia and telling reporters he participated in the brutal Trump rallies in Las Vegas, he has not been arrested.

Real: after flying back to Toronto and telling reporters he had served in the brutal ISIS police in Syria, he has not been arrested.

 

What I have done here was an intentional attempt to provoke you. But to provoke you in a meaningful way. To challenge your preconceived notions. To apply your values in one situation to another which merely poses the same question, do we oppose government officials who denigrate journalism that questions their decisions and policy? Because even though Ralph Goodale was more articulate than needing to call Global News fake news or the enemy of the people, he’s still outright denying the legitimacy of the report.

It’s the fact he’s merely dismissing it outright rather than opposing it with contradictory information. This new Liberal tactic of if you’re unethical I don’t need to talk to you. Only their criteria for what’s unethical borders around whether or not you disagree with them. And we all know how the Trudeau Liberals feel about borders. The reason this is such a big deal is because this isn’t a report discussed on fringe news medias like independent youtubers or the detested Rebel Media. It’s Global News, among the mainstream media. But he’s treating them as if they were Rebel Media by simply discrediting their journalism.

Why? Because it counters the Liberal narrative so it must be opposed. It’s not about truth. And that’s why this assault on free speech is so disturbing. Because the only “evidence based” journalism they acknowledge is that which has no objectivity. This is why we are seeing more and more questions posed to this government being met with claims of fake news or promoting hate or illegitimate due to it’s phobic orientation. These are slurs, not arguments, not answers. All to simply silence opposition by taking to a moral high ground to signal one’s virtues to the world rather than actually face scrutiny.

The photo I shared at the top I made up to mimic the real photo on the official Global News website. And the guy who posted the facebook image was Abu Huzayfa. But the only alteration to the text message, “No unbeliever can touch me,” was the word “unbeliever” with the Arabic word “kafir” which translates into non-believer. I even left in Michelle Rempel’s real name to see if anyone would catch the hint. Or at least hopefully expose how little you pay attention to question period in the house of commons.

I mean, I get it, who has time to watch question period? But that doesn’t stop us from forming our stubborn opinions and act like armchair experts. It doesn’t stop us from voting to prop up a government that does not have our best interests at heart. It’s exactly what allowed Doug Ford to become premier. Because when I warned all my friends during the PC leadership that if they didn’t get involved then Doug Ford could win I was met with “oh, but I don’t vote conservative.” Well guess what. Ford Nation shows up to vote every time for every situation for every election. And after Doug Ford beat Christine Elliot by only like 200 votes, you now have the premier you truly deserve.

 

Real: Michelle Rempel asked the public safety minister Ralph Goodale, “This prime minister has failed to secure Canada’s borders so badly that genocidal maniacs feel safe to brag to their friends about our prime minister’s fecklessness,” Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel said during Question Period on Monday, referring to the Global News report about the Pakistani-Canadian.

Real: In response, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said police and security agencies “are far more proficient at securing the country and keeping Canadians safe than the alleged sources that are referred to by the opposition.

 

The greater point I am trying to make here is that we all need to have our preconceived notions challenged from time to time. I am by far no exception to this. But voting is more than a mere civic duty, it’s about fulfilling your role in a democracy predicated upon the sovereign individual. A value structure that is not shared globally. A value structure that is itself attacked wherever individual freedoms and liberty are suppressed. And every person who abandons their role in such a value structure is enabling those who would revoke such freedoms and liberties. Honestly, if you don’t want to participate in the western experiment then why don’t you opt out of it? Move to Saudi Arabia where the laws and rights are very structured and where you don’t have to be responsible for government. Just simply let the Monarchs bear all the responsibilities that come with governing. You do what your told and then you get to live out your days. Sounds way better than any patriarchal tyranny going on here in the west, for sure!

To allow ourselves to fall back into the apathy of group think and vote based on the tribe we subscribe to is a betrayal to the core values that was the foundation that our democracy was built on. We need to vote on issues. Issues are colour blind. And though a party governing philosophy, local representation and leadership weighs greatly on who we decide to support we also need to have the honesty to look within ourselves to observe what the issues are of the day and who is best representing the initiative to face the challenges ahead. We often become dispossessed by the present we inherited by our past but we always forget that the future depends on what we do now, in the present.

When claims of fake news looks like this, it’s easy to oppose:

But when someone more articulate dismisses questions with a more civil demeanor it’s much harder to discern what’s actually going on. But when a politician refuses to answer a question there’s a reason why. And in this case the Liberals are not answering questions on carbon tax, asylum seekers, ISIS fighters returning to Canada and now this “non-binding” UN Global Compact they’ve been working on since 2016. When asked about the Tori Stafford killer Terry Lynne McClintic going from a prison to a healing lodge Trudeau literally just called the conservatives “ambulance chasing politicians“. You could literally see the hit of dopamine in his eyes from the smugness he thrives on. I’m just saying that if Fox news can stand in solidarity with CNN to defend free speech then we should also be willing to hold those accountable who seek to stifle access to information, deny the right to speak freely or defame those who scrutinize.

Before I end this I want to provoke you with one more thing. I want to address the actual story here because I want to point out something very important, which is why I decided to get out of bed at 4:00am to start this. When the Pakistani-Canadian texted his friend, “No kafir can touch me,” he was absolutely correct. We need to ask why we even have laws or borders or rules at all in general. Because there is a value system behind those laws. It’s called the spirit of the law. And it embodies the intent of those who wrote the laws. And the motivation behind those intentions were moral values. Judeo-Christian values such as the dignity of human life.

The Liberals are following the letter of the law but not the spirit of the law. The problem with the written law as words on paper is the ambiguity of language. It allows for loopholes to be exploited. There could be no better example of this than the case of Terry Lynne McClintic. You can’t commit a more egregious crime than what she did. And to find yourself in line with defending her actions, in my opinion, puts you in contempt of the court. If laws do not uphold our moral values then justice is not being served. It is a moral distinction between what is right and wrong. It is the written laws that enables us to act on those moral distinctions. Therefore without the spirit, the law itself is hollow. So sometimes we need to stop, take a step back and reassess whether or not we are doing the right thing.

Based on how Liberals follow rules, there is no reason to believe that they will act on any punishment against these returning ISIS fighters. They openly seek to rehabilitate them. As if they committed some misdemeanor. Get caught for rolling through a stop sign and you will face more persecution than any of these ISIS war mongers who behead, weaponize rape and vow to God to oppose each and every one of us simply by our identity. There is no “rehabilitating” a fundamental commitment to hatred and violence. And what remains of ISIS is learning that the best way to destroy the west isn’t to actually fight them, it’s to stand with us and allow us to fight ourselves until they merely inherit the ruin that remains.

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I say this because today’s political correct culture allows for there to be double standards. It’s ok to condemn christians in the name of free expression. But say anything bad about Islam or Muslims and that’s blasphemy. Sorry, I mean “Islamophobic”. Which takes priority over your sovereign speech. Every time we appease the ouroboros SJW mob and bow to political correctness, we forfeit our freedoms and liberties. And I do sincerely apply this to every possible scenario because we already have amendments on freedom such as libel and defamation laws and incitement of violence laws. Everything else is up to the society made up of sovereign individuals within our sovereign state to enforce, it is not the role of government to legislate and compel.

If I were this Pakistani ISIS fighter I’d lawyer up and probably within a year I could find myself in a hotel room like the asylum seekers or with an out of court settlement for 10 million dollars like convicted terrorist Omar Kadhr, or both. And Trudeau himself would probably pose for selfies with me as the cherry on top. Because that’s how you follow the letter of the laws to destroy a country from within in the same way an infection kills it’s host. These are issues that we should all be able to agree on. And we should all stand to tell Trudeau loud and clear that we must have justice. And allowing ISIS to freely walk among us is to surrender to those who seek to conquer us.

You are a part of this culture war whether you want to be or not. And in this war silence is consent. Generations before you have built a society to honour you every single day. It’s time to take your place in the greater destiny of the world and uphold the values you’ve benefited from. It’s the Trudeau government itself which requires rehabilitation. Trudeau may have won the last election based on a popular vote but let’s not forget that before they even lost official opposition status. They have been out of touch with people for a very long time and even now the values they portray are that of special interest groups based on a regressive ideology that rejects enlightenment principles. All I ask is that you pay attention with open eyes and you challenge your preconceived notions as you pursue truth first before anything else.

 

Watch Michelle Rempel discuss what happened during question period more in depth:

 

Evil does seek to maintain power by suppressing the truth, or by misleading the innocent.
-Spock and McCoy, “And The Children Shall Lead”

It’s Time to Ban Banning

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Nancy Regan declared a war on drugs in 1982 when she told a highschool student to “just say no” to drugs. It launched a whole movement but critics are saying today that it may have actually made drug use worse. I wonder what Nancy would say today with the opening of these safe injection sites like those around Toronto and Vancouver. Yes, drugs are bad but we didn’t get anywhere treating the people who take them as bad. And there’s a hell of a lot more nuance to substance abuse than just the substance. I think we generally all understand this. And maybe it’s because substance abuse is old as time.

But yet with most other things we tend to push to ban any and all things surrounding a problem. After the Danforth shooting people cried for Toronto Mayor John Tory to ban handguns. Despite the fact that the Danforth shooter was not using a legal gun so a gun ban would not have changed any of the events anyway. It was being said that the gun was smuggled across the US border and now CBC is saying the gun belonged to his brother. Either way you look at it, a gun ban wouldn’t have prevented the shooting nor will it prevent future shootings. But that didn’t stop Toronto Mayor John Tory from calling for provincial and federal support in banning handguns and ammunition sales in the greater Toronto area. “Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?” John Tory asked in a press conference in response to the greektown shooting. But let’s be real. The only people who are hurt from a gun ban are legal, responsible gun owners.

But it sure is eerie how similar it sounded to the London Mayor’s tweet, “there is never a reason to carry a knife.” London currently has gun restrictions to address violent crimes and now stabbings have gone up and they’re currently talking about possible bans on knives. Will it take banning of every utensil or sharp object before someone steps up to finally address the implications of fatherlessness, PTSD among refugees we attempt to integrate into society, community based policing or gang culture which is prominent in the neighbourhoods in poverty? Nope, that means we have to actually talk about the differences between us all in society and that’s just targeting the vulnerable and that’s discrimination. Words are violence and ideas are dangerous!

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Thankfully the province had the sense to not support a gun ban. They increased funding to the police to put more cops on the streets and specialty services. Because what we have isn’t a gun problem, it’s a gang problem. It seems like there were cops who were abusing their powers. Did they decide to crackdown on the bad apples? Did they explore possible protections like body cams to hold all police more accountable? No, Toronto decided that carding was a racist practice and they decided to just ban carding all out. Oh, then gang violence spiked to record levels? No, there can’t be any correlation there. And we are seeing less police engagement as we do more and more to tie their hands. I’m not saying I have all the answers but I know we’re addressing the wrong issues for the sake of looking virtuous.

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Another great example is anytime you see Trump take a position on anything, the left feels the need to oppose it to the utmost extreme. This is Trump Derangement Syndrome. Where feelings fuel your thinking. And so if Trump calls for a border wall? Trump wants to limit migration? Well then borders are racist! Ban all borders! Open borders for all! Really? All those egalitarian countries you love, did they get there by opening their borders? It even extends to hating those who enforce immigration laws as people protest ICE agents. Even Barack Obama was talking about cracking down on illegal border crossers and those who employ them.

These things don’t actually make things better, they just create more problems. You can see this kind of hysteria legislation in the upcoming UN Global Compact (which is a whole series of blog posts in it’s own right coming soon) where they seek to literally change the language of “illegal immigrant” to “irregular immigrant” so even the very discussion around illegals will be deemed discriminatory rhetoric.

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We’ve been seeing this attitude in science with climate change. For me anyways, it started in 2015 when Mark Steyn decided to challenge the famous Michael Mann “hockey stick” climate graph. He was tied up for half a decade in the courts over it. But to have someone challenging climate science really felt like a climate denier. Steyn highlighted this when he was on the Agenda with Steve Paikin and pointed out to Steve that “it’s not a chair issue“. Like everything else that we move to ban and censor and sanction, we’re not mature enough to actually have the conversation. Despite the fact he was backed up by climatologist Tim Ball. He won his court battle against Michael Mann. Even the founder of greenpeace, Patrick Moore, has spoken out about the fraudulent science around climate change but it’s clear that if you are not a climate change scientist, you are a climate denier. How about I live by Al Gore’s example and stop once I have my own private jet.

There is no room for discussion. And all those who “deny climate change” must be silenced, deplatformed, shut up forever. In the effort to get everyone on board with climate change they feel the need to lie to people, which only pushes people away from climate change initiatives. Then there’s the conundrum of legislating against climate change. Which is too difficult so let’s just introduce a carbon tax to make people who pollute pay more taxes. But… we ALL pollute. So then you ALL pay #BecauseScience.

What’s going on in France right now is possibly the best example on how the left is failing its own people. President Macron may have had his moment to talk about how horrible nationalism is, completely dismissing the democratic system which gave him the mandate to look after such people of the nation he represents. Now there are riots in the streets and they’re being called bigots. The very people who were celebrated for voting down the french nationalists despite the countless acts of terrorism that traumatized the country. And that’s the thanks they get, because they don’t buy the bullshit of a carbon tax? Real classy.

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The new thing on campuses across the world is that words are violence and ideas are dangerous. So instead of using free speech to challenge disagreeable ideas or opinions it’s far easier to just ban free speech or deplatform. Some of the best examples of these are the protests held against Milo Yiannopoulos at Berkeley University which cost $100 000 during his first visit where protestors threw molotov cocktails at police. And then his second visit cost the University $800 000. Or when Ben Shapiro came to speak. Or Jordan Peterson at Queens University where one protestor carried a garrote. When words are violence you must ban free speech, they say. Free speech is an excuse for hate speech, they say. Well I say political correctness has gone too far.

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Earlier this year Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and others all decided to ban Alex Jones. Though there were references to comments made around his Sandy Hook conspiracy, there was no specific explanation as to how exactly Jones had broken the platforms code of conduct. More recently, Twitter just updated their hateful conduct policy to grant them the right to ban accounts who engage in misgendering or deadnaming trans people and other forms of hateful targeting of members within their “protected category”. And they’ve wasted no time in suspending accounts from people like Megan Murphy, who is controversial for advocating for women only spaces (i.e. women only gyms) to barr trans women (male to female). Also decorated peacekeeper and journalist William Ray had his blog (The Tranish Inquisition) removed off of “medium” and then was suspended on twitter. Even James Woods found himself suspended for tweeting out two apparently hoax hashtags (#LetWomenDecide and #NoMenMidterms). Their reasons being that his tweets could affect the political process. As if censoring tweets isn’t interference. “This is not about a celebrity being muzzled. This is about an American being silenced — one tweet at a time.”

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Twitter apparently subscribes to this ideology from the trans movement that because some people have gender dysphoria then we should all be compelled to address people by their choice of pronouns, despite how vague or inaccurate or nonsensical. It’s to such an extreme now that to even identify that biological sex exists is a form of descrimination of it’s own, called essentialism. Because gender is all just a social construct and we can choose to be whatever we want if we could only be free of the oppressive patriarchy. Oh, but we’re going to still call them “trans” because they are transitioning from boy to girl. Or girl to boy. You know, gender reassignment surgery? If Gender was a social construct then you would never feel that you were in the wrong body. And I wonder what trans people are talking about when they refer to appearing “passable”. You mean, like, passable as the opposite gender? Should we target trans people who use the word “passable” as divisive hate speech rhetoric? If gender was truly a social construct then “misgendering” would be impossible and no one would require hormones. Well it’s clear what we must do, ban all biological sex!

And then there was Apple today with Tim Cook. “At Apple, we believe technology needs to have a clear point of view,” Cook said while addressing “those who seek to push hate, division or violence.” Well, none of those I’ve discussed here today qualify as “white supremacists”. And now you’re probably second guessing all those times you swiped to consent to apple to have access to all your personal information. Look, regardless what you define hate to be or whether or not you disagree with the positions of any of the people I’ve featured here, deplatforming doesn’t work. The whole reason Jordan Peterson is world famous now is in part because everyone has told you not to pay attention to him. Deplatforming reaps more division than any divisive comment.

But this is what we get for creating a world where everyone gets to have a voice. There are no private clubs or closed off group chats or anything that isn’t immediately accessible by the rest of the world. And so there is no privacy. So all the locker room talk and every opinion we disagree with is right there in front of our faces, promoted by third parties looking for clicks. Maybe we ought to address the nature of clickbait journalism and provocateurs. But we’re not mature enough for that. It’s far easier to just ban it all. If you don’t like the conversation, change the channel. When you’re so obsessed with spotting conflict you literally see everything as problematic. Now christmas classics are under fire just like old Disney movies. Like “baby it’s cold outside” was actually about rape. Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer was only accepted for deviating from the norm because he was able to be exploited by the patriarchal Santa Claus. Santa Claus himself is now a white supremacist.

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Everyone was on board when Charlottesville happened. People carrying tiki torches and chanting “jews will not replace us“. Yes, that’s a nazi. Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Ted Cruz. These are all people who have said and done toxic, reprehensible things. Would I call them nazis? No, Alt right, sure. How about all conservatives? Nazis? Bigots? Now you’re starting to lose me. But now you’re putting other feminists, conservatives, scientists and me in the same camp as the guys carrying the tiki torch because we said “Bruce Jenner”? It’s so scary to see this snowballing assault on free speech. And how it’s actually celebrated. And it’s EXACTLY what the tiki torch carriers want.

Today it’s a simple twitter account. Tomorrow it’s all media that has any kind of conservative perspective. Then it’s all media that doesn’t agree to promote the “accepted narrative”. Then we will program AI to share these “values” and it’s only when we program them to “ban” all forms of hate speech that they suddenly move to end the human experiment. God knows if any one of us will survive that purge.

 

Society is too violent. BAN ALL GUNS!

Police profiling feels racially charged. BAN ALL CARDING!

Halloween costumes are cultural appropriation. BAN HALLOWEEN!

Ideas are dangerous. BAN FREE SPEECH!

Immigration isn’t fair. BAN ALL BORDERS!

Gender binaries don’t match everyone’s identity. BAN BIOLOGICAL SEX!

We pollute too much. BAN ALL CARBON FOOTPRINT!

 

It’s time to grow the fuck up and ban banning.

“The best way to fight hate speech is with better speech.” – Marilyn Mayo

We Need to Talk About Mohammed Bin Salman

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It started with a tweet from Chrystia Freeland, 2018 diplomat of the year, about the case of Samar Badawi. Because in a world with Trump why not just tweet all our diplomatic relations? Nothing bad has ever happened on Twitter before. I’m just glad she kept the emojis out of it this time. But lazy diplomacy aside, Ms. Freeland did raise a valid concern. Which frankly shocked me since even looking at a Muslim here in Canada is bound to get you accused of Islamophobia. Saudi Arabia has a long history of human rights violations. Or at least that’s what we would call it here in the west. But in sharia law enforced Saudi Arabia the restrictions on one’s sovereignty is considered the path to God.

Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was appointed defence minister on January 23, 2015, after his father’s accession to the throne. In the same year, he was named deputy crown prince. He has enforced a more aggressive foreign policy to rival Iran’s influence in the nearby regions. He has made headlines around the world in making social progressive changes of allowing women to drive and revoking the authority of the religious police to make arrests. In April of 2016 he declared his plans to diversify and privatize Saudi Arabia’s economy in an effort to rely less on oil. The plan is by the year 2030 Saudi Arabia will attract investment capital as it serves to connect the neighbouring continents.

However this was seen to be more of a PR stunt to distract from the controversial “purge” that was happening in the background. In November 2017, four ministers, 11 princes and several high-profile entrepreneurs were detained in what was called a “anti-corruption purge“. This on direct orders by Mohammad bin Salman. But critics claimed this purge targeting more competition than it did corruption. Fast forward today as Mohammad bin Salman exercises his military forces against the Houthi in Yemen, the conflict has left an estimated 56 000 dead while thousands other suffer from malnutrition and disease.

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The most recent development was the murder of The Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He had published articles in the past which took a critical aim at the royals as he called for a need for more free speech in the kingdom. He went into the Saudi consulate in Turkey to handle divorce papers from his previous wife. Only he never came out. Turkey officials conducted an investigation where they determined that Khashoggi was killed by a coordinated strike which they linked directly to Mohammad bin Salman. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the findings in a public forum and Turkish authorities released evidence including an audio tape alleged to feature Khashoggi’s last moments.

Khashoggi had written one last article before his disappearance. This has caused senators in the US like Marco Rubio to react by guaranteeing congress will take action against Saudi Arabia whether or not Trump decides to take action. Meanwhile Trump refused to take a clear position on the matter until he had irrefutable proof that it was in fact Mohammad bin Salman behind the alleged murder plot. Then later Trump came out and declared that the Saudi-US relations took precedence over whatever events transpired over the Khashoggi incident.

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Very alarmed to learn that Samar Badawi, Raif Badawi’s sister, has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. Canada stands together with the Badawi family in this difficult time, and we continue to strongly call for the release of both Raif and Samar Badawi.

– Chrystia Freeland, 2018 diplomat of the year

After tweeting this out Saudi Arabia swiftly moved to call back all their foreign exchange students which was estimated at 5,811 short term students and 9,120 long term students. Ranging from an estimated cost upwards of hundreds of millions of dollars. They also suspended all Saudi state airline trips to Toronto. Then they expelled our ambassador from Riyadh (and they did that over twitter too). Not that Freeland regrets the tweet, noting that she hadn’t said anything about Saudi Arabia that wasn’t consistent with what Liberals have been “publicly vocal” about for some time.  “There is nothing new or novel about Canada’s support for human rights, very much including women’s rights, around the world and including in Saudi Arabia,” Freeland, 2018 diplomat of the year, told reporters in Vancouver.

I don’t know if Chrystia Freeland, 2018 diplomat of the year, was aware of the risks she was taking by signalling her virtues in her tweet but frankly this narrative from the media that all of this was ever so shocking and unpredictable is complete political spin bullshit. she could have expected a strong reaction if she was aware of Saudi Arabia’s 2015 reaction to Sweden’s foreign minister. Where attention was drawn to Raif Badawi’s treatment while criticizing Riyadh’s record on human rights. Saudi Arabia’s response was to temporarily recall it’s ambassador in Stockholm. I’m just saying, when dealing with a tyrant maybe a more serious approach than social media would’ve been a more appropriate way of addressing the issue. I don’t see her as willing to take on China, Pakistan or North Korea but I wouldn’t know, I don’t follow her twitter.

 

 

Now I’m certainly not about to defend Saudi Arabia by any means. Chrystia Freeland, 2018 diplomat of the year, is still my foreign affairs minister and I’m on team Canada every time. And even if I don’t like her methods, I at least agree that it’s about damn time that Saudi Arabia get called out for their atrocious human rights violations. Although I wonder if by the Liberals own standards if what Chrystia Freeland did was Islamophobic and violates twitter’s hateful conduct policy by promoting harm against a member of their protected category. I mean, who are we to criticize an Islamic state country? When they call women whores or declare them property of their husbands or sons, isn’t that just their truth?

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The part that makes this whole situation sticky is that, like the US, Canada has invested interests in Saudi Arabia. We currently trade about 4 billion worth of goods with them. A good chunk of which are military vehicles. So not only are we fiscally tied to the Saudis but we’re also complicit in what they use those combat vehicles for. You know, the war in Yemen that Trudeau has been so critical about. Some of that blood is on our hands. So we’re in the same boat as the US who does billions of dollars in military dealings with the Saudis as well. Trudeau has expressed a desire to actually pull out of these dealings but doesn’t see a way out of the current contract that was signed by the previous Harper government. At least not without losing a bunch of money in breaking the contract. My question is, are we really that sure about cutting all ties to Saudi Arabia? Over a US journalist and their handling of Badawi?

Anyway, now Trudeau is at the G20 meeting where he spoke to Prince Mohammed bin Salman about their diplomatic relations. And among the mass murder and malnutrition going on in Yemen, the planned murder of a journalist, imprisonment of Badawi, millions of dollars in trade sanctions, I’m proud to report to you that Trudeau is addressing the issues that matter most. Gender equity! I’m sure Oshawa is breathing a sigh of relief. Nothing to see here. In all seriousness Trudeau claims he did speak to the prince about how he’ll “always stand up strongly” for human rights and apparently he also spoke to Putin about what’s been going on in Ukraine. But didn’t go into details.

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My question to you is this. We do billions of dollars in trade (or at least we did) with Saudi Arabia. And they oppose a lot of countries that we oppose as allies of Israel. Like Iran and Lebanon and Syrian president Bashard al-Assad, who is supported by Russia. They also actively oppose the muslim brotherhood. They may be very different than us but in terms of our options, they’ve always played the role of the enemy of our enemies. And I hate to say it but I agree with Trump when he says if we cut off all ties only end up pushing them into the arms of our enemies. And that would no doubt be far more damaging in the long term. Perhaps the warm welcoming Putin gave M.B.S. at the G20 painted that picture perfectly.

It also doesn’t help having the Trump deranged narrative news only reporting on the details of the story around Khashoggi’s murder to make Trump look like a heartless bastard. They care more about that than even pronouncing Khashoggi’s name properly. Only a few sources seem to even be addressing that Khashoggi was more than just a journalist. He established a political party in the US called Democracy for the Arab World Now. Based around supporting Islamist gains in democratic elections throughout the region. This meant that Khashoggi was in the process of leading an Islamist political opposition to Mohammed bin Salman. So there is a hell of a lot more to this than mere censorship. And there have been allegations that in that movement he had direct ties to the Muslim Brotherhood whom we consider a terrorist organization.

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I’m not excusing what happened to Khashoggi by any means. But with so much at stake I can’t help but feel like it just isn’t worth losing the relationship we do have. And perhaps through our relationship we may have opportunities yet in the future to put more pressure on Saudi Arabia for social reform. I really do believe that. If we can impress more capitalism integration then there’s no doubt in my mind that liberty will find it’s way to the people. If they do manage to pull off their 2030 vision, well that’s a lot of opportunity there. And we need to think about the future. I’d like to know what you think about all of this. Wherever you fall on the issue, this is definitely something we all need to be discussing. We need to talk about Mohammed bin Salman.

 

“hold your friends close but your enemies closer.”

  • Michael Corleone (Mario Puzo), The Godfather Part II