Category: Great Moments In Socialism

Grace Life Church

Just another Sunday in the Great White North.

As James Lindsay likes to say the asymmetry is the story.

And as Michael Malice likes to say these cops are the good apples.

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More here.

Update-Maybe it wasn’t 200 but there were a lot of cops and equipment there. 

How Many Minds Did They Break?

A lot.

Nate Silver

54% of people who *have already been vaccinated* are still very or somewhat worried about catching COVID.

But only 29% of people who *refuse to get vaccinated* are very or somewhat worried about catching COVID.

Great job, everyone.

Some are really messed up and the laughing henas who caused the mess are feasting on the remains.

For Carole Brown, everything about entering a post-pandemic future causes her anxiety to spike.

The thought of eating inside of a restaurant or going to a house party — even when people are fully vaccinated — gives her “heart palpitations,” she says.

Over the last several months, Brown says it’s been hard to navigate her anxiety and overall mental health.

Even “smart” people aren’t immune to the induced insanity.

Adding bricks to the camel’s back

While the CD Howe Institute is right about ditching Freeland’s $100 billion stimulus package, they go completely off the rails with the rest of the prescription.

The C.D. Howe as a result proposes a hike in GST from its current rate of five per cent up to seven per cent, reversing the previous Conservative government’s two per cent cut in 2006.

As if fearing that morale would not improve without further beatings, the report seems to believe that Canada’s carbon tax regime could use some additional help:

[The report] also proposes hiking GST on transportation fuels like gasoline and diesel by 10 per cent, which would “give consumers a strong price signal to discourage CO2 emissions,” it says.

“America is back.”

Richard Fernandez;

Russia and China — not to mention North Korea and Iran — are all on the move and don’t seem deterred by Washington. If disaster overtakes the Biden Harris restoration future historians will conclude that organized self delusion played a leading part. The cultural and political establishment belief in the Great Reset after Trump sputtered and instead of the predicted return to normal the global world has continued its descent into crisis. Perhaps the status quo overattributed the problems of the old global world to populist unrest and failed to address the basic weaknesses which caused them. They thought they could pick up where they left off and couldn’t. […]
 
Those “far enemies” are now giving Washington a headache. The actions of China and Russia show the actual Great Power perceptions at variance with the way the Biden-Harris administration sees itself in the media mirror.

What’s it called? Monorail!

Lately we’ve heard of some overtly Marxist policy proposals emanating from the federal NDP convention, but concerned about being upstaged, the ruling Liberals have apparently decided to counter with some overtly Simpsonesque ideas at their own convention.

This year’s policy resolutions run a wide spectrum, with resolutions on such issues as expanding rural internet access, raising old-age security payments and creating a high-speed rail network across the country.

 As the nation slides into bankruptcy, supposedly we can take comfort in owning the world’s most expensive railway tunnel between Banff and Vancouver.

Move those goalposts!

After a year of lockdowns, things are starting to look a lot like a famous cartoon involving Charlie Brown, Lucy and a football. It’s just not nearly as funny when it happens for real.

The policy could best be described as barbaric.

Residents of Ontario’s long-term care homes begged on Tuesday to be allowed outside, saying anti-pandemic restrictions that have confined them indoors for more than a year make no sense given almost all have now been vaccinated.

Coming from the CBC, the news item naturally tries to blame the policy on for-profit senior care, whereas the reality is that the central planners have little interest in identifying an end game for their failing strategies.

New Pentagon Diversity Chief ‘Reassigned’

He embarrassed the administration by getting caught.

“The Pentagon is now the Yale faculty lounge, but with cruise missiles. That should concern you,” Carlson said, adding that the U.S.’s military leadership has gone “woke.”
 
“His Facebook page gives some indication of who he is,” Carlson said. “On it you will find an attack on the police as racist, you’ll find crude BLM propaganda, you will find a photograph of Donald Trump holding a bible in front of a church. Next to Trump is a photograph of Adolf Hitler.”

But this isn’t real socialism!

No matter how much borrowing the government undertakes, the only thing one can be certain of is that socialists will always claim it was never enough.

Although the article concerns the American experience with an avalanche of Covid crisis borrowing, the lessons apply equally well to Canada.

“The idea that “governments alone” can provide the “expertise and judgment” necessary to lead the way during an economic crisis is one that fails to recognize the shortcomings of large bureaucracies.

Governments are necessarily unequipped to deal with economic crises partly because they suffer no consequences for their mistakes. It is the people, the business owners and consumers alike, who pay the ultimate price.

Government’s lack of skin in the game excludes their so-called expertise. After all, if a single mom who’s a shop owner in rural Indiana loses her livelihood because of the mandated lockdowns, the governor won’t suffer a thing over it. The shop owner, on the other hand, will lose her home and be unable to feed her children.”

New Country?

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has found the Liberal government’s federal carbon tax law to be constitutional, dealing a blow to the governments of Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan who had been fighting the law in court.

In a 6-3 split decision released Thursday morning, a majority of justices found the law is constitutional because reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a matter of national concern, and the law is focused on that narrow purpose while still giving provinces the ability to come up with their own solutions.

Full story

So are there champagne corks being popped here? 🍾 🥂 Or are they working on their pronouns?

Morning in the UK

Lawrence Fox is running for mayor of London. He woke up this morning to a visit from the covid cops mask enforcement division to remind him who’s really in charge.


It’s not like they have anything better to do.

Another zero percent miracle!

If the New Zealand government actually wanted to moderate skyrocketing housing prices, they would start by critically examining central bank policies that incentive consumers and businesses to behave as if capital effortlessly self-replicates.

Instead, they remain convinced that they can centrally plan their way out of a debacle in which potential home buyers of moderate means are being squeezed out of the market thanks to zero percent interest rates.

“Like many central banks during the coronavirus pandemic, the RBNZ has pushed interest rates to record lows, eased mortgage lending curbs and pumped NZ$100 billion ($70.4 billion) into a quantitative easing programme.

Those measures, while boosting the economy, have fuelled an unprecedented housing market boom. In its latest forecasts, the RBNZ sees house price inflation rising up to 22.4% by the middle of this year, much higher that a November forecast of 7.9% for the year to June.”

“The RBNZ said it was looking into the government’s request for advice on implementing tools like debt-to-income ratios and interest-only mortgages.”

Having the central bank rectify the very problems that its own policies created amounts to tasking an arsonist with putting out his own fires. Failure is pretty much guaranteed at this point.

Good Neighbors

Business Insider;

President Joe Biden’s administration is looking to fly migrants arriving at the US southern border to processing facilities in northern and coastal states, as the US deals with an influx of people seeking shelter in the US, The Washington Post reported.
 
The Post spoke to two Department of Homeland Security officials and reviewed an email that showed US Customs and Border Protection requesting planes to transport migrants as 1,000 people including unaccompanied minors crossed the Rio Grande on Friday morning.
 
It’s not clear which states they want to send the migrants to, but The Post reported many northern states do not have the capacity to process that many people.

Duty To Die

I’m old enough to remember when it was called “killing”.

The Senate has passed a bill to expand access to medical assistance in dying, including eventually to people suffering solely from mental illnesses.
 
By a vote of 60-25, with five abstentions, senators accepted Wednesday a revised version of Bill C-7, even though the government rejected or modified amendments made by the Senate. […]
 
The government had originally intended to impose a blanket ban on assisted dying for people suffering solely from mental illnesses. But, under pressure from senators who believed that exclusion was unconstitutional, it subsequently put a two-year time limit on it.

In the words of a former Saskatchewan NDP cabinet minister, we owe a duty to our health care system; to live healthfully and die quickly.

If we understand that a person in Canada consumes at least 60% of their life time cost to health care in the last two years of their life, should we not fear that the financial powers will see that reducing the last two years of life to one year of life could be the most cost effective approach to the problem. Is there a conflict of interest having the same system determine the services provided, who they will be provided to and when they will be provided, and containing cost in a society of competing values.

Another flashback.

The Children Are Our Future

The children — and their insufferably weak wanna-be ruling class parents.

The parents in the backyard say that for every one of them, there are many more, too afraid to speak up. “I’ve talked to at least five couples who say: I get it. I think the way you do. I just don’t want the controversy right now,” related one mother. They are all eager for their story to be told—but not a single one would let me use their name. They worry about losing their jobs or hurting their children if their opposition to this ideology were known.
 
“The school can ask you to leave for any reason,” said one mother at Brentwood, another Los Angeles prep school. “Then you’ll be blacklisted from all the private schools and you’ll be known as a racist, which is worse than being called a murderer.”
 
One private school parent, born in a Communist nation, tells me: “I came to this country escaping the very same fear of retaliation that now my own child feels.” Another joked: “We need to feed our families. Oh, and pay $50,000 a year to have our children get indoctrinated.” A teacher in New York City put it most concisely: “To speak against this is to put all of your moral capital at risk.” […]
 
The atmosphere is making their children anxious, paranoid, and insecure—and closed off from even their close friends. “My son knew I was talking to you and he begged me not to,” another Harvard-Westlake mother told me. “He wants to go to a great university, and he told me that one bad statement from me will ruin us. This is the United States of America. Are you freaking kidding me?”

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