For as long as anyone has been alive, whatever we have defined as the Left in America has always come with a healthy dose of hypocrisy. They have one set of rules for themselves and their allies and an entirely different set of rules, often the opposite set of rules, for their opponents. The cry of hypocrisy from their opponents are met with accusation about bad faith or dishonestly. The Left in America, since the middle of the last century, has been defined by partisanship.
This is another aspect of the crisis in Canada that tells us something about what is happening in the managerial elite. The Right has been largely silent on what is happening and the outlandish hypocrisy on display. Look through the few posts in Conservative Inc. about the crisis over the last month and you do not see their favorite catch phrase at all. The main takeaway is that the so-called conservatives are mostly on the side of the government in this matter.
This is not just an American phenomenon. In Canada, the people who supposedly speak for the conservative voters have been struggling to produce a reason to oppose Trudeau’s power grab. You get the impression they are ashamed to be lumped in with those dirty truckers. The is true all over the English-speaking world. The Brits, who should take a special interest in Canada, have been giving the crisis a good leaving alone, while focusing on Ukraine.
What we see happening in Canada is the normalization of the double standard that has always been a feature of left-wing politics. On multiple occasions Trudeau has said that certain types of protests are permitted. The grounds for determining this is who is protesting whom. BLM protesting, for example, is always acceptable, because they exist to fight the white power structure. An Antifa riot over the behavior of the police is acceptable, as long as they wear their masks.
What we just witnessed in Canada is more than the implementation of this stated policy but the formalization of it. The point of making this a permanent emergency, which is what they are doing, is to make permanent this new double standard for political participation in Canada. A Sikh truck driver honking his horn to protest vaccine mandates is not allowed because white supremacy. A Sikh truck driver plowing through a group of white kids, because white supremacy, is okay.
Of course, this is not some out of left field manifestation in Canada, but a continuation of a process that started in 2016. The people protesting Trump were allowed to assault people and damage property. The thousands of rioters who set fires and smashed windows during his inauguration were never charged. Douglas Mackey, the man behind the Twitter character Ricky Vaughn, is awaiting trial for the crime of making fun of the anti-Trump people online.
The model for what Trudeau is doing is January 6th. Left-wing rioters disrupted the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings for a week. Nothing happened to any of them, but hundreds of Trump supporters face long prison terms for the crime of disrupting official proceedings, despite no official proceedings at the time. Trudeau is simply following the lead of Washington. The fawning praise from the media as he seizes control of Canadian society is confirming his understanding of the new rules.
Apartheid came to mean racial discrimination, but in reality, it was an authoritarian political culture that created a hierarchy of citizenship. In the case of Africa, it was the white founding population that sat at the top. It was not particularly different from the caste system on the Indian subcontinent. Instead of culture defining the layers, the African system was based on definitions of race. What is shaping up in the West is an apartheid system based on perceived political beliefs.
In the case of Canada, Trudeau and the rest of the political class are committed to the post-Marxist ideology that has evolved in the elite. That is at the top of the new political order and those who worship at that alter have full privileges. At the bottom are those who hold what are defined as the most dangerous ideas, things like nativism, patriotism and nationalism. Those people will have the least privileges. As Macron made clear during Covid, these people are not even people.
Again, notice that the limited commentary in the conservative space is not using the old lines about hypocrisy. The reason for this is the so-called conservatives do not see hypocrisy in these actions, because they fully approve of the new order. They agree with their friends on the Left that those old liberal values are part of the basket of ideas associated with who Hillary Clinton labeled deplorables. Their quibbles are with small issues like the implementation and the optics.
January 6th and now the trucker protests are stops in this great transformation of society by the unitary hive mind of the managerial elite. Derek Chauvin goes to jail for life for the death of George Floyd. Kim Potter gets two years in jail for shooting an unarmed man in a traffic stop. Mohamed Noor got four years for executing a white woman trying to flag down the police. Everything is now defined by this new hierarchy as conceived by the hive mind.
There is no one inside the hive mind to object to this transformation, because that risks being ejected from the protection of the collective. The random cruelty of the system against its perceived opponents is as much about defending itself from internal dissent as it is from external threat. If the police are laughing about trampling old people with their horses, they are not going to question the order to drag a party member from his home in the middle of the night.
This is the new world order. At the top is this uniformity of opinion rooted in two assumed truths about the world. One is the people at the top have a duty to root out the enemies of the system. The other is the enemies of the system lie in the populations over whom the system rules. Like the old apartheid system, it is a system organized around a permanent threat. In such a system internal dissent can never be tolerated as it threatens to weaken the defenses.
This is why the conservatives are so muted. It is also why the far-left in Canada voted to support the power grab, despite their alleged opposition to such things. The far-left instinctively knows how partisanship operates. There is no equivocation on their part, because they understand the game. The conservatives will need to purge a few of their members to finally get themselves in the good graces of their colleagues. In the end, they will support the new apartheid system.
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