650 – Omnipotent State—of emergency

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Apr 162020
 


US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are moving in opposite directions when it comes to ending the COVID-19 shut down.

“This will be the new normal until a vaccine is developed,” Trudeau was quoted saying in an April 11 National Post report. If so, that would mean a minimum of one to three years, given the usual best time in which a vaccine can be developed.

In contrast, Donald Trump says “I want to get it open as soon as we can; we have to get our country open.” With May 1 targeted as his primary re-opening date, Trump has also gone on record saying he would like to see parts of the country open up even sooner than that.

With COVID-19 statistics falling far short of expectations, and looking more like average or lower than average annual flu numbers, government officials in tandem with the medical profession are warning of a second or third wave, having apparently implied that we have already been through the first wave. Continue reading »

Two flew over the cuckoo’s nest | Salim Mansur

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Apr 112020
 

The current drastic measures to reduce the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have people so much on edge that it is difficult to believe that we can come out of this unscathed psychologically and culturally.

Since 2001 most of us, especially those born since then, have become inured to a culture of surveillance but, with the current pandemic, we seem to be entering into an informant culture where everyone is suspected to be a possible bio-weapon.

Professor Salim Mansur likens our current predicament to Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with only a few of us realizing that we are in an institution for the insane.

This is a precarious time where the West’s very culture of individual freedom is in peril of being lost forever. Our situation is made all the worse since we are tacitly committing ourselves into an asylum of our own making.

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Globalism and why Johnny is a Marxist | Salim Mansur

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Apr 032020
 

All political and cultural movements begin with an idea. In the case of globalism, that idea is Marxism.

The educators of the Western world over the past 75 or more years have, in various ways, made the ideas of Karl Marx part of the standard curricula of our public school systems and universities. The result is that we now have a population that is significantly illiterate, unable to reason, incapable of logic, ignorant of science, and unable to think independently.

Because of this dumbing down of the West people consequently find it easy to believe that CO2 is a pollutant, that Michael Bloomberg, who spent 500 million on his campaign, could have just given every American one million dollars, and that there are 63 genders.

Salim Mansur of Western University explains the process by which Marxists have, over a period of decades, infiltrated our academies of learning and altered them into institutions of globalist indoctrination and propaganda.

(In our discussion, Salim made note of a report by Stanley Kurtz of The National Association of Scholars. That report can be found here: https://www.nas.org/reports/the-lost-history-of-western-civilization.)

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641 – Freedom Forward – Philosophy’s indispensable role in determining the Right Direction

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Feb 132020
 


There is a widespread belief – particularly among advocates of freedom and capitalism – that individual freedom and individual rights will spontaneously emerge if nations gradually adopt various forms of capitalism, freer markets, and/or more private economic initiatives. Yet, many socialist, fascist and communist jurisdictions have done exactly this, but nevertheless remained socialist, fascist or communist. While their economies may have become more ‘efficient,’ their people still do not enjoy individual rights, having ironically been turned into ‘slaves’ of a state-directed economic ‘efficiency.’

Additionally, there is a certain ‘literalism’ on the philosophic front, with many freedom advocates rejecting the best political alternative on the basis of some kind of philosophical impurity or inconsistency on the part of a given politician or party.

This is dangerous thinking, and can lead to unwarranted feelings of futility, frustration, and cynicism regarding political action in general. It is an affliction that most affects those on the Right, and is in part responsible for the continuing ascendancy of the Left and the erosion of our freedoms. Continue reading »

640 – Uncommon Laws – Britain exits the European Union

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Feb 062020
 


Take ten freedom-loving people, put them in a room in front of some microphones, and what do you get? Our first ever ‘Freedom Panel,’ sharing views on Brexit, climate change, and a mutual frustration with the lack of rational philosophies in politics.

At long last, Brexit has become a reality. But that development reflects a long-established British history and philosophy that has always been incompatible with that of the European nations. For that reason, many have regarded Brexit as inevitable. Founded on individualism rather than on the European collectivism that has brought the continent to disaster on repeated occasions, Britain can now once again forge its own political destiny, freed from the control of Brussels.

With the good news on the Brexit front, it’s too bad that politicians continue to ring the bells of climate alarmism, pretending to talk about the weather when what they’re trying to prevent changing is the climate of collectivism.

Ironically, it is the growing politics of populism that is beginning to demonstrate an effective defense against collectivism’s ills. Even so, many individualists and supporters of political freedom remain opposed to a populism that they see as being unprincipled. But is populism really an obstacle to freedom, or is it an opportunity for rational principles to once again become part of the political playing field?

Though our panelists have many differing perspectives on this question and other issues, one thing you can always count on is a discussion that will be Just Right.

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Jan 162020
 


“I call it Climate Change BS and by BS – if I have to spell it out – I mean Bad Science!” concludes our guest Dave Plumb, whose book ‘Inconveniently Screwed’ describes and explains the ‘good’ science behind what we actually do know about climate change and its causes.

In the face of continuing outrageous claims about a pending ‘climate crisis,’ the real science of climate has been replaced by the fake ‘political science’ of Leftist politicians.

Since ‘facts don’t matter’ to those on the Left, the whole climate change debate can become quite frustrating for those who think that facts do matter. The relentless efforts of the Left to continue promoting their climate fiction can only be resisted and defeated by a similar relentless effort on the part of those who have the Right ideas about climate and climate change.

As always, the real climate the Left is talking about – and wants to change – is our political climate. The only consistency to be found in their arguments about climate change is a hatred of individual freedom, capitalism, and of humanity itself. Forced discussions about carbon dioxide and weather concerns are mere distractions from their evil intentions.

With one form of BS (Bad Science) being promoted via another form of BS (Bad Schools), facts are the last thing the Left wants to hear about.

Given the Bad Science being taught in Bad Schools, it would be Just Right to conclude that the politics being used to support and promote those two forms of BS is the BS of the traditional type.

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The busybodies | The Danielle Metz Show 084

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Jan 022020
 

Audio as broadcast on WBCQ

Judging the actions of other people has become a fine art in this age of peak insanity. Whether it is compelled speech, sin taxes, or signalling one’s moral superiority it seems to be rooted in our nature as human beings.

We come out of the womb hard wired to change our environments. We possess parenting skills which we can’t seem to turn off when it comes to adults. And we participate in a competing free-for-all in an attempt to shape society to our wishes and whims.

Well, at least some people do. They are the busybodies.


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