677 – Ideologues against ideas: the Left versus the Right

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Oct 222020
 


As we head into the final weeks before the American election, censorship and editorial interference on social media has reached an unprecedented level. Over the past week, hundreds of on-line commentators and reporters on the Right were unceremoniously removed from platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

In justifying its censorship, YouTube posted notices which read: “This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy prohibiting content designed to harass, bully, or threaten.” No specifics given.

It should be self-evident that the only thing being “threatened” is the ideology of the Left. What is being censored is the ideas of the Right.

Combined with all the fake news propagated by the mainstream media, the continual oppression of free speech is having its desired effect. This can be seen in the public’s broad compliance with fascist rules and regulations that should never be tolerated in any free society. Such blind obedience has now become an incredible threat to individual freedom.

It’s a sad fact that most people have great difficulty in determining what is true and therefore do not trust their own judgement, even when presented with all the information needed. Invariably they concur with “public opinion,” an opinion largely controlled by a false narrative based on ideology and censorship, not on objective ideas.

Whether for good or for evil, ideas move the world. Only with freedom of speech and the means to express (and hear!) that speech, can one reliably distinguish between what is just ideology and the ideas that are Just Right.

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674 – Religiously defending freedom in revolutionary times

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Oct 012020
 


Two Roman Catholic priests in the United States have ignited a controversy not only within their own church, but on the worldwide stage as well. Father Robert Altier (Crystal, Minnesota) and Reverend James Altman (La Crosse, Wisconsin) each expressed views to their congregations that contradicted the official Left narrative on two of the most sensitive issues to the Left: continuation of the COVID-19 lockdowns and the coming presidential election.

Altier’s sin was to proclaim that “we have been lied to” about the COVID-19 shutdowns, while Altman’s sin was to suggest that one can not be Catholic and also vote for the Democratic Party.

The controversy puts a spotlight on the unjust way Christian groups in particular have been targeted and prevented from free assembly, while public assemblies by groups on the Left are openly supported, aided and abetted. It has also exposed a philosophical conflict within the religious community that parallels that of the broader general community. Each faces its own polarized environment pitting Left against Right.

Perhaps consequently, and on a positive note, both the secular and religious Right are discovering that they have more politically in common than not. At the root of their commonality is the philosophy of freedom, a value shared by those who acknowledge that every individual has a free will and the right to exercise it.

The sooner they begin working together politically the better. Because in the end the only forces that can stop this fascist political pandemic are those that are Just Right.

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673 – COVID-19 and Conservatism’s fascist agenda

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Sep 242020
 


Recent COVID-19 restrictions imposed by Ontario Premier Doug Ford (Progressive Conservative) are alarmingly fascist, a collectivist ideology of the Left. This is no aberration that one can blame on the nature of the proclaimed crisis. Like wolves in sheep’s clothing, Conservative political parties have been dragging their ‘right-wing’ supporters ever leftward for the better part of a century.

In practice, what this means is that the destructive COVID lockdowns and the unhealthy forced wearing of masks will continue to be with us as long as any party of the Left is in power. Since that includes all of the parties sitting in parliament or the provincial legislatures, that means this fascism is our ‘new normal’ for the foreseeable future.

To help prevent any viable electoral representation from rising on the Right, the Left has been popularizing the false association of fascism with the Right, thus positioning fascism as the political alternative to communism/socialism which are already accepted as being on the Left. With fascism falsely occupying the Right (where freedom belongs), that leaves freedom without any polarity, and hence, no position on the political map.

Like all forms of collectivism, fascism is diametrically opposed to individualism, freedom, and capitalism. Conservatives who truly share these values must break their habit of voting for Leftist or ‘progressive’ political parties solely on the grounds that the word ‘conservative’ appears in the name of a party. After all, the word ‘conservative’ itself lacks any consistent definition, and many calling themselves conservative do not see freedom as the standard or ideal of government. Like Ontario’s Doug Ford.

Were any Canadian ‘conservative’ party to ever represent the values of freedom, it would have to do a complete about-face and perhaps for the first time ever take a single step in the direction that is Just Right.

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666 – COVID-19’s ethical cancer – the morality of altruism

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Aug 062020
 

An end to the COVID-19 pandemic will never be found through some future means of defeating the SARS CoV-2 virus. That’s because the COVID-19 pandemic is a politically orchestrated moral pandemic, not a viral one.

Thanks to continued unnecessary lockdowns, the forced wearing of masks and social distancing rules, we now know that our politicians can force arbitrary and irrational restrictions on us without being held accountable for their actions. But worse, we also now know that there are a great many people not only willing to follow their orders without question, but who are eager to help enforce those orders against their fellow citizens.

This is beyond tragedy. At the root of this acceptance of evil lies a widely accepted belief that these actions can all be justified by altruism. “If it only saves one life, it’s all worth it.”

This is a demonstrably immoral argument. For any society this represents an ethical cancer, which just like any cancer if left unchecked eventually destroys the host body. No society can possibly survive on the irrational principle of self-sacrifice.

Nor can any number of COVID-19 ‘model projections,’ or slogans insisting that “we’re all in this together,” possibly justify the suicidal path taken by our politicians and health care officials.

Their prescriptions, all based on unethical manifestations of the Left, have been designed to defeat human nature itself. What’s required is a moral prescription that’s Just Right – one that defends human nature instead of attempting to defeat it.

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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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634 – The black and white truth about lying

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Dec 052019
 

Generally, when most people object to lying, they think about themselves being lied to – or lied about – and consider lying to be a moral indiscretion. They rarely see themselves as being the liar, nor do they consider how they might even unwittingly or unconsciously be lending credibility to a lie told, whatever its source or intent.

A ‘lie’ is defined as “an untrue statement made with the intent of deceiving; a falsehood; that which creates or is intended to produce a false impression.” (Funk & Wagnalls)

Note that the definition, per se, does not necessarily imply any form of criminal or immoral objective; it merely defines a lie as being a statement that does not represent the reality of a given situation or fact.

Even among the Ten Commandments there is none commanding that “Thou shalt not lie.” However, specific forms of lying are indeed implied in the eighth and ninth commandments, which command that “Thou shalt not steal,” and “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” Continue reading »