Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Is Progressive the New Regressive?

In the old Soviet Union there was a process of thinking known as the Marxist Dialectic. With it, everything got turned upside down: black was white, blue was green, left was right, up was down, etc.

The term "liberal" has grown out of disfavour because of all the negative connotations associated with it. Such people now like to be referred to as "progressive". If you'd like to see the minds of such "progressives" on display, then take a look at many of the comments posted for editorials written by Ezra Levant and the 4 Osgoode Hall law students on the Globe & Mail website. They provide perfect examples of the Marxist Dialectic at work; as does the latter editorial.

Here's a letter I sent to the newspaper:

I very much appreciate the ongoing debate of ideas you've been featuring on your website regarding Free Speech in Canada. Particularly interesting are the hundreds of comments posted in response to the editorials from Ezra Levant and the 4 Osgoode Hall law students.

One disturbing trend that became clear was a similarity amongst those who philosophically were at odds with the views of Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn. They disagreed with these gentlemen, frequently belittled them, and then went on to support the government muzzling their right to free speech, citing any or all of the following reasons: it was hate (which it's not), it offended them (which it surely did), and that they were personally being victimized because of such words being published.

It's amazing to me that in 2008, there are still many people in Canada who think this way. It brings a whole new level of meaning to "pampered by the nanny state". Indeed, they have every reason to think anyway they want, but I adamantly don't believe that the government has any right to enforce their views. One can only wonder how such folks would feel if charges of a similar nature were brought against them? For make no mistake, these people offend me ... deeply! If only I could remember the address of the Canadian Human Rights Commission . . . .

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