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Monday, March 30, 2009

From Ezra Levant's Shakedown - 1

From Ezra Levant's Shakedown:

By the time the battle against bigotry was being decisively won in the late 1980s and 1990s, the human rights industry spawned by Canada's HRCs had become too big to fold up and throw in the recycling bin. And so new, previously unknown brands of discrimination had to be found for yesterday's anti-racists and their newly recruited colleagues.

That's where things went of the rails: these once-honourable institutions aimed at correcting historic injustices slid into farce. More and more of the complaints that came their way were from crackpot narcissists, angry loners, and professional grievance collectors. Their disputes had nothing to do with human rights as we know the term. But in the absence of legitimate human rghts cases, the HRCs took on their causes - with disastrous and sometimes Kafkaesque results. Ironically, an institution devoted to human rights has now become the biggest threat to our core liberties - most notably, freedom of speech. (P. 8)
Yes, that is the country I know. And to me it feels immensely liberating to just hear someone recount to a wide audience what has really happened, instead of all the distortions created by "protecting" people's feelings, and "agreeing with" claims of grievance in order to stay in business - that is, after all, the signature tune of the "human rights" racket.

We do have real problems in this country. People are losing their jobs right and left, and are uncertain how to get another job that pays a living wage. It's not clear how we will fund our excellent health care system in this environment. About the last thing we need is grievances fronted by people who may well have too much time on their hands to think up reasons to be at odds with their neighbours, as recounted in Shakedown.

See also:

From Mark Steyn's "Introduction" to Ezra Levant's "Shakedown"

Mark Steyn introduces Levant's work by pointing out how social engineering was snuck into Canada on the basis of largely non-existent problems:
Before they made the strategic miscalculation of going after Ezra's Western Standard (p. xiii)
See also: Ezra Levant's Shakedown: A Preliminary Note

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