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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

From Ezra Levant's Shakedown - 7

Discussing the infamous Section 13 of the Canadian "Human Rights" Act:
The speculative nature of Section 13 reminds me of the blockbuster movie, Minority Report, in which Tom Cruise's character works as a cop in the department of "pre-crime." He doesn't arrest criminals. He arrests future criminals. Minority Report is a work of science fiction: the plot revolves around psychics who are able to predict when something bad is going to happen. Section 13 relies instead on human rights tribunals. But in both cases, the concept is the same.: It is more or less impossible to plead not guilty if you're charged with a pre-crime. You can't say "I didn't do it." No one said you did anything. They said you might - in the future. No losses need actually be suffered, so no harm need be proved. This is the main reason why, in the thirty-plus years Section 13 has been on the books, not a single Canadian tried under it has been acquitted. (P. 76)
Well, Canada, welcome to Future World, where everyone smiles and makes nice, and gets shaken down - or else!

See also: From Ezra Levant's Shakedown - 6; From Ezra Levant's Shakedown - 5; From Ezra Levant's Shakedown - 4; From Ezra Levant's Shakedown - 3; From Ezra Levant's Shakedown - 2; From Ezra Levant's Shakedown - 1 ; From Mark Steyn's "Introduction" to Ezra Levant's "Shakedown"; Mark Steyn introduces Levant's work. See also: Ezra Levant's Shakedown: A Preliminary Note

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