it’s very simple:
if you allow dictatorial powers to be assumed upon the declaration of emergency you have, in effect, dictated that you will forever onward inhabit states of emergency.
this is too temping a prize to place before leviathan.
they will everywhere and always seek to assume and to retain that power.
and they will vilify and demonize any who try to take it back.
they will try to hide behind slippery claims of “democracy” to use appeals to the fact they are in office to justify increasing the power of their office.
but this constitutes invalid reasoning.
democracy is not freedom.
democracy is one of the more pernicious forms of tyranny ever devised: the tyranny of the majority.
even a king must fear the mob for he is one and they are many; but the mob need fear nothing when its proportions sufficiently swell.
such a mob is not moral, nor just, nor fair.
its numbers bestow no special wisdom or ethical high ground.
it is simply force, applied by the many upon the few.
it is only the protection of rights, instantiated and inalienable, that defends we the people from such depredation.
this idea that democracy is somehow the end all be all of human expression is well past naïve; it is grotesque.
if 90% vote 10% into slavery, that is democracy.
in fact, many “democracies” used to do just this.
we now (justly) revile it.
that is not a system in which you want to live.
and thus i find no small irony in the determination of the same parties that so often demand reparations for that past wrong to seek to impose new versions of it and to champion (yet again) the system that allows rather than prevents such subjugation.
watch as they brand as “insurrection” any opposition to their narratives so that they might justify the further usurpation power and the use of violence against peaceful people.
the use of military metaphor is not accidental. it’s a deliberate framing to evoke war on ones own people and make their freedom appear as a threat to this facile “democracy” fig leaf placed over their encroachments and usurpations.
what is being weaponized here is dictatorial control to circumvent rights, freedom, and human agency.
calling it popular makes it no less vicious or oppressive. it makes it more so.
truly, these are people who lack entirely either sense or morals.
neither seems a fitting reason to bestow such power upon them.
rather, it stands as graphic reminder that you get to keep only those rights for which you will fight and that those who would take them from you in furtherance of their own ends shall always be with us, seeking and probing those periods when our guard grows slack that they might tighten this ratchet once again.
this endless imposition of unending emergency to mitigate rights and agency is the predictable and inevitable outcome of the grant of authoritarian emergency powers.
they prey on your fear and demand that you sell your freedom for the safety of cages.
and we’ve all seen how that plays out.
did you find it to your liking?
if you would return to “old normal” and restore your lives and livelihoods then this attractive nuisance of “emergency powers” must be ended.
it is not a tool with which anyone can be trusted. it cannot be left lying around because “we trust these guys.” there will always be other guys. always.
if we would preserve the basis of a just society, these “emergency exceptions” must be eliminated.
if they are not, then sure as sunrise, the next emergency is right around the corner.
and you will spend the rest of your life reliving this same nightmare.
the choice is stark and the choice is ours.
some things really are binary.
either our rights stand paramount to the state even and especially when backed by the whims of the demos, or they are mere privileges to be revoked or attenuated at whim. only one can have primacy and as soon as you make “an exception” exceptions shall become the rule and life on the slippery slope to subjugation shall begin again.
this is the hill on which to make a stand.
Unfortunately the deed is done. As I warned a supposedly conservative friend who supported shutdowns in March 2020, we were then validating a leftist blueprint for permanent control of our lives. The blueprint worked like a charm, and for 2 years has been given the seal of approval by the GOP and most Americans. The left is now easing up, but it is on their terms. The blueprint, the power structures and the precedent remain. Unless some of these leaders are driven from office by people power revolutions, followed by the dismantling of their power structures, we will live in tyranny or with the constant threat of it. I see no constituency for such a revolution in the US. Here's hoping Canada can lead the way.
Absolfelinelutely, el gato. I was just thinking about emergency powers being at the root of these perpetual power grabs and contemplating how we could vanquish them.
Check out this inspiring speech by Brian Peckford (https://youtu.be/Kjjihr_GCu8) at the Victoria Freedom Convoy Rally. The last living signatory of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Brian just filed a lawsuit against the Canadian government for violating that charter. He is also committed to ensuring it’s never possible for the government to seize these emergency powers again.
Fun sidenote: I was honored to learn Brian just posted my Letter to Justin Trudeau (https://margaretannaalice.substack.com/p/letter-to-justin-trudeau) at his blog yesterday.
We have seen “bread and circuses” (or “beer and football”) writ large. Participatory government is run by those who, well, participate. Two or three generations, stupefied by television (and more recently “social media”), mindless consumerism and a pantheon of vapid “stars” have stood by and let an amoral, vicious minority, most of them not even elected but permanently installed as little Caesars controlling vast amounts of our confiscated money, take the reins of government and use it to further their own wealth and power. That this is true needs no further evidence than the observation that the richest zip codes in the nation are around the District of Criminals.
Taking it back requires more than just the occasional appearance at the ballot box. It requires wresting control of your school board, your town council, your statehouse from the criminals. It requires hard work, and a lot of risk: the government mafia won’t go quietly— they have declared as much by officially branding dissent as terrorism, by siccing the FBI on mothers who don’t want their kids to be forced to wear dirty rags on their faces or be taught that skin color is the necessary and sufficient determiner of success and even of value as a human being.
For decades the left has claimed they want ordinary people to “rise up”. Let’s give them what they say they want — recent events have made it clear that’s what they fear the most.
Gato, this is one of your most important pieces ever.
The tyranny of the majority that you describe so vividly has been evident in so many countries for so long - and has destroyed the lives of so many of this planet's inhabitants - that it's a joy to see someone rip apart this almost universally accepted idea that democracy somehow equals goodness.
With you all the way. Goodness comes from individuals. Not from systems of government.
When the left says “democracy,” what they mean is socialism. They conflate everyone having an equal say in governance with everyone getting an equal share of the stuff. Except, as always, some animals are more equal than others. That’s why they howl when we insist on liberty and inalienable rights—because those are antithetical to socialism.
Reading the peoples comments on the Globe and Mail article it is pretty obvious Canadians are seeing through the bullshit delivered to them by Legacy Mafia Media. That was on THE GLOBE AND MAIL…the truckers are going NOWHERE!! This is the Working Peoples Movement for Freedom…we MUST hold the line!
I've thought about this a lot in the pandemic era.
We don't have checks and balances "except for" those situations where the emergency is just too dire that we must put individual rights aside.
We have checks and balances SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE OF those situations where the emergency is perceived to be so dire that there is a temptation to put individual rights aside.
The US was designed to be a Republic just for this reason.
Not that we follow the Constitution much anymore......
Protect the minority.
Democracy two wolves and a sheep deciding what they want for dinner.
"democracy is not freedom.
democracy is one of the more pernicious forms of tyranny ever devised: the tyranny of the majority."
Excellent description of democracy! Great article!
I posted this recently: “ Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn”. And a leftist friend responded that “somewhere in the middle is just about right”. I was shocked, though I should not have been. So the left is more than willing to give up freedom in order to attain “equality”. Utterly disturbing!
Yes this is the upcoming battle, return to the old normal with none of the new normal remaining. Also, any powers that could allow the new normal to return on a whim need to be removed during this eye of the storm.
Two wolves and a rabbit taking a vote on what's for dinner is only just and fair if none of the 3 can be a menu item.
I’ve been saying this since this all began. The emergency powers are the root of all of this. In my province, Nova Scotia, the premier just renews the state of emergency every two weeks. It’s a rubber stamp now - through *three* different premiers in the last 2 years!!
The definition of “emergency” in the act:
“emergency” means a present or imminent event in respect of which the Minister or a municipality, as the case may be, believes prompt co-ordination of action or regulation of persons or property must be under- taken to protect property or the health, safety or welfare of people in the Province;
This is insane! It’s so broad. I encourage everyone to read the legislation in your jurisdiction. It’s mind boggling the powers ours grants. There’s a list that basically strips away all rights you have. Then there’s the provision for non-compliance fines of up to $10k. And the clause that provides total immunity from any prosecution of our masters during an “emergency”.
It’s insane. Uber broad definition. No hard criteria to qualify. No checks on duration. No legislature action to confirm / extend. No court-based recourse. Just pure unfettered power at the whim of the leader under the guise of a too-broadly defined “emergency”.
I read several Substacks dealing with The Plague Era; all of them provide excellent info, but you're absolutely the best essayists and I'll tell ya, the joy of encountering passion voiced so well is a mighty rare thing. And to think the Evil Shrike led me here!
This is especially ironic considering it wasn't that long ago when the minority was getting gay-bashed, and it wasn't long before that when the minority was getting lynched.
How the spiritual decedents of these people ended up demanding mob rule, I will never understand.
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan
"THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated." ~ Thomas Paine
Will WE rise to today's challenge? THEY shall see.
Freedom is not a weapon, it is our shield.
Freedom isn’t free
Near the top of the MSNBC(BS) opinion hit piece, the author, a professor from a university who directs the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab says "The vast majority — about 90 percent — of Canadian truckers are already vaccinated, which means these protests are less about vaccinations than the concept of mandates themselves."
Well, pardon my French but, no shit Sherlock! That's EXACTLY what this is about---totalitarian mandates!! I'm amazed this "professor" was able to stumble on the truth so easily.
In just contemplating this, I am realizing that most people really do not care that much about freedom. This site draws people who care an awful lot about it. But the problem is that most people really are perfectly content to trade freedom for safety and security. And they outnumber the freedom absolutists by quite a bit.
Just as many of us vastly underestimated the degree to which our fellow citizens would submit, the self-appointed elites vastly over estimate the amount of control they have. They thought that with near total control of government, the media, and big tech they could do as they wished, but they pushed too hard, too far, for too long, and now the populace they believed were mesmerized sheep turn out to yet have claws and teeth after all.
The question is will Brandon, Castro Jr., and their ilk back down, or will they continue to push, afraid that any backing down risks exposing the true extent of their malfeasance and the risk of a real, possibly final, reckoning?
Just how how high on huffing their own farts are they? And what do the people behind the power -- I don't believe for a second that geriatric Brandon or never-had-an-original-thought Castro are really in charge of jack squat -- want them to do?
I wish I could believe that there was any meaningful, long term solution to this that didn't include things going kinetic. Not desirable, to be sure, but is it ultimately worse than the "new normal" followed by another "emergency" grab for power in a year or three?
Historically, governments are not known for learning their lesson.
The tree of liberty withers, desperately needing water, and, to torture Jefferson's metaphor, I'm not sure the sweat and tears of the general populace can, or should, continue to suffice.
We've been kicking the can down the road for far too long. Look at the Fed's official M1 Money Supply graph and tell me we aren't well past screwed, blued, and tattooed. Those bills are going to come due eventually, no matter what, and the longer we keep up this charade, the worse that reckoning will be for all of us.
I'd hoped to not live to see such days, but here they are.
They speak of 'insurrection', they do not yet know the meaning.
I hope I am wrong, but for ourselves and for future generations I fear they soon may require education.
Democracy for Dummies -- What the American Founders and others wrote about it: https://fractalsovereignty.substack.com/p/democracy-for-dummies
We need to be aware that the "old normal" sucked - which is why we are here. The "old normal" created a mob of soft, short attention-span, post modernist, safe-space loving, laptop-slinging, race-baiting, soy munching, climate crying, participation medalist, elitist but useless, CNN-watching, children helicoptering, disgustingly comfortable, unhappy, listless drones. We do not want to return to that. We want a "real normal." New or old, I don't care.
These quotes and more besides are what go through my mind every time I hear some idiot windbag or another bloviating about "our democracy".
"Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses. It is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."
~H. L. Mencken
"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
~ John Adams
"Liberty and democracy are eternal enemies, and every one knows it who has ever given any sober reflection on the matter."
~ H. L. Mencken
"Democracy inevitably degenerates into despotism."
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
~ Sir Winston Churchill
"The sovereign is he who decides the exception"; Carl Schmitt.
I always enjoy the content here but the appeal to rights and constitutional Republicanism is a bit naive; it's pretty clear at this stage the human rights were a fiction of the post WW2 liberal order that are being discarded now that they no longer serve the interests of the ruling class.
amicus meus, cat, please understand that we are not fighting on a hill or a on a slippery slope. we fight at the cliff's edge.
Beautiful, clear, correct
Excellent! I love that Tolstoy quote.
Democracy is a euphemism for mob rule
"if 90% vote 10% into slavery, that is democracy."
It is now and always individual liberty that is at stake.
Don't accept the box they assign to you. Destroy the box.
“We have to put a stop to the idea that it is a part of everybody's civil rights to say whatever he pleases.”
Adolf Hitler, Transcript of a conversation (22 February 1942)
In Canada, the Liberal party holds the government. They are usually tightly controlled to speak in unison. However, in a shock move, a few days ago one of their members spoke against the actions of Justin Trudeau then a second man and today a third. This is a great sign and there's talk that there are many that are like minded.
Protect the 2nd Amendment or there’s no chance of re-instating and keeping the 1st Amendment intact. Congress is bought. We live in a nation by the corporation, for the corporation, and of the corporation; it’s no longer about the people. To change this, corporate money must be stripped from politics. Short of doing this, oligarchic influence will supersede the Constitution by sidestepping it and Congress will continue to do nothing. These are the two crucial prongs of the next campaigns for high office: 2A and Congressional legislation ridding all corporate money from election campaigns and elections themselves. If we don’t do it , we’ll be stuck with fascism, probably for a long, long time
That there is a solid chunk of population walking amongst us (with masks) that still believes in Santa, the Tooth Fairy and by default "Scary Evil Truckers' is quite alarming... woke governments have declared their own people as the mortal enemy, not Islamic Suicide Bombers or Latino Drug Cartels mind you. It's hard for me to fathom how much hate the likes of Blackface has for ordinary people; that takes quite a bit of doing but hey, he has nailed it!
This is why a paid for a subscription. Bravo...
Again not able to click the ❤️
NWO Population Control. Was planned for decades. In every country:
Health Canada Initially Created For Population Control Measures
As much as I respect and admire gato, eugippius, Berenson, Weinstein et al, none are able to rise to the level necessary to grasp that this is all the result of our civilizational rejection of God. Western civilization is entirely dependent on the theological worldview. Liberty and rights are strictly impossible under the reductionist materialist rubric. In this sense the leftists are being eminently rational. In a godless cosmos, only raw power truly matters. All else is delusion.
How on target. Our founders quite well understood the dangers of pure democracy - majority rule, which is why we have the bill of rights, separation of powers. But the Federalist papers warn us of the potential for abuse if our leaders are faithless to their people they are supposed to serve. We see abrogation of those rights, temporarily they say, except there seem no limits on temporary. We see our President knowingly order unlawful things, then when checked by the court, ignore the court. We see a dual system of justice by corrupt officials. What are we to do?
It will take much more than the next election to restore our nation. We need leaders who cannot be bought by corporations nor by social media giants.
Hail to the truckers who started a bloodless revolution against tyrants. We can hope that energizes a movement to start to reign in a lawless government.
I had a fantastic 7th grade social studies teacher (back in the 70's before US public education was was cooped into a political indoctrination system). On the 1st day of class he tough something that hit me like a brick and has stuck with me forever;
Our nations founders understood 3 simple principles that had to be overcome in order to prevent self government from becoming the tyranny of the majority.
1) Democracy is 2 wolves and 1 sheep voting what to eat for dinner.
2) Humans have some level of inherent evil in their nature that perpetually temps them to rule / run roughshod over other humans
3) Not all humans will get along, or be capable of co-existing, with each other for we are all individuals.
Based on these 3 very simple to understand truisms, they created Federalism & the system of checks and balances that would become the US governing system.
- An ironclad declaration of Rights, granted by God himself that could not be violated at any level of government.
- An intentionally weak Federal Government of "limited and enumerated powers".
- All day to day governing powers granted to the states, where people could choose their path based on local preferences (provided they did not infringe on the individual's rights as granted by God and memorialized in the Bill of Rights). If you couldn't along in one state you picked up and moved to another state with more like minded people. (as I did in the earlier days of covid, from IL to FL)
From 3 simple truisms they created the greatest system of government and respect for the individual ever achieved by mankind to this day (and don't say "but slavery", the Founders knew that issue would have to be addressed at some point, but they could not agree at that time. Politics is the art of the possible. As we all know, in time, slavery was addressed, in the bloodiest way possible, yet ultimately it was resolved properly and in keeping with original intent).
Every problem in America today is the direct result of inherently evil individual humans (organized in groups over time) pushing us away from the original intent of our governing system. The only certain way to correct all that has gone wrong is to force our system back toward its original intent (which imo, requires a Federal government less than 5% of its current size & cost, excluding defense). Unfortunately, that is much easier said than done....
You are absolutely right. Emergency powers needs to be stopped.
“And he who is not sufficiently courageous to defend his soul, don’t let him be proud of his “progressive” views, and don’t let him boast that he is an academician or a people’s artist, a distinguished figure or a general. Let him say to himself: I am a part of the herd and a coward. It’s all the same to me as long as I’m fed and kept warm.”
Same in Europe:
It's really great when EU, and Canada preach to other countries about "democracy", "freedom" and "protests".
"The social transformation that unfolds under totalitarianism is built upon, and sustained by, delusions. For only deluded men and women regress to the childlike status of obedient and submissive subjects and hand over complete control of their lives to politicians and bureaucrats. Only a deluded ruling class will believe that they possess the knowledge, wisdom, and acumen to completely control society in a top-down manner. And only when under the spell of delusions would anyone believe that a society composed of power-hungry rulers, on the one hand, and a psychologically regressed population, on the other, will lead to anything other than mass suffering and social ruin."
Joost Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind
Thank you! I get so tired of hearing the word "democracy" blurted out by people on all sides as though it is the pinnicle of human achievement in government. It is almost as if democracy proponents never studied history, never read Aristotle or Madison.
I've always been suspicious of the Democrat party for this very reason.
The idea that our rights are not infringed upon by emergency powers needs to die within the minds of the sheep that pushed for the government to save them. The government can't even provide clean drinking water to people after decades of trying.
thank you so much... fyi, this St. Valentine's Day, watch the video and take action at your county courthouse, print off a document and give it to your County Prosecutor and/or mail it to them asap registered mail, this will be happening all across the USA, they have to act or be held accountable for dereliction of their duty, https://go.constitutionallawgroup.us/vday
Great Meowa Jima meme. Semper Feline!
This covid scamdemic is a proxy war for total political takeover by the left. The minions that buy into it are seduced by the left's pseudo-moral imperatives. They're convinced they are supremely moral as they punish the left's designated enemies, who for the last 60 years have been demonized with hyperbolic caricatures and paranoid projections.
At its core, we've been plunged into an existential war of opposing moralities. The outcome will determine whether we live in a world of God-given individual liberties, or a collective hell of the greatest good for the greatest number.
My rebuttal to the Globe and mail link….The left has weaponized “emergency authority “ to undermine freedom.