March 26, 2018

Dinner with a Liberal

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The millennial left’s war against liberalism

The left is back — and millennials are leading the way. “Socialism” was the most searched word on the Merriam-Webster website in 2015, and a 2016 poll showed that 43 percent of Iowa Democrats described themselves as “socialists.” Despite the setback of President Trump’s electoral victory, the left continues to grow. Publications like the magazine Jacobin, launched by millennial Bhaskar Sunkara, now reach more than 1 million website visitors each month.

But the millennial left is not a return to the New Left of the 1960s — the student radicals, hippies and Yippies who raised hell in their efforts to end the Vietnam War and change American culture to make it less racist and sexist and more authentic. Rather it invokes the ideas of the Old Left of the 1930s — the militant labor unions, socialists and even communists who, in the context of the worst economic depression in American history, sought a genuine alternative to capitalism.

Top 10 Most Socialist Countries in the World

The term socialist has been thrown around quite a bit in the past few years. Not since the cold war has the term garnered so much attention in the press and from politicians. But when you look at countries who actually have a socialist economic structure, you can see some similarities to the United States – but there are some really stark differences.

Below, you will see some of the most socialistic nations in the world today:
◾New Zealand

Despite popular myths, there is very little connection between economic performance and welfare expenditure. Many of the countries on this list are proof of that, such as Denmark and Finland. Even though both countries are more socialistic than America, the workforce remains stronger.

Like Father, Like Son?

Canada’s democratic system has empowered a dynasty that’s not big on democracy.

Two years ago, Justin Trudeau was asked which nation’s type of government he most admired besides Canada’s.

His answer: China’s.

“You know, there’s a level of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime,” he said. “In this world we’re competing with countries that have the capacity to react to big issues quickly and completely. We need to make sure that even though we have to compete with them, we can get things done completely” (emphasis added throughout).

According to Justin Trudeau, democracy is frustrating because it doesn’t allow prime ministers to do what they want. And now Justin Trudeau is the prime minister.

Under Justin Trudeau, Canada marches towards totalitarianism

I’m the same age as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and I have a question: has he forgotten what Soviet totalitarianism was?

I don’t know who turned up in his elementary school, but children who had recently slipped out from behind the Iron Curtain appeared in my elementary school in the 1980s. They were quiet, and a little secretive, as if their parents had pressed upon them their whole lives the importance of not telling anyone their business.

By high school they had relaxed. They opened up more. Yugoslavs (as they still were then) discussed inter-ethnic rivalries. Hungarian girls mentioned a priest-refugee at their church who had been imprisoned by the Communist regime. Come to think of it, there was a Polish priest-refugee in my own parish church. The grown-ups said that “Father Andrew” had been sent to Canada for safety after another priest, Father Jerzy Popiełuszko, was beaten to death by the so-called Security Services.

Chinese Trade Deal Would Take Canada to the Cleaners

Engagement with China on Canadian terms is a fool’s errand

Canada’s approach to China has always been marked by arrogance and a self-defeating air of moral superiority.

China, on the other hand — and especially since the Communist Party came to power in 1949 — has had a very clear idea of what Canada is worth and how easily it is duped.

For well over a decade, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has been doing its best to warn successive Ottawa governments and the public about the infiltration of Canadian institutions by agents of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the party’s quest to influence public life.

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