"Freedom" is a relatively easy concept to understand, but over the past two years every whacko nutjob in the world seems to have co-opted the term to oppose totally-sane things like warrantless and indefinite business shutdowns, mass "quarantining" of healthy individuals, and endless "mask mandates" that don't seem to do anything.
Now, our fearless "experts" are warning that the right-wing psychopaths up in Canada—the ones who are opposing tyranny and the forced injections of experimental drugs—are also seizing the term for their own nefarious ends:
For many, freedom is a malleable term — one that's open to interpretation.
I thought "free" was an ancient term meaning "exempt from; not in bondage, acting of one's own will," branched from the Old English root word for "love." And I thought we've established since about the 14th century that free-dom envokes a sense of "exemption from arbitrary or despotic control or civil liberty."
I guess it actually means "ENACT THE HANDMAID'S TALE."
That flexibility, in part, has fuelled its growth among certain groups, said Barbara Perry, director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at the Oshawa-based Ontario Tech University.
"It is a term that has resonated…. You can define it and understand it and sort of manipulate it in a way that makes sense to you and is useful to you, depending on your perspective," she told Cross Country Checkup.
Oh I see, you can "define" and "understand" the term freedom "in a way that makes sense to you and is useful to you?" Gee, that sounds like, I don't know, almost literally every single philosophical concept in the entire world.
Ahh, but what's different about "freedom"? I'll leave that up to your imagination. You'll probably figure it out easier if you're a member of, ah, a "certain group," if you catch my drift.
As seen among some protesters currently opposing vaccine mandates and other public health measures, freedom signals a desire for freedom from government intervention or overreach, Perry noted...
Evan Balgord, executive director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, says the way many protesters frame their calls for freedom renders the word meaningless — and what they're really asking for is a shift in government policy that could potentially have a negative impact on others.
"When they're yelling they care so much about their freedom, they're taking freedoms away from other people who don't have the same kind of agency and choice that they do," he said.
Huh, it's kinda weird the demographic from which they're soliciting these expert opinions. "Canadian Anti-Hate Network..." "Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism." What, they couldn't get someone from the Fraser Institute? I don't get it.
Anyway, you kind of get the point here: We're being told that "freedom" is being rendered "meaningless" precisely at the moment when it has never been more clearly defined. These truckers are simply asking not to be forced to take the COVID vaccine. That's it. That's all. Nothing more than that. Very simple.
In fact, the Canadian protesters are so single-issue in this case that, if the government were to grant their request tomorrow, the whole thing would be over. You wouldn't need pandering, sneering articles in Canadian periodicals where smart people pretend not to understand very, very basic political concepts.
Freedom isn't hard to grasp, unless—like these "experts"—you're utterly committed to not understanding it.
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