Trudeau’s Tyranny and the War on Civil Society

Since March 2020, global elites throughout the West have been on a power trip. In the name of “science” and public health, they have suspended democratic rule and replaced it with bureaucratic tyranny. Certainly, there have been moments of pushback, but nothing as organized or effective as what truckers in Canada have done in the last few weeks.

Canada’s globalist puppet king, Justin Trudeau, was clearly rattled by the Freedom Convoy. In order to protect “liberal democracy” from unwanted dissent, he effectively declared martial law. 

The measures Trudeau used to end a peaceful protest were breathtakingly authoritarian. He threatened to destroy the livelihoods of the protesters, many of whom, of course, had already been squeezed to the margins of society by Trudeau’s cruel and arbitrary vaccine mandates. He used anti-terrorism financial sanctions to freeze the bank accounts of the demonstrators and their supporters. Donors were exposed to harassment by journalists and hackers. The Ottawa police handled the protesters violently. Trudeau called the protesters racists and terrorists, and Canada’s state-run media eagerly amplified these smears. It was an all-out war on dissent, one that thrilled more than a few gloating sadists on the faux-rebellious, bootlicking Left. 

The Freedom Convoy was long overdue and, if anything, it showed remarkable restraint. The protesters certainly made a lot of noise, but the disruptions they caused were righteous and trifling inconveniences after two years of unchecked draconian rule. The protesters’ demands were entirely reasonable. 

Canadians who are unvaccinated are prisoners in their own homeland. They can’t leave their own country. They can’t board trains or airplanes. Many have been fired from their jobs. Trudeau’s Canada was treating them like terrorists before they dared to assert their basic rights, simply because they refused their government’s demand that they inject themselves with a shoddy pharmaceutical product. There are millions just like them, in America and all across the West, who are voiceless. For months, they have been demonized by political leaders, the media, and civilians who have joined in an orgy of hatred. Those refusing the shot have been caricatured as a disease to be set apart from the rest of society. They have been barred from work, travel, and leisure, and in some cases, life-saving medical treatment. These measures are totalitarian as well as totally unnecessary.

The vaccine has failed spectacularly at stopping transmission, which is to say, it is not working at all as advertised. But cynical liberal demagogues and their fanatical followers have ignored the data to wage a warrantless campaign of political persecution. For them, punishment is the point of the vaccine mandates. 

The egregious war on the unvaccinated has belied the moral authority of the world’s “liberal democracies,” but it is just one of many unpunished crimes in the global elite’s war on civil society and human nature. The list of their abuses is long. In the wicked, unnatural society they have created, people have been left to die alone in hospital beds. A generation of children has been subjected to crippling social isolation and learning loss. Countless middle class businesses and entrepreneurs have been crushed. Those who have been harmed by the vaccine have no legal recourse. 

Like their communist predecessors, the tyrants have divided families for political gain, and have even presumed to interfere with the free exercise of religion. While terrorizing innocent people, they have treated violent criminals with kid gloves. In the summer of 2020, they gave politically-favored rioters and looters immunity from “public health” rules (and criminal laws) to destroy businesses already hurting from government restrictions. 

These people are criminals. The harm they have done to society is incalculable. In other times, rulers who behaved this abusively would have faced violent resistance. 

Our elites certainly know this, which is why they have worked to make Western man into a domesticated animal. Indeed, the majority of citizens in the “free world” have more or less behaved like frightened, docile cattle throughout the pandemic. The cowardice of Western “man” is what made the bravery of the Canadian truckers so startling, so surprising. Unlike the BLM rioters of 2020, who were bailed out by liberal oligarchs and the state, they have incurred heavy costs for their courageous actions. They have shown that there are still noble souls out there who love freedom enough to demand it at any price. And for that the Trudeau regime is going to make them pay. 

The convoy embarrassed the elite and challenged their authority. The repressive means that have been used to silence them almost certainly will be replicated in the future by other Western leaders. Joe Biden is already painting any potential trucker protests in America as insurrectionary. 

But there are encouraging signs that the bureaucrats in charge of this cruel experiment are starting to lose their nerve. Democrats are making a very cynical and obvious pivot away from COVID madness in a desperate play to salvage their political fortunes in November. Governments in Europe are lifting restrictions. 

The world that was lost in 2019 has not returned, however. Children are still being muzzled. Millions of people continue to be treated like lepers for refusing to do the bidding of a handful of liability-free pharma giants. Western governments are openly criminalizing dissent. 

The West is no longer free. The actual “free world” is now decentralized. It is not represented by the pretenders in power who claim the moral authority of “democracy” for their designs. 

Freedom today exists only among dissidents, among ordinary people who perhaps do not even know yet that they are dissidents: moms, dads, truckers, business owners. They have spirit and righteous rage, but they are disorganized, and the repression they face is highly coordinated. They are fighting an undeclared war with tyrants who want to take everything they have, who are seeking to demolish civil society and replace it with the state. This is the fight of our lives, and we cannot speak of “democracy” again until there is an unconditional victory, and those responsible for the pandemic’s atrocities are chastened, humiliated, chased out of power, and punished for their crimes.

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About Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a Mt. Vernon fellow of the Center for American Greatness and a staff writer and weekly columnist at the Conservative Institute. His writing has also appeared in the Daily Caller. Follow him on Twitter @matt_boose. ‏

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