February 29, 2016

WATCH -- Mark Steyn: "If you push back as hard as the Left pushes for their causes, your cause can be won"

Laura Rosen CohenRebel Blogger

I highly recommend watching these (sadly, very few) minutes from the Prophet Mark Steyn PBUH's appearance in Australia.

I've said for a long time, that our liberties are stolen away from us by the political left in incremental, sometimes barely perceptible moves.

So much of the allegedly free populace of Western nations has become so obviously and pathetically castrated and anesthetized by the political left that we forget that our liberties are not theirs for the taking.

The only way, as Steyn rightly points out, is to exercise liberty on a daily basis.

That means being free on a micro level all the time, instead of despairing about the macro picture.

Now don't get me wrong, the macro picture is truly dreadful. But we all have it in our powers to live freely on a micro level, within our own circles, and our own communities. And if you don't live freely in your own sphere, with your own children, within your own life, then you are part of the problem. It means do what you can and not what you can't.

And for goooodnesssssssake stop kvetching about what we "can't" do.

They can only get away with it if we let them.

If we let them frame the terms of the debate, if we let them frame the language, if we let them tell us what we "can" and can't say, what we can and can't think, what we can and not joke about, what costumes we can wear, what jokes we can tell, what songs we can sing, if we acquiesce so willingly and so pathetically to the SHUT UP, then we can and must only blame ourselves for our loss of liberty.

Interestingly enough, the great Instapundit, Professor Glenn Reynolds, picked up on this very theme earlier this week in his USA Today column.

I think you will find it's a very insightful and,complimentary piece to Mark Steyn's remarks.

He notes, describing the Trump wave:

"Express the “wrong” opinions in British or American politics or academia and it’s the (figurative) gulag for you; if you work at a fast-food place, the consequences are generally less steep. But when enough ordinary voters express an opinion, the elites may feel safer, too."

"In his terrific book, Private Truths, Public Lies:The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification, Timur Kuran writes about the phenomenon he calls “preference falsification”: People tend to hide unpopular views to avoid ostracism or punishment; they stop hiding them when they feel safe."

You get it, my friend? Crazy as it may seem, the "best" part about Donald Trump is that he is creating a "safe space" for sane citizens of democracies in general and in America specifically.

That is to say: forget the wall with Mexico and forget the hotels and casinos. This endeavor could be the most impressive and YUGEST thing Donald Trump ever actually built! Patriotic and civilized "safe space" for non-leftists. Imagine that.

What does this "safe space" also create? Back to Professor Reynolds:

"This can produce rapid change: In totalitarian societies like the old Soviet Union, the police and propaganda organizations do their best to enforce preference falsification. Such regimes have little legitimacy, but they spend a lot of effort making sure that citizens don't realize the extent to which their fellow-citizens dislike the regime. If the secret police and the censors are doing their job, 99% of the populace can hate the regime and be ready to revolt against it — but no revolt will occur because no one realizes that everyone else feels the same way."


"This works until something breaks the spell and the discontented realize that their feelings are widely shared, at which point the collapse of the regime may seem very sudden to outside observers — or even to the citizens themselves. Kuran calls this sudden change a “preference cascade,” and I wonder if that’s not what’s happening here."

Michael Marrus, a scholar of the Holocaust once said about the Holocaust and all its horror that there is a big difference between "knowing it" and "getting it."

The GOP has known it for a while, but refuses to "get it".

Freedom and liberty-loving individuals, who are not ashamed of the superiority of our Judeo-Christian civilization and heritage "get it."

Mark Steyn gets it.

Glenn Reynolds gets it.

If you "get it", you must live free or die -- your spirit and soul will go first, and then your body will follow.

There's no other way.

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commented 2016-03-01 14:58:21 -0500
Why do we have to wait until Notley is booted out. There is 4 million people (does that include children) of which 240,000 to 250,000 are union members so if the majority of Albertans do not get out and vote she may well be re-elected just with the union votes. Why if we gathered 2 million signatures on a petition to separate and presented it to the Lieutenant Governor of Canada who is the Queen’s representative not sufficient to allow us to vote for separation.
commented 2016-03-01 11:56:56 -0500
As an ‘informed engaged lefite’,. I have to point out the fatal flaw in Mr Steyn’s remarks – while noting in passing I agree with a great deal of what he says. The fatal flaw, however, is that most of what Mr Steyn rails against, blaming ‘the left’, is not actually ‘left’ stuff at all, in simple and strictish definitional terms. Without getting into the long essay this topic deserves because Mr Steyn’s mischaracterisations are widely spread by ‘the right’, let’s just debunk his current rant, which appears to be the notion that ‘the left’ is trying to restrict ‘free speech’. The problem is, ‘free speech’ has nothing to do with the true ‘right-left’ divide, which goes back to somewhere around French Revolution times, where we have the entrenched nobility sitting to ‘the right’ of the king, and the ‘commoners’ sitting to ‘the left’ – and that remains the essential divide, for those who understand what is going on around here – ‘the right’ speaks for wealth and power, ‘the left’ speaks for the common people joining together to fight back against wealth and power. Power then, as now, resides generally with the wealthy, and to even accuse ‘the left’ of unduly restricting what the wealthy get up to is just laughable. When ‘rights’ are infringed in any kind of oligarchic setting, which Canada surely is, it is pretty much by definition the wealthy elite pushing back against whatever small concessions the workers have made against their unrestricted power.

The ‘deeper truth’ behind this is that the current 3 major Cdn political parties are all controlled by Bay St money – we don’t have any ‘left-right’ divide here, we have a kind of ‘center-right’ party with the NDP, and mid- to far-right parties with the Libs and Cons, depending on which province or the national picture you are talking about. But note the true ‘left-right’ policies – with things such as ‘free trade’, all Bay St parties support these deals, but the true ‘left’ position is completely opposed, as the presentation is just a lie, the ‘trade’ deals are not about ‘trade’ at all, but about increasing the power of those who own the country, and pushing back ‘democracy’, such remnants as are left in the country; or the big ‘austerity’ drive the last few years – all the Bay St parties support this, all (or maybe just ‘we few’) true lefties understand this is just a massive scam and oppose it (read more here if interested – What Happened http://www.rudemacedon.ca/what-happened.html ); or the ‘war on terrorism’, and the endless bombing of so many countries around the world to solidify the power of the US hegemon – all true lefties strongly oppose this sh**, while all Bay St parties of the ‘right’ oligarchy of course support them.

One could go on, but the point is clear, and beyond refutation. The rulers, the wealthy, oligarchic ‘right’, understand this, and thus must find other means to make ‘the people’ believe there is some kind of real political divide in the country, so they create artificial ‘big issues’ to sell to the people, and further sell them as some kind of ‘right-left’ divide, as Steyn does here, taking what are essentially quite small social issues such as abortion or ‘gay rights’ and blowing them up into the big deal they are not with the accompanying lie that they have something to do with ‘right’ vs ‘left’, which they do not. To return to his ‘free speech’ issue, for example, it is rightwing governments (recalling what I said above about all Cdn parties actually being under the control of Bay St and ‘big money’) pushing the attacks on ‘free speech’, and the rightwing media (another big very risible nonsense that the Cdn media are ‘left leaning’, with their full out support of bombing everything that moves in the mideast, their support of ‘austerity’, their support of corporate-power-enhancing ‘trade’ deals (by gatekeeping any information about what is going on as much as anything), and so on.
commented 2016-03-01 02:09:10 -0500
Mark Steyn is right – again – no doubt about it…. The nexus of our ills as a declining society stems from a number of sources…. The decades long deliberate distortion of our school and university curriculums, the milquetoast leadership of so-called conservative politicians, the dumbing-down of our society by the entertainment media… But the single biggest factor has been the wholesale distortion of reality by most of the Canadian news media… As has been pointed out many times, both going into, and coming out of our last federal election, you have to dig deep to find the truth given what passes for “news” 24 hours a day now… As for fighting back – Hell Yes!… Canadians of traditional conservatives values have to become unapologetically bloody-minded about not tolerating the crap the socialists are trying to impose upon us… Don’t apologize; don’t chicken out; don’t doubt your values – because the lefties sure as Hell don’t!…
commented 2016-03-01 02:08:41 -0500
McLernon. Bitter Irishman much??

Michael Mann. Wrong side of history ??? You’re a Left Wing Soocialist – same as Hitler, and you wanna talk about wrong side of history? You do know it was Lefty Deomocrats that were AGAINST ending slavery right? And it was Christians Conservatives demanding an end to it? Wasn’t it your ilk demanding the end to DDT only to cost the lives of 30 MILLION ppl? You’re a complete ignoramous Mann. You need to “self-depopulate” immediately!!!
commented 2016-03-01 02:01:55 -0500
Jamie. Thks for the link. I’ve signed up, starting to read. Cheers!!
commented 2016-03-01 01:27:57 -0500
Michael Mann what planet are you talking about? I see the worst in history from left wing socialist scum, the champion mass murderers of all time. Maybe look at some real history. And i have asked to see if you are even remotely human, please say something in defense of that woman stoned to death in the other story if you have it in you. I doubt it though. You are a coward who would support the dickless worms stoning her.
commented 2016-02-29 17:16:27 -0500
Once again Mark speaks the necessary truth. We are free individuals, since the inception of Canada we are free individuals, but, the individual has become complacent and apathetic. Content to whine for “the government to do something” rather than the individual standing up and ‘doing’ for themselves. As Mark stated, if we stand together as free individuals and speak freely against hysterical censors the fight can be won. But, as Mark also mentions, those that would see you forcefully censored are a reality. I fear we are at a point in our society that there will be blood shed on Canadian soil before the censors and ideologues will be dislodged from their grip on our country.
commented 2016-02-29 16:48:52 -0500
“If there are people that do not see this as scary, dangerous, and destructive than that is because they themselves are scary, dangerous, and destructive. "

I think it is because most of them are plain yellow, SHELDON BERG…and the rest are pain stupid: more concerned with Kardashian cracks than Keynesian crashes.
commented 2016-02-29 16:11:09 -0500
Mark Steyn is one of the most brilliant and intelligent poltical commentators I have ever heard. He is an example of sophisticated thinking. If he has an equal it will not be found on the left of centre. I believe the reason that you cannot find a person of Mark Steyn’s caliber on the left is that the ideas of the left do not allow that to happen. Ideas from the ‘progressive’, modern liberal, socialist, left are not built on any set of principles or philosophy that does not lead to conclusions that are obviously flawed. An example that is easy to pick a part is the lefts approach to economics and fiscal management. Left leaning governments have believed for years that there is no problem they cannot spend their way out of. Successive ‘progressive’ governments in Quebec have held the rest of Canada hostage for years while spending billions of other provinces money. The current Liberal Wynne government is spending Ontario into the abyss for an agenda that is unfounded and based on a Liberal ideology that is not bringing any benefit to Ontario citizens and forcing the rest of Canada to shoulder a good part of the financial responsibility. Obama and his democratic government in the USA have racked up record national debt that could lead the greatest economic nation into insolvency. Greece and countries of similar socialist policies are dragging down the EU and taking countries like Germany with it. Left of centre economic policies always take from those that generate wealth and destroy the wealth generator as well as the riches that were generated.
Mark Steyn understands the underpinnings of a free society and has experienced first hand the forces that would take away his freedom. If you don’t know Mark Steyn’s story you should learn it. If the current progressive movement to limit free speech is not concerning than what is? Mr. Steyn makes the great point that the competition of ideas is necessary for a civilized society. This competition of ideas requires free speech and needs to allow for a diversity of opinion. Ben Shapiro, who is in a similar class as Mr. Steyn, recognizes that it is the diversity of opinion and competing values that is important. The left is always fighting over the very superficial idea of diversity of skin colour, or diversity of culture, or diversity of religion, etc. No one should be discriminated because of their skin colour, or religion, or cultural background – this is not controversial among rational, free thinking, and moral people. Yet the left wants to impose racial, religious, and cultural quotas on society while shutting down diversity of thought, opinion, and speech. If there are people that do not see this as scary, dangerous, and destructive than that is because they themselves are scary, dangerous, and destructive.
Mark Steyn is an intelligent and courageous individual who is confronting what might be the greatest threat to western civilization since the Cold War.
commented 2016-02-29 15:23:52 -0500
Dylan McLernon commented 2 mins ago
The limey should go back to England. England should get the hell out of Ireland, if they want to separate from the EU. English banks should get the hell out of Canada. Tired of the English, even this twit trying to tell us what to do.

I like Mark Steyn even though he is overbearing in his opinions. He is a fighter for freedom and liberty and his heart is in the right place. I am sure he has enemies but he is also well respected in places like Australia and the US.
I would rather the English get out of the poisonous EU then anywhere else. They can come to Canada as they are our ally and have been since confederation.
Wouldn’t you rather see muslims leave Canada and maybe Trudeau get tossed out to one of his Islamic allied countries?
commented 2016-02-29 15:18:50 -0500
Bill Smith – there is a separation party here in Alberta. It is called "ALBERTA INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT’ Also there is a website called www.freealberta.com. It sets out in detail how Alberta gains financially by separating – how the CPP and pensions will be handled as well as other aspects of live affecting all Albertas by staying in Canada. After reading "freealberta.com, you will be like the rest of us and want to separate.
commented 2016-02-29 15:14:08 -0500
The limey should go back to England. England should get the hell out of Ireland, if they want to separate from the EU. English banks should get the hell out of Canada. Tired of the English, even this twit trying to tell us what to do.
commented 2016-02-29 14:46:14 -0500
Being in the West, I’m not opposed to Western Separation… and even if it’s a far-fetched idea, might be worth to pursue so that the ruling Eastern Elites’ war on the west will be dulled a little.
commented 2016-02-29 14:35:16 -0500
Hey Mikey Mann. How did the commies make out in WWII? Try again. Don’t you have some shoes to shine or some other high quality job like licking boots?
commented 2016-02-29 14:23:10 -0500
You can’t win if you are on the wrong side of history and conservatives are in many regards.
commented 2016-02-29 14:18:09 -0500
Virginia Fielding. Alberta has to wait until Notley is booted and the Wildrose/PC merger is elected. Saskatchewan citizens feel the same as Alberta because we are both being treated the same way. This can be confirmed by the comments section of internet articles. How wide and far is the appetite for separation from Canada? There are small sample polls being taken and I get the impression the desire to separate is growing on a daily basis. Manitoba would probably attach itself to a western separation with a new conservative government which will be elected within a few weeks. BC is more of a question mark because Vancouver and the Island are socialist but the vast geography of the interior are blue collar and I think they would jump at the chance to form a union of western provinces. Yukon would also probably see the advantages of separation. Alberta would have to initiate the separation and the others would follow.
commented 2016-02-29 14:16:08 -0500
Deborah, that is one billboard I’d definitely
Fund. I’m all for a Strong and Free West.
commented 2016-02-29 14:15:59 -0500
Excellent post Laura, Steyn has it right.

So following Mr.. Steyn’s comments;

Trudeau is a Muslim Marxist idiot, who worships a Death Cult. In my opinion he would be better if he was in the same condition as his Father.

Climate change, due to the actions of Man is nothing but a money grab by Marxist scum, like Trudeau, Wynne and Notley. They are Con Artists.

Winston Churchill was right, Muslims are the scum of the earth, The worst ones come from Pakistan and North Africa, where inbreeding is most common.

Feminist’s and Gays should be put into mental institutions..

All Left Wing Politicians are controlled by the Marxist UN, who’s agenda is world wide domination by Islam.

It is time to start calling a Spade a Spade.
commented 2016-02-29 14:09:05 -0500
So many of the left’s causes start out as a valid concern and eventually get pushed to a level of extreme absurdity and hypocrisy. At some point, when sane people have had enough, and start to say / do something about the absurdity, they are instantly vilified as ‘divisive’.
commented 2016-02-29 14:08:00 -0500
We need Ezra to paste western separation petitions on his billboard signs! It’s the only way to catch people’s attention, since the MSM is censoring the news.
commented 2016-02-29 14:03:04 -0500
I get it!
And that is why I won’t stop thinking, I won’t shut up and why I will meet those jack-boots kicking in my door at 3:00AM with gun power…my knees are too old to live on.
commented 2016-02-29 13:59:56 -0500
Why aren’t we fighting back now before our streets flow red with blood. What is happening in Europe with the army of migrants will soon be on our soil. You can see by the videos they didn’t come in peace for a better life, They came to set up their caliphate and we are so politically correct we are allowing it. It blows my mind why the gay community, Christians ands minorities voted for Trudeau who intends to change Canada into a Moslem country under Sharia law. The best way to defeat this is for Canada to split. It’s dysfunctional now and will only get worse. Alberta should be the first to separate which will be followed by Saskatchewan and then whatever other province in Western Canada who values their freedoms under democracy. If you care about the future generations, your loyalty can no longer be as a Canadian first and Albertans second.
commented 2016-02-29 13:56:32 -0500
Bill Elder. Did you swallow a political science text book? Every time I read your posts I have to open up the dictionary to understand what the heck you are talking about. Just kidding buddy, you make a lot of sense and I am just starting to figure out what has been going on for the past 50 years. Here is a link that I have been reading lately that fits in with what is happening today. The best article so far has been the KGB defector who explained how they have infiltrated the US and other countries and produced the problems that are being experienced today.

commented 2016-02-29 12:59:03 -0500
The best way to combat leftist extremism, cultural-race-identity Maxism (AKA Political Correctness) is to simply and loudly and repeatedly throw their inheren intolerance, bullying, exclusion back at them – their hypocrisy is their trademark and undoing. Refuse to surrender an argument to deceit and you will win.

SJWs and other dogmatic leftists have only 2 ways to protect the vast fallibility of their belief system – deceit and silencing the truth. Allow them neither and their big lie is laid bare.
commented 2016-02-29 12:56:41 -0500
They can’t silence us if we push back as hard as they do everyday. They can’t jail over half the population. We become so complacent and look what happens. It is not a job that is won and done. It has to be fought for everyday forever. Totalitarian creep is like Boston ivy. Invasive, impossible to eradicate. All you can do is keep cutting it back or it takes over.
commented 2016-02-29 12:26:56 -0500
Gotta love this g.uy