December 21, 2015

Ezra Levant's favourite 2015 interviews: Noam Chomsky, Roosh V. and Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin

Rebel Staff

To wind up the year, I've selected my three favourite interviews of 2015.

When was still brand new, I landed an interview with linguist and far-left hero, professor Noam Chomsky.

It was one of our first "viral videos," with viewers on either side of the political divide arguing about who won the debate.

We talked about Israel and U.S. foreign policy, but what surprised me the most was Chomsky's answer to my question about campus speech codes and political correctness...

I'd never heard of the "pick up artist" who calls himself "Roosh V." before politicians and social justice warriors tried to prevent him from speaking in Canada.

That's why I knew I had to talk to him. I was the only Canadian journalist who interviewed Roosh instead of just writing about him based on third-hand gossip.

I don't agree with everything Roosh says, obviously.

But what's interesting is that, for a guy who got famous writing about his sexual adventures (and sharing tips on this topic with other men), Roosh seems to be a bit of a traditionalist, saying that feminism (and technology) have ruined old fashioned courtship and marriage.


Finally, I picked my conversation with Canada's Miss World finalist, Anastasia Lin.

She certainly shatters any stereotypes about pageant contestants: Lin uses her acting talents to highlight oppression in communist China, particularly that government's crack down on religious freedom.

This year's Miss World ceremony was held in China. Not only did the Chinese government withhold her visa, but it also threatened her father, who still lives there.

Lin is a real hero, a freedom fighter determined to live by her principles. 



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commented 2015-12-23 17:00:32 -0500
You asked for comment on Roosh V.’s lament of the tight proscription of men in secular relationships.

Homosexuality equalizes gay men to single women undermining the profound wonder of femininity.
Feminism arises to combat the degradation of womanhood.
Feminism degrades the authority and respect for manhood.
Competition devalues the treasure of procreativity.
Women devalue the gift of motherhood and infancy to the quantity of 100,000 abortions a year in Canada.
The loss of a million of boys and girls per decade limits men’s and women’s choice for mates.
Babies that do come to term are socially selected from the millions that are aborted.
This drives the stylization of men and women to modeled types.
Perversion is fuelled by men who are denied normal sexual relationships because they do not fit stylized models.
All these behaviours are normalized by social and self-justification.
They are immoral (wrong) and destructive.
Many know this and don’t care, but many are looking for a way out.
There is a way out of these choices.
Respect for the only two sexual orientations, men and women.
Respect for marriage and respect for human life.
Deviation from these leads to the cycle that Roosh V. laments.

Thes are the unspoken results of homosexuality, abortion and perversion.
What God is doing about it are our news headlines: Mass killings, infiltration of reactionary religions, and natural disasters.
commented 2015-12-22 15:37:58 -0500
I found the Chomsky interview very interesting, and I fear he’s so deep into his own narrative he doesn’t see how the landscape has shifted over the decades. As you pointed out Ezra, it’s ironic that whereas the left-wingers of the 60’s and 70’s were champions of free speech, they now seem to be the ones censoring that same value. This is likely because of a shift of the leftist ideology itself from libertarian to more socialist. Chomsky’s own “Manufacturing Consent” attacked the media, much as Conservatives now do. Chomsky asserts this is due to the corporatization of the media, and he isn’t necessarily incorrect; but what he doesn’t attune to is that those in charge of the media corporations are leftists: Viacom was already called out for it’s affiliations to the democratic party, Time Warner is a known contributor to DNC and various democratic candidates, Disney is a supporter of exclusively democratic candidates, as is GE. Only Murdoch’s newscorp leans Republican. Of course all companies lobby for various committees to exert influence, no matter the party. Chomsky believes the “War on Terror” is the social control mechanism thus he sees the motivations as being purely about American Imperialism. Conservatives however submit that the social control mechanism is in fact the social engineering that is permeating every pore of society these days—political correctness, fear of being racist, fear of being sexist, fear of being Islamophobic. It’s the same ironic narrative with which we were inundated during our election: that Harper was “fearmongering” while doing no such thing, but it was framed in such a manner that voters should fear Harper (i.e. actual fearmongering) as he embodied all those social sins that we must fear (racism, Islamophobia, sexism, homophobia etc.). Love your show! Thanks.
commented 2015-12-22 12:11:05 -0500
Two of my favorite interviews you had at The Sun were Bjorn Lomborg and Alex Epstein. These two have such realistic ideas about improving human life for all and how the pathetic concepts of catastrophic climate change danger are likely to destroy the ability for millions to improve their lives. Their message really needs to be spread and thought about.

I would also like to suggest a few ways to improve your site and help rebuild the right. I agree with the need for shorter video segments for sharing on computer as others have suggested, but on the other hand, some of us would like to simply “turn on the TV” and sit back and be fed interesting news for an hour or two. This was great with Sun News. We could come home, and turn on the Sun, watch a few hours of steady, interesting information. Some of the “smart TV” devices make it a chore to flip between short videos. It would be great to have a 48 hour loop of the latest videos. The long show format is good for this, but sometimes I find I cannot the patience to struggle with a TV remote to watch a short video.

Another idea I suggest is to have a way to share important right-wing (and left too) ideology. There are several basic concepts; free speech, climate change, economics, government waste and such. It would be great to have a semi-permanent list of important books, podcasts, and videos on each of these topics. This could possibly be set up as a user forum. For example Alex and Bjorn certainly have some excellent media explaining the “other side of the story” ( )

Anyways, thanks to all at The Rebel for a great new way to watch the media. I think the merging of TV and internet has been really well done and know I can speak for all the fans in wishing you great success in the coming years. It was an impressive start. We can’t wait to see more.
commented 2015-12-22 11:39:59 -0500
Jamie Drummond said, “What a load of rubbish.”

Can you be more specific?
commented 2015-12-22 09:51:14 -0500
Get Stephen Coughlin. Author of Catastrophic Failure.
commented 2015-12-22 02:52:39 -0500
What a load of rubbish.
commented 2015-12-21 21:40:26 -0500
Ladies. Ladies. Ladies. It is time to stop Wowing and to start Wooing. Western civilization is dying out, if you do not have at least three children in your younger years, You can say goodbye to a civilized Canada. We will be no more.
It will be hard to tie yourselves down, when you are young and full of fun, I can understand that. Just think of it as a duty to mankind. When a Soldier is called to do his duty, he puts his life on the line, for You.
If you think about it, it is only You who can save us all from extinction.
commented 2015-12-21 21:07:47 -0500
Sorry Ms. Lin, the present government was too busy being distracted with trying to fulfill a totally unrealistic effort to bring the whole middle east to Canada. No time to call in the Chinese ambassador to argue on behalf of an existing citizen, because as we all know ""There’s a level of admiration I actually have for China. Their basic dictatorship is actually allowing them to turn their economy around on a dime." I’m sure he’ll offer to pose for a selfie with you however.
commented 2015-12-21 20:53:40 -0500
Future Ezra interviews? Hmmm, let me think? Yep, first and only at top of me list…Ezra interviews our wee, special prince, one on one, no holds barred, all candid … minus the whole Beavis with Butts-in-his-head canned response! That is tops on my grown up Christmas list! Second,, Miss World face-off with precious pm asking just why he is so enamoured with a dictatorship like China.