According to Meriam-Webster, the word freedom is defined as the quality or state of being free: such as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action and the liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another. It is the antithesis of control, authoritarianism, and tyranny and its desired ends are paramount to the fostering a more peaceful and just society.
The desire to be free is the very fabric on which societies have constructed and fought for their independence for centuries. While it should seem obvious that the goal of freedom and justice for all is the epitome of what a free society should entail, the idea of freedom has long been a polarizing issue.
Many folks believe that safety is more important than freedom and therefore, they feel that society's freedom should be limited in exchange for a promise of safety from a governing body. Oddly enough, despite governments failing to achieve this goal — ever — people still willfully relinquish their personal freedoms to the state only to watch that promise of security be broken, almost immediately, every, single, time.
Recently, this was the case with covid-19. The virus is extremely dangerous to a certain population, especially those with comorbidities like obesity. However, early on in the pandemic it was apparent that most healthy people under 65 were largely spared from harsh complications. Even though we had this data, young healthy people demanded that the government take away our freedoms in exchange for the illusion of safety. And an illusion it was.
As we witnessed over December and January, no amount of tyranny, authoritarianism, or surrendered freedom were able to contain the Omicron variant as it ripped through highly vaccinated covid tyrannies in spite of state action. We were told that to stop the virus, we only needed to surrender a little bit of our freedom. This was the noble gesture to which many people agreed with early on.
But as days turned into months and months into years, even the most pro-lockdown folks began to question what they've been doing. Australia locked people in camps, Austria arrested people for being unjabbed, New York police beat and arrested people for not wearing masks, and governments world wide forced their citizens to show their papers to be able to go out in public.
Despite all of this surrendering of freedom, covid returned — with a vengeance even — in the despotic states like Australia. Once the people realized that giving up their freedoms didn't stop the virus, more and more of them became angry and demanded those freedoms back. Contrary to what your television tells you, these folks are from all walks of life and political affiliations.
Tens of millions of people have protested worldwide against their governments and most recently, a massive convoy of truckers travelled to Canada's capitol in Ottawa to demand the state return their freedom. This has morphed into a rallying cry for the world and the Canadian government has taken exceedingly authoritarian steps to quash it.
Though a handful of the protesters displayed hateful symbols and ideologies, the overwhelming majority of people at the trucker protests have been good people from all over the political spectrum as well as cultural backgrounds — who simply want their lives back.
Despite the political and cultural diversity of the protesters, it is the job of the mainstream press to protect the establishment. So, when people stand up against the establishment, the mainstream press jumps in to demonize them, even if it means abandoning truth in favor of divide.
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In an article by Canada's mainstream outlet, CBC, the writer interviewed multiple "experts" in an attempt to paint those who believe in freedom as far-right, white nationalist, racists. Seriously.
One of the experts interviewed in the article, 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.
But this is simply false. As the vaccine does not prevent transmission or infection, and only reduces severity, there is no "greater good" to be argued in the case of forcing others to take it.
Exactly why CBC decided to interview "anti-hate" experts in an article about truckers protesting for their "freedom" becomes entirely clear when truckers and other protesters who come from all races and politics are grouped into a single box — far-right.
It is the typical "us v. them" mentality and people are beginning to see through it.
This "far-right" labelling is a tactic used by many within the establishment left, to demonize anyone who opposes their narrative — including prominent leftists — by grouping them into a non-existent growing faction of rightwing nut jobs.
This tactic was on display in a recent list put out by anti-Rogan fanatics who categorized his guests by their political affiliation. Included in the column of "right wingers," were outspoken leftists such as Russell Brand, Adam Curry, Tulsi Gabbard, Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, Tim Pool, and Bret and Eric Weinstein.
As this article and this list illustrate, merely going against the status quo — in an entirely peaceful and respectful manner — will get you labeled as "far-right." While this paradigm of thought control and manipulation may seem bleak, however, the fact that this is all they have left to use, means that free thinking, freedom loving, peaceful people who use truth and facts to make their points, are winning.
The tyrants are on the ropes.
If standing up for the freedom to decide what I can and can't put in my body makes me "far-right," then so be it. I want to be as far away from anyone who thinks forcing me to undergo a medical procedure against my will, is acceptable.