Canada & The Freedom Convoy precedent

Canada is not the kind and friendly place you see depicted in the media.While undoubtedly more polite (and often more open-minded) than its neighbo(u)r to the south, Canada has a long history of human rights abuses it would rather the world never hear about.

Instead Canada Is Massively Overrated, Impossibly Unsustainable and Wildly Corrupt.

To provide some context:

Canada is, essentially, a nation of real estate-obsessed hyper-individualist consumers whose core identity is smugly: “We’re not Americans.”

Before we dwell into the “Freedom Convoy” saga first we have to cover the most crucial characteristic:

Canada is a fake democracy

Canada’s Parliamentary “democracy” is actually a constitutional monarchy, meaning that the Queen of England theoretically can veto any bill she doesn’t like.

It’s voting system is the dopily named “First-Past-The-Post,” and it has a huge host of problems, the main one being that it drastically underrepresents the voting populace and encourages dismal voter turnout.

In one election, one party got 7.7% of the vote and received 32 seats, while another party captured 6.5% of the vote and ended up with a tenth as many seats.

In another election, it meant that the ruling party had absolute and total control over the fate of the nation despite receiving just 33% of the total votes.

The FPTP system is so wildly corrupt that current PM Justin Trudeau promised to get rid of it, but as soon as he came to power, he immediately stopped talking about it.

Also: Canada doesn’t have term limits, which allows Prime Ministers to consolidate their position and amass far too much power. One PM served for nearly 22 years.The current PM is on his third term and his father served four.

Now that we have laid down some context behind Chinada let’s jump to the main topic of this article.

The Freedom Convoy precedent and what it means for one’s freedom

The so-called Freedom Convoy, numbering several thousand truck drivers, occupied the centre of the Canadian capital, blaring horns and blocking traffic, ostensibly in protest over Covid-19 vaccine mandates.

The demonstrators have been actively calling for the resignation of Justin Trudeau, the Liberal Prime Minister,

Public support from the likes of Elon Musk, Jordan Peterson and Donald Trump drew attention to what became a broader protest against all public health mandates and, indeed, Trudeau’s government itself.

Following weeks of occupation that have paralyzed the nation’s capital and other cities throughout the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today invoked Canada’s Emergencies Act to respond to the “Freedom Convoy” protests.

The act grants the federal government additional temporary powers to deal with critical situations and has never been used since its creation in 1988. In a press conference Trudeau said he would use the Emergencies Act to reign in the protests through several methods — among which is an expansion of Canada’s money-laundering laws to cover crowdfunding platforms and cryptocurrency transactions.

And without hesitation the government went full authoritarian mode, infringing the privacy, the economic and political rights of thousands of newly naturalized Chinadian citizens.

Canada Sanctions 34 Crypto Wallets Tied to Trucker ‘Freedom Convoy’

Countless Mareva Injuction court orders have been sent out to banks, fintech companies, intermediaries, crypto exchanges and even open source self custodial wallets.

As crazy as it might sound it’s true.

I couldn’t let it pass without including the exchange between Nunchuk, a self custodial wallet and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

And the epic response from Nunchuk:

Now there are so many things wrong with these intrusive parodical inquiries, as one would think that people at positions of power would have the best intentions at heart and mind, also the necessary technical/technological capacity or resources to comprehend and differentiate centralized KYC exchanges from open source self-custodial wallets, but I guess that’s not the case.

Nevertheless those are all technicalities, we are judging the precedent itself.

How and when did Canada, the sweet maple syrup Canada become a doppelgänger of Communist China?

I guess it comes down to the fact that for decades people have delegated their freedoms and now their freedoms are under attack, on disproportional basis, as more and more authoritarian practices are subtly embraced by western civilizations.

“It is not famine, not earthquakes, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is man’s greatest danger to man, for the simple reason that there is no adequate protection against psychic epidemics, which are infinitely more devastating than the worst of natural disasters.” — Carl Jung

How can we preserve one’s freedom?

As John Culkin succinctly describes :

“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.”

The tools we were gifted, miraculously or by purpose

Bitcoin: A New Hope

Bitcoin has the potential to bend the grand arc of human history back towards a free market paradigm. Bitcoin is doing this in the market for money, and its underlying technology may one day be applied to other markets like equities, bonds, and real estate. Going forward, Bitcoin promises to further liberate us from the clutches of time scarcity, eliminate time theft via inflation, reinvigorate individual sovereignty, and, as a cumulative result, radically increase social scalability worldwide.

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