The pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong continue their efforts, despite arrests and a violent police response. Although I think Hong Kongers might find find having democracy not such a wonderful thing as wanting democracy, I certainly would never go so far as to provide support for their opponents. At least, not voluntarily –
“Many have persistently questioned why China received bilateral aid from Canada, given its economic superpower status, military muscle and increasing influence on world affairs, including a growing development budget of its own.
“When you go to the eastern part of China, which is where probably where 99 per cent of Canadians, if they go to China, do go, places like Beijing or Shanghai, they would put to shame almost any Canadian city,” said Bruce Muirhead, associate vice-president of external research at the University of Waterloo, who has studied the issue of Canadian aid to China.
“But if you go a little bit into the interior, it’s a completely different situation. … It’s not the urban areas where CIDA puts its money, it’s in the rural areas. Those people really need help.”
Then those people should get it directly from the people who are trying to help them! Because when the Canadian government gives money to the Chinese government, it all goes in to one big pool, no matter how much anyone pretends it gets spent on one thing and not another. So long as the money moves from one government to another, taxpayers are funding mace and truncheons for opression to the same degree as they are funding health care and eduction for liberty.
Small comfort to the protesters currently being clubbed, but aid to China ceases at the end of the year.
More photos of US military troops posing with Afghani corpses have come to light, the soldiers smiling away. I can’t judge them harshly, because I think most of them believe they are doing a good thing by serving, and for the moment they are proud of what they think is a job well done.
Sadly, as evidenced by the above series of photographs of three US Marines before, during, and after Afghanistan, the smiles will fade from their eyes, to be replaced by something much duller and harder. And all for nothing. Such a waste.
“This wasn’t a “Special Clothing For Special People” catalog. There wasn’t a call out somewhere on the page proudly proclaiming that “Target’s proud to feature a model with Down syndrome in this week’s ad!” And they didn’t even ask him to model a shirt with the phrase, “We Aren’t All Angels” printed on the front.
In other words, they didn’t make a big deal out of it. I like that.”
Of course, if Target had made a big deal out of it, there would likely be ugly things said about cynicism and greed, so they did what the market would most reward them for doing – treat a child with Down Syndrome just the same as they would any other kid. No need for any special acts, regulation, or other government mischief. Just pure self-interest and the profit motive, working together to create a more tolerant, inclusive, and egalitarian world.
“‘Any kind of racism or anti-Semitism is incompatible with my philosophy,’ Paul said in an interview with Haaretz, conducted by email. ‘Ludwig von Mises, the great economist whose writing helped inspire my political career, was a Jew who was forced to leave his native Austria to escape the Nazis. Mises wrote about the folly of seeing people as part of groups rather than as individuals,’ Paul said.”
“Q. Do you support completely cutting all foreign aid, including the aid to Israel? Paul: Yes, I am personally against all foreign aid. We give $3 billion to Israel and $12 billion to her avowed enemies. How does that help Israel? And in return, we act like her master and demand veto power over her foreign policy.”
Also, check out Megan Kelly’s interview with Doug Wead, senior advisor to the Good Doctor:
“A Canadian senator has called for a national “emblem makeover” by replacing a vegetarian rodent that defends its territory with urine with the world’s largest walking carnivore that thrives in the cold.
Referring to the beaver as a “dentally defective rat,” Nicole Eaton called on Ottawa to replace the critter as the national emblem with the polar bear, an animal she hails as strong, majestic and brave.”
The beaver is respected for being peaceful and industrious, qualities long attributed to Canadians. However, the Senator may have a point. Given the recent willingness of Canadians to join with the imperialist US government in various foreign adventures, perhaps something a little more blood-thirsty would be in order.
“China spoke out strongly Sunday against a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, saying it “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and harmed Sino-U.S. relations.”
“This action seriously interfered with China’s internal affairs,” said Ma Zhaoxu, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, in a statement, adding that officials have lodged formal complaints with their U.S. counterparts in Beijing and Washington.”
Relax, says Washington –
“During the closed-door visit at the White House, Obama stressed the U.S. policy that “Tibet is a part of the People’s Republic of China and the United States does not support independence for Tibet,” the White House said.”
STFU, White House! First of all, the US government is not the United States, so don’t none of y’all go saying, “The US supports this” or “The US doesn’t support that”. Secondly, the US government isn’t supposed to go sticking it’s nose into the internal affairs of any other country. If Tibet, or Xinjiang, or Sichuan, or any other province wants independence from China, that’s not a concern for the US government. Americans who want to support one side or the other can do so, but when the federal government starts in, sooner or later you’re dropping civilian-killing bombs on places like Libya and encouraging resentment against your whole country. Just knock it off, feds.
The prophet speaks! Wow. I am really excited to say the least. I didn’t think Ron Paul would run. If he does I honestly believe he will have a good chance – his supporters will be more motivated to push his message this time. Hopefully a lot of the grassroots left who considered him for his anti war position will get on board after seeing Obama deploy 30,000 troops in Afghanistan and continue to bomb Pakistan with drones.
“Canada is free and freedom is its nationality.” — Sir Wilfred Laurier
As a young conservative growing up in Canada I looked to the Founding Father’s of the United States as champions of liberty. In my twenties, as my political philosophy shifted to libertarianism, I looked to the Austrian economists and their precursors for inspiration. I found the politics of my mother country drab. What a joy it has been to discover that Canada’s seventh prime minister, Sir Wilfred Laurier, was a classical liberal. He served as Canada’s leader from July, 11 1896—October 5, 1911.
Sir Laurier’s chief political ideals were individual liberty and decentralisation of power. Like every good libertarian he opposed conscription and war. Specifically he stood in opposition to Canada’s entrance into World War 1. Under his leadership Saskatchewan and Alberta were brought into confederation. Rather than opposing the British Empire he believed that Canada should be an autonomous nation within it as long as it was based on “absolute liberty political and commercial”. On the same note he believed the provinces should have maximum freedom within the larger framework of Canada.
Brian Lee Crowley, Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis’s new book The Canadian Century mentions Sir Wilfred Laurier and Canada’s classical liberal roots. Recently reviewed on the Western Standard’s blog the authors of this new book argue that it is only since the 1960’s that Canada has taken on a socialist identity. The authors represent a growing number of classical liberals in Canada who don’t feel it is appropriate to look to the US as a beacon of liberty anymore. The Bush/Obama years have cast a shadow over the US with its wars, inflation and suppression of civil liberties. The authors argue that libertarian minded individuals in Canada need to look to our roots and forge a new path forward.
All hail Sir Wilfred Laurier: Canada’s libertarian Prime Minister!
“Nothing will prevent me from continuing my task of preserving at all cost our civil liberty.” — Sir Wilfred Laurier
The Victoria Libertarian Book Club was formed in January of 2009 in response to our current state of political affairs. Although we have our roots in Ron Paul’s 2008 run for the US Presidency we always try to bring the libertarian lens onto Canadian issues and more specifically those issues that affect Western Canada.
We spend our time reading fantastic books, and talking about issues that matter to libertarians in Canada. This is our attempt to take some of our ramblings online. If you would like to follow along with our readings feel free to join our meetup group.