CBC: Why The Word ‘Freedom’ Is Such a Useful Rallying Cry For Protesters

The CBC is seizing on the “ugly freedoms” take.

“Freedom” is a code word that has been weaponized by the “far right.”


“As demonstrations against COVID-19 restrictions continue across Canada, the word freedom is on the lips and placards of many protesters.

Often associated with protests and rallies in the United States, the term has taken hold among protesters who are part of the Freedom Convoy, which rolled into Ottawa in late January and has become entrenched in the city’s downtown.

For many, freedom is a malleable term — one that’s open to interpretation.

That flexibility, in part, has fuelled its growth among certain groups, said Barbara Perry, director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at the Oshawa-based Ontario Tech University.

“It is a term that has resonated…. You can define it and understand it and sort of manipulate it in a way that makes sense to you and is useful to you, depending on your perspective,” she told Cross Country Checkup. …

To see the word freedom bandied about as part of these protests points to a broader circulation of what Elisabeth Anker calls “violent” forms of freedom. 

“Freedom is a slippery concept,” said Anker, an associate professor of political science at George Washington University and author of Ugly Freedoms, which examines the history of how freedom, as a concept, has been used in American society.

“On the far right, [individual freedom] is often translated into somebody who refuses to be bound by norms of equality, treating all people equally or norms to remedy inequality, whether that’s trying to remedy racial discrimination or gender discrimination.” …

Anker says the concept of freedom as displayed in the anti-mandate protests is something more often attributed to the United States. “Freedom is often used almost as a national entitlement, as a claim for what people have,” she said.  …”

PMCs, of course, as we have emphasized here time and again are people who are accustomed to giving orders and bossing others around. This is at odds with their professed philosophy.

Progressives don’t really believe in liberalism or democracy so much as authoritarian rule by credentialed experts and technocrats. COVID has illustrated how easily liberal democracy can be discarded when it gets in the way of this ambition. Ugly Freedoms can’t be allowed to get in the way of The Science.

The phrase “our democracy” doesn’t mean what most people think it means. It has nothing to do with electoral democracy. It means rule by PMCs as a social class. It means that they are in charge. They are “democracy” now. Similarly, the word “equality” now means “equity” or treating racial groups differently and especially favoring blacks over all other races. The word “racism” has been redefined to mean discrimination and systematic oppression by Whites. The word “liberalism” also now means Wokeism and various other sexual perversions like “trans” and has been decoupled from the philosophy.

In Justin Trudeau’s Canada, “liberalism” now means vaccine mandates, censorship, declaring martial law, declaring yourself a dictator, using “freedom” in air quotes, the state seizing private bank accounts, crushing religious liberty, hounding people into unemployment, witch hunts over words, eradicating pluralism, burning churches to the ground, being extremely intolerant of those who have different political opinions, toppling statues of John A. MacDonald and Winston Churchill, etc. The ordinary people who protesting Trudeau’s dictatorship who are being literally crushed by the state are the “authoritarians.”

Note: The New York Times is turning against “freedom.”

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  1. The promise of the Jew religion to the Jew people is the subjugation of the non-Jew. Freedom stand in direct opposition to the Jew cause.

    The choice is becoming clearer—–

    The Jew God, is the God of equity, equality, and inclusion for above all else, the predators, those who prey on others, their weaknesses and their imperfections, ravenous wolves is how Christ described them.

    The enemy, the Christian God believes no harm should come to the innocent, that the innocent should be left alone and allowed to live their lives in peace so long as they do not harm others. And that it is the duty of a civilized human being to protect and defend the weak and the innocent, no matter what.

    The Jews are promoting a new religion that is inferior to Christianity. The predator, the beast the animal will never rule over civilized man. Planet of the Apes never goes out of style. Blacks were not the Apes, Jews are and were the Apes. Those without reason. Those who seek to lead and rule over human kind without Christ.

    • This kind of anti-semitism is what taints anyone and anything associated with it or the people that spew it. This is what the discredits the Freedom Movement. Crawl back under your rock.

      • Kyke was the biggest anti-Jew there ever was and kyke Christ was the son of God. And my hatred for the Jews is born out of the Jew hatred for Christ and if you do not like it is too Goddamned bad.

  2. @ Double speak, double speak, If the word “Freedom”, denotes an ugliness, that offends their delicate sensibilities, may I suggest as an alternative, the word “Soverneigty” meaning , our bodies, our minds, our time, what we work for, our very souls, are ours, we are made in his image, this is our birthright………

  3. Liberalism and democracy are always synonymous with rule by mercantile oligarchs. PMC is the well trained eunuch class that enforces the rule of mercantile oligarchs. That’s what liberalism and democracy always are and always have been in practice, regardless of the obfuscating rhetoric and semantic trickery.

  4. After posting a rant, I read this, and now wonder: ‘How are ANY of us, truly FREE?”
    Or, to put it another way, WHY SHOULD WE GIVE ANY CREDENCE to Biden the Fool?
    Or, more honestly, Why should ANY Jew be allowed to live, after Calvary?

    “The federal government was telling us that we had a right to free speech and association except in cases where we were interacting with groups that the Treasury Department disapproved of. In a system as hopelessly corrupted as the US federal government, it is inevitable that powerful groups will surface that will be able to dictate what is acceptable and what is not. That very often comes down to what might once have been regarded as free speech and association issues. The Democratic Party might reasonably be described as a group of satrapies representing certain special interests, most visibly homo-and transsexuals, “choice” women, blacks and Jews. The balancing act required to keep all the subsets under control frequently strains credibility. Joe Biden recently made an impassioned speech demanding that the so-called Equal Rights Amendment should immediately become part of the Constitution because it is “the clear will of the American people.” Ironically, Joe heads a government that believes that gender discrimination is okay as long as it is directed against white men.”- https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/killing-the-bill-of-rights/

    • Probably only appeal to aging boomers. I think a better idea is to mock their use of ‘ugly freedom.’ Freedom is ugly when it’s white. That gets right to the point.

  5. The media hates freedom and when people can make their own decisions, something the clowns in the media can’t do. They’re slaves to their bosses and want everyone else to be slave too. Misery loves company.

  6. Ironically, “ugly freedom” could well apply to the “freedom” BLM and “Antifa” enjoyed, terrorizing and destroying for months. The kind of “freedom” justified by these same “journalists”.

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