Glenn Greenwald: The Neoliberal War on Dissent

We live in a time in which words have lost their meaning.

If you are opposed to Justin Trudeau’s shocking crackdown on the Freedom Convoy and the rollout of a full blown totalitarian police state in Canada, YOU are the “authoritarian.” YOU are an enemy of “liberal democracy” for sending a private donation or engaging in free speech on the internet or peacefully assembling in public to express a grievance against the government.

Glenn Greenwald:

“When it comes to distant and adversarial countries, we are taught to recognize tyranny through the use of telltale tactics of repression. Dissent from orthodoxies is censored. Protests against the state are outlawed. Dissenters are harshly punished with no due process. Long prison terms are doled out for political transgressions rather than crimes of violence. Journalists are treated as criminals and spies. Opposition to the policies of political leaders are recast as crimes against the state.

When a government that is adverse to the West engages in such conduct, it is not just easy but obligatory to malign it as despotic. Thus can one find, on a virtually daily basis, articles in the Western press citing the government’s use of those tactics in Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela and whatever other countries the West has an interest in disparaging (articles about identical tactics from regimes supported by the West — from Riyadh to Cairo — are much rarer). That the use of these repressive tactics render these countries and their populations subject to autocratic regimes is considered undebatable.

But when these weapons are wielded by Western governments, the precise opposite framework is imposed: describing them as despotic is no longer obligatory but virtually prohibited. That tyranny exists only in Western adversaries but never in the West itself is treated as a permanent axiom of international affairs, as if Western democracies are divinely shielded from the temptations of genuine repression. Indeed, to suggest that a Western democracy has descended to the same level of authoritarian repression as the West’s official enemies is to assert a proposition deemed intrinsically absurd or even vaguely treasonous.

The implicit guarantor of this comforting framework is democracy. Western countries, according to this mythology, can never be as repressive as their enemies because Western governments are at least elected democratically. This assurance, superficially appealing though it may be, completely collapses with the slightest critical scrutiny. The premise of the U.S. Constitution and others like it is that majoritarian despotism is dangerous in the extreme; the Bill of Rights consists of little more than limitations imposed on the tyrannical measures majorities might seek to democratically enact (the expression of ideas cannot be criminalized even if majorities want them to be; religious freedom cannot be abolished even if large majorities demand it; life and liberty cannot be deprived without due process even if nine of out ten citizens favor doing so, etc.). More inconveniently still, many of the foreign leaders we are instructed to view as despots are popular or even every bit as democratically elected as our own beloved freedom-safeguarding officials.

As potent as this mythological framework is, reinforced by large media corporations over so many decades, it cannot withstand the increasingly glaring use of precisely these despotic tactics in the West. Watching Justin Trudeau — the sweet, well-mannered, well-raised good-boy prince of one of the West’s nicest countries featuring such a pretty visage (even on the numerous occasions when marred by blackface) — invoke and then harshly impose dubious emergency, civil-liberties-denying powers is just the latest swing of the hammer causing this Western sculpture to crumble. In sum, you are required by Western propaganda to treat the two images below as fundamentally different; indeed, huge numbers of people in the West vehemently denounce the one on the left while enthusiastically applauding the one on the right. Such brittle mythology can be sustained only for so long …”

It is difficult to exaggerate how much the situation in Canada has so completely undermined the case for standing up for “liberal democracy” in Ukraine. It has underlined and put a big bold exclamation point on the trend toward authoritarianism in all Western countries.

We’re invited to care Ukraine’s sacrosanct borders by politicians who don’t care about our borders. We’re asked to see Vladimir Putin as a tyrant by a government that has tried to criminalize us as “domestic extremists.” We’re supposed to care about liberal norms in Ukraine while our government publicly pressures tech companies to censor free speech. The same politicians who insist that we have “no place in this country” insist that it is our duty to fight their wars.


  1. That Glen Greenwald is such a kidder. Not neo-liberal war Glenn, the Jews are waging war on dissent. Klaus Schwab and the WEF are the point men in implementing the rule of the Jew messiah, the Moshiach. All hail the man of sin, the man the Jews have been craving to lead and ruler over human kind for eons, NOT. Go to hell Glenn and take your tribe and your Moshiach with you.

  2. Democracy is for other people, who haven’t learned the lesson, we fought,killed and bled for, our liberty, our rights, written into, guaranteed by law, established law, the sole function of our government, is too safeguard and protect, this liberty, this birth right…….democracy is too build your house on the shifting sands, a.constifutional republic our liberty, is law, is too build your house on the rock………..we are presently governed by sinful, wicked men, who serve a dark master, let their be no doubt, what this is all about…………..

  3. I see three classes: You are a Bolshevik(or think you are a member), a Slave or a Nazi.

  4. The 1st amendment used to protect you from saying means things to people but that has been subverted by the subversives.

  5. If it’s not “Democracy” – then call it what it is. And no, “PMCs in the Acela corridor” doesn’t cut it.

    For one thing: we can’t trust the elections. That should be evident, but apparently, it’s not a “PMC” thing.

  6. I have little doubt that the CIA and Biden’s handlers were advising Trudeau and see this as a dry run on what they want to do here but still can’t yet. Just look how Trudeau was embracing the BLM scum a few summers back but is going full on Xi against truckers who just want the normal way of life we had as recently as February 2020 back. There is no comparison to the Capitol hill thing, nobody busted in any government buildings, this was much more civil than the BLM crap as well. Yet the rhetoric from this guy from the start was that these guys were klan or something. Any organizing by whites is immediately seen by these people as “white supremacy” similar to how the CCP won’t permit any other organizations and freaked out about the Fulan Gong exercise club. Seems to betray the jewish mindset behind our deep state, this is cossack panic, not a rational response. All he had to do was go out and meet with the truckers and say that he’s going to start rolling back some covid restrictions and the whole thing would have calmed down. Instead his globalist handlers said might as well finish the covid power grab and go full on CCP. We are really lucky we still have some state governments not completely in the hands of these people and also have the Bill of Rights that hasn’t been completely subverted by the globalists yet although the try to bypass it through other means.

  7. Nightowl is likely correct. Castro’s bastard is doing a practice run of the plan which will be officially announced by fake-president shitstain. The term “liberal democracy” employed by all of the usual suspects was a lie from the outset. The type of regime they envision is neither liberal or democratic in any traditional definition of either word. It’s typical Talmudic subversion-inversion. Don’t forget axiom No.1 from SJW’s always lie. The term has always been a lie from the moment they started blathering about it after the “end of history” in 1991.

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