(H/T Brad; from the early days of the convoy, but forever heartening)
The aristos are scared.
Question is: Are they scared enough? That is, do they finally realize it’s time — and past time — to heed the pleas of the peasants?
Answer (of course): No.
Sure, some of the lower level, more directly accountable ones — provincial and state governors — are grudgingly getting the message. (Thank you, Canadian truckers.) At higher levels, they still seem to think, as aristos always think, that a vigorous ass-kicking or a handy war will put an end to the uppitiness and afterward we can all get back to our jobs of enriching and empowering them.
They will not get it until it’s Ça ira time, when it will be too late.
Most answers to Friday’s freedom question were marvelously optimistic. The truckers will win! Or have already won.
I’d like to believe it. Sometimes I even do believe it for hours on end. They are in an unusual position of strength for Mere Peasants. Bless them for their decency and focus. Bless the wide world, especially those otherwise polite Canadians, for rallying around them.
My own thoughts when I posted the question “What will happen TO the truckers and what will happen AFTER the truckers?” were more like this: The truckers will eventually be crushed in some violent or ignominious way. They and their families and supporters will suffer terribly. But their destruction will trigger a global uprising that will overwhelm the oligarchy.
The aristos will do something stupid. Because that’s what aristos do when peasants dare stand up to them.
Well, they and their agents are already pulling some laughably dumb stunts. But I’m talking about The Big Stupid. The final one of many that leads to Ça ira.
Two points of agreement are coalescing on both the “right” and that portion of the “left” that remains sane.
1. The more dimwitted of the aristos (e.g. Pajama Boy Trudeau) are already doomed to fall. But the more cagey or protected aristos won’t give up the belief that We the Peasants (and specifically, They the Truckers) are simply an inconvenient nail they can send their hammer wielders to slam back down.
2. The real, deeper, most immediate message of the truckers and all the protesting peasants who believe in freedom is: “We don’t work for you.” YOU are supposed to work for us (however absurdly idealistic that notion has always been).
On the “right,” Roger Kimball says Trudeau has already had his Ceaucescu moment.
On the “left,” the scathingly wonderful Matt Taibbi, in a subscribers-only post, writes:
The White House issued a statement Friday, after Joe Biden chatted with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
The two leaders agreed that the actions of the individuals who are obstructing travel and commerce between our two countries are having significant direct impacts on citizens’ lives and livelihoods… The Prime Minister promised quick action in enforcing the law, and the President thanked him for the steps he and other Canadian authorities are taking to restore the open passage of bridges to the United States.
Translation: Biden told Trudeau his testicles will be crushed under a Bradley Fighting Vehicle if this trucker thing is allowed to screw up the Super Bowl, or Biden’s State of the Union address. Trudeau’s own statement that day came off like the recorded video message of a downed pilot:
I’ve been absolutely clear that using military forces against civilian populations, in Canada, or in any other democracy, is something to avoid having to do at all costs.
An anxious Trudeau promised to deploy law enforcement in a “predictable, progressive approach” that would emphasize fines and other punishments. Because demonstrators will see that the “consequences” for those continuing to engage in “illegal protests” are “going to be more and more extensive,” he said, “we are very hopeful” that “people will choose to leave these protests peacefully.”
Switching gears just a bit, he then added, “We are a long way from ever having to call in the military.”
Such a move, he said, would only be a “last resort.”
And, er: “We have to be ready for any eventuality”:
“We are a long way from ever having to call in the military. Although, of course, we have to be ready for any eventuality. But it is not something we are seriously contemplating at this time,” says PM Trudeau when asked re: prospect of military role in ending blockades.
Trudeau’s speech was clearly designed to convey to protesters that he was under heavy pressure to call in the air strike, making the New York Times headline covering all this — “Trudeau Rejects Calls to Use Military to End Protests” — particularly humorous in its disingenuousness.
Now that the “Freedom Convoy” is inspiring similar protests not just in the United States but in France, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, and other places, it’s clear every Western leader from Biden to Emmanuel Macron on down wants Trudeau, rather than any of them, to take the political hit that would ensue from any use-of-force resolution to this crisis. All of these leaders seem equally to be laboring under the delusion that a decisive enough ass-kicking in the Great White North will make this all go away. Until then, there seems to be no plan in any country that doesn’t involve tear gas, truncheons, or getting Facebook to blame troll farms in Bangladesh for stirring up the “discord”:
As for talking to protesters, that’s out of the question. As Politico recently put it, the “conspiratorial mindset” of the demonstrators means “sitting down with them could legitimize their concerns.” Since we can’t under any circumstances have that, the only option left is the military “eventuality.” Or, as former Obama Deputy Homeland Security Secretary and CNN analyst Juliette Kayyem (the same person who went nanny-bonkers over the Southwest Air “Let’s Go Brandon” incident) put it, “Slash the tires, empty gas tanks, arrest the drivers, and move the trucks.”
Any sane person should be able to see where any of these ideas would lead. The problem is, we’re heading into our third decade of Western leaders embracing not thinking ahead as a core national security concept. It’s like these people went to anti-governing school.
No matter who speaks, no matter how eloquently or fiercely …
No matter how many consequences they force others to suffer …
But they will. They will.
If they happen to get it good and hard, it’s their fault, and theirs alone.
Bitcoin for the truckers (H/T Cube64)
GiveSendGo campaign for the truckers (GiveSendGo is down this morning. Hoping for a quick return.)