Workers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains. That’s from Karl Marx, of course. He wrote that famous phrase in 1848. The weird thing is, it’s pretty likely that Marx himself never met an actual worker.
Wait a second. He didn’t spend a decade in a cotton mill, witnessing the oppression firsthand. No. Karl Marx never spent a moment in a factory. He was a rich kid who became a journalist. Of course he was. But for more than 150 years, Karl Marx inspired generations of other rich kids who also became journalists to repeat his line or variations of it.
Over time, workers became working men or working class and then with feminism, working people or working families, but the idea itself never changed. Ordinary people, wage earners, are getting shafted, so they’ve got to unite. They’ve got to come together for protection and for dignity. This was the idea, of course, behind the organized labor movement, and every Democratic president from Andrew Jackson until now has made the very same point over and over again. “The noble people of Scranton…” You hear it even today. So, Democrats have repeated that line often enough. You would think they really mean it.
……Watch what happens when actual workers, working people from working families who constitute the working class, actually come together as a group to protest how things are going.
What happens then? Does the intellectual class greet these workers as heroes? Throw a parade? Listen intently to their stories? Does NPR do a sympathetic feature on them? Or, do self-described progressives recoil in revulsion and horror at the grubbiness of the people who as we used to say, work for a living? Do liberals immediately denounce them as Nazis and call for their suppression by force? That’s the question. What’s the answer? We’ll ask Trump voters what happens. They’ll know.
……Thousands of truck drivers have descended on Ottawa, the capital city, to protest the tyranny of Justin Trudeau’s government. Justin Trudeau does not like truck drivers. He thinks they’re revolting. Justin Trudeau likes private equity barons and tech moguls, the only people who give him money. Trudeau is not in Ottawa right now. In fact, he and his family fled when the truck drivers arrived and they’ve been in hiding ever since. So when the revolution he has been calling for finally arrived, Justin Trudeau wasn’t there to see it. He ran away in terror, kind of sad.
So instead, in his place, his friend Mark Carney has been speaking for him. Carney is a former Goldman Sachs executive who many believe will replace Justin Trudeau if Trudeau ever decides to give up power. In a recent op-ed, Mark Carney vented his rage at the impudent truckers in Ottawa and anyone who sent them money on the internet.
“Anyone sending money to the convoy should be in no doubt,” Carney wrote. “You are funding sedition. Foreign funders of an insurrection interfered in our domestic affairs from the start.”
Got it? That is not a protest. It’s sedition. It’s an insurrection. Clearly, Mark Carney’s been watching a lot of CNN up there in Canada and that’s why he’s concluded the truckers should be crushed by force.
“Those who are still helping to extend this occupation must be identified and punished to the full force of the law.” People who sent the money should be prosecuted. If they’re not prosecuted, Mark Carney fears, “the constant blaring of horns at all hours will bankrupt our businesses.”
Are you laughing yet? So, the very same finance ghouls who cheered lockdowns for two solid years are now deeply concerned that small businesses might be hurt by the trucker protests. Hilarious. It’ll be interesting, by the way, to pull small business owners in Ottawa to see what they think……
……According to Justin Trudeau, possessing gasoline in the city of Ottawa is now a crime. Now, to be clear, Ottawa didn’t declare the state of emergency because the truckers lit a courthouse on fire or shot someone or leveled a church. BLM did all of those things, but Justin Trudeau strongly supports BLM.
The ruling elite decide who is and who is not entitled to approach their throne to redress grievances. It shocks the hell out of them when the proletariat turns the tables.