The groundwork for a National Socialist takeover and Occupation of France was prepared in Canada in March of 1850. Shocking as it sounds, there is no denying the parallels. The pre-Bastiat appeal is primarily to unproductive hands (politicians, clergy) and other dim bulbs (cognoscenti, intelligentzia, workers).
When Hitler’s armies conquered France in June of 1940, they changed the French national flag, motto and money. Liberté, Fraternité, Egalité became Travail, Famille, Patrie (Work, Family, Nation)–as befits a racial collectivist workers’ party (arbeiterparty). The 1850 Quebecois version above dinned Religion, Family, Property into its listeners’ ears. Quebec was 36% of Canada back then, and the country dominated by Catholics and Protestants–much like Germany when voters put the NSDAP in charge in 1933.
Interestingly, Canada’s religious conservatives pushed through an anti-abortion law in 1968. Granted, this was less restrictive than earlier laws also prohibiting sale, distribution and advertising of contraceptives, but it was a shocking step back toward the Dark Ages at a time the US was electing Richard Nixon. A Canadian physician was arrested and charged, but the forming of the Libertarian Party–with a pro-choice woman on the ticket that earned an honest electoral vote–occurred in 1971-2.
In 1973 a Quebec jury acquitted Dr Morgentaler and the US Supreme Court decided in favor of individual rights for women. Fanatics appealed, jailed the good doctor, made additional charges and intimidated Parliament with a petition to ban abortion. This backfired in 1976 and by 1982 Canadian legislation protected the rights of individuals, male and female. All medieval religious laws (except prohibition laws) were abolished in 1988, but mystical zealots resorted to murder and firebombing. The people remembered who had threatened and coerced them, and have since left the houses of organized mysticism in droves.
The good news is that there are 600% more nonmystical freethinkers in Canada than when Nixon Republicans were causing refugees to again pour into Canada. The bad news is that a renewed attacks on individual rights have attracted other medieval mystical cults famous for mutilating women. Germany has suffered a similar reaction to its past behavior. National Socialists in East Germany were simply replaced with Soviet Socialists in the “denazification” program there.
Here’s hoping Canada’s Libertarian Party Platform Committee drafts a suitable response to reassert freedom and rights before they’re gone with the wind.
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