Yes, Liberals Admire Dictators
You can quit pretending to be shocked when you hear that Justin Trudeau admires China's dictatorship for its ability to control the country's economy. His father admired Hitler and Mussolini in his younger, more naive years. In his later years he admired Fidel Castro. Despite all of the shock feigned by conservatives and liberals alike, the Trudeau family's beliefs fall perfectly in line with standard liberal ideology. Liberals believe in government. Most liberals have more faith in government than some Catholics have in Christ. What makes their belief in government less difficult to swallow is their clever addition of equality. Liberals believe that everyone and their wealth should belong to the government, regardless of race, creed, or class. To make their dogma sound more appetizing to a wider audience, they use words like community, people, and country in place of government. When all is said and done, there is absolutely nothing shocking or atypical about anything Justin Trudeau believes. The only appropriate place for shock is in between all of the sophomoric and absurd ways he chooses to express himself.
“When people come together to create opportunities for one another, the dreams we have in common will crowd out the fears that would divide us. For it is not the political class, but the middle class that unites this country.” That was Justin Trudeau trying to reword everything his father used to say, without the intellectual twist. People, together, dreams, opportunities – those are all very typical liberal words. If we reword that statement to express what Trudeau was really trying to say, we get something more straightforward. “When we pay more taxes, the government can create more jobs for everyone. Stephen Harper sucks.” That was what Justin Trudeau meant when he made his pseudo-intellectual statement. It's very unlikely that Trudeau was talking about people coming together voluntarily, without government intervention, to create jobs for each other. In the liberal lexicon, an opportunity is a job and people are the government. When Trudeau talks about the things that divide us, he's talking about class and wealth. Undoubtedly, his solution to this division involves redistribution and the enforcement of economic equality. When Trudeau talks about the political class, he means Stephen Harper, not himself or his father.
If Trudeau isn't talking about using government to make our dreams come true and our divisions disappear, then he must be using the Liberal leadership to advance his own career in motivational speaking. Do the math. The Liberals don't have a reputation for making the government smaller and less intrusive. Unless Trudeau openly expresses an intention to move the Liberal Party toward the libertarian fringe, we have no reason to believe he isn't talking about expanding the government and its role.
“Canada isn't doing well right now because it's Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda,” Trudeau told a French audience in 2010. If Trudeau was trying to be divisive, it worked. If his language is any indication of his intentions, Canadians should be just as worried as Albertans. Again, Trudeau hinted at a problem and made vague allusions about a solution. “This country, Canada, belongs to us,” he continued. Canadians should keep these comments in mind when Justin Trudeau talks about his own national energy strategy with, what he calls, “an overall framework that includes a policy that puts a price on carbon pollution”. Trudeau made those comments to an audience at the Calgary Petroleum Club in October.
Trudeau has made it clear to anyone who listens that his affection for dictatorships makes sense. Admiring dictators for their ability to “turn the economy on a dime” is a part of the Liberal character. It's a part of modern liberal ideology.
“I had a puff,” Trudeau told the Huffington Post in August. Maybe all of Trudeau's quotes and statements are less about big government and more about his lack of intelligence. As Scott Feschuk said, in Macleans, maybe Trudeau is appealing to a vast segment of unintelligent Canadians. Maybe all of Trudeau's allusions to bigger, more invasive government are just a result of his dismal insight. Maybe his idiotic, failed attempts at trying to upstage his father are just innocent gaffes. Or, maybe they aren't. It's more likely that everything Trudeau says is intentional and not accidental, but still a result of stupidity.
Socialism and Chinese-style dictatorships don't work. They never have. Just like his young father, Trudeau has an adoration for dictators and socialism because he's naïve. Everything he says is intentional and – sadly – resonates with a fair portion of Canada's population. It's easy to talk about helping the middle class and to make grandiose promises without ever divulging any real details. Successful politicians do it all the time. His appeal to chronic weed smokers is a part of his strategy to scoop up Canadians who are just like him – simple and unable to grasp complex issues. Trudeau's job isn't to lead, it's to attract. The Liberal Party elites will do the thinking after he's elected.
Dictatorship is the simplest form of government. It doesn't involve consultation, negotiation, or any kind of real complex thought. A dictator or oligarch can do anything without permission. Dictatorship appeals to the lowest common denominator. Dictators themselves seldom have any admirable attributes. Most dictators and heads of “basic dictatorships” often lack any kind of real intellect. Adolf Hitler is a good example of simple minded leadership. The man who Pierre Trudeau admired was actually narrow minded, hateful, and a horrible strategist who lost his own war. Mussolini is another example of vacuous leadership. Murder has always been a simple, basic solution to complex problems, which is why Mussolini and Hitler both had most of their opponents executed. Controlling supply, demand, and wealth in an economy is also a very simple solution. Unfortunately, that solution involves using other human beings as slaves – which is also very simple for anyone who controls an entire army or justice system.
When Justin Trudeau says he admires China's basic dictatorship for “allowing them to turn their economy around on a dime”, we should know exactly what he means and why he means it. Trudeau believes in government. He isn't malevolent like Hitler, but he is naïve. That naivety should be just as frightening to Canadians as malevolence. It's that kind of naivety that allows dictatorships to rise out of democracy. His naivety allows him to have unmitigated faith in government. That unmitigated faith is what drives people to give their governments more power. It's that unmitigated faith in a government's benevolence that makes most people brush off warnings about dictatorship as just more crazy right-wing propaganda. Ironically, the person who most liberals refer to as a dictator has never expressed admiration for Chinese dictatorships. Stephen Harper has never admired Hitler, Stalin, or Fidel Castro. It's also no coincidence that Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party plan to further reduce the size and scope of Canada's federal government by 2015.
Before 2015, we can only hope that a majority of Canadians will learn the true definition of dictatorship.