Some thoughts on Mark Steyn’s dilemma

From a recent column on his woes with the climate change hustlers:

I try not to be bitter about this case, and its complete waste of my time and money – and the difference between the widespread outrage against my suit in Canada, and the near total silence this time round from conservative media in America. Self-pity is an unattractive quality, and one must stay chipper, and thus my cat album is important not just to my bottom line but to my psychological health. In the most basic sense, the “ridiculous endings” subsidize the “great insight”. Without the former, there will be no more of the latter – and, if I lose this suit (or even fail to remain flush enough to fight it), it will be over for me. If you find that “embarrassing”, well, I hope you never find yourself in a case that’s already racked up seven-figure legal bills with the trial no nearer than it was on Day One.
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Reality check: Ah yes, “the difference between the widespread outrage against my suit in Canada, and the near total silence this time round from conservative media in America. ” Although it is counterintuitive to Americans, the United States was already far further down the road to the simple acceptance of progressive government, with increasingly wilder aims and sharply reduced civil liberties, than Canada was at the same time. (Many Canadians were genuinely outraged by  “human rights commission” overreaches but  Bill and Hillary Clinton were and will be admired for much greater ones.)

It’s counterintuitive to Americans because they see the republic, as a form of government, as somehow intrinsically more likely to protect civil liberties than is, say, constitutional monarchy. The historical evidence for that is not good.

Meanwhile, Canada is catching up with the United States, and I think this is the most likely the reason: The historic working and middle classes that were the backbone of stability (and of support for civil liberties) are shrinking. Classes to whom such liberties are irrelevant (generational non-working classes, government minders, high tech millionaires and billionaires) are growing.

When people depend on government to feed, clothe, house, and vet them, civil liberties become the liberties, not of a free man, but of a gigolo. Gigolos don’t rush out to defend someone unjustly attacked by the very source of their bling. They are just glad it was a different gigolo.

I am not saying there are no useful directions t this point but that useful directions require a map of the terrain.

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