A Q&A on challenging political polarization with Seattle journalist, author and Braver Angels director Mónica Guzmán
Vaccine mandates for the general population are neither ethically nor (in the case of COVID-19) scientifically justifiable. Once we remove agency over their own bodies from citizens via forced vaccinations where does this path lead? Vaccines save lives and are useful tools. The risk/benefit decision on whether to get vaccinated needs to remain with the individual taking said risk, NOT the government. Very surprised that this issue proves so divisive but suspect that the undue influence of the giant Pharmaceutical Industry lobby is not completely uninvolved here. Trudeau's current hardline path and silly, divisive rhetoric shows a lack of wisdom required to govern.
I'd like to believe that Better Angels is something more than the left shoring up their positions by pretending to care. I'm having a hard time with that.
The vaccine mandates are just one of several means being used to push profits for Big pharma. Virtually every level of government has been constantly encouraging (and manipulating) people to accept the Covid vaccines. Despite many reports of dangerous side effects for the vaccines, there is no suggestion that harms are worthy of consideration. For a full accounting of how this broad arm twisting has been generated, I suggest everyone should read the explosive information in Robert Kennedy Jr's book on Dr. Fauci. I guarantee you will be shocked and incensed.
Wow... and the comments are almost all falling into two camps. Why why are we so angry?
This is important discussion. Thank you--again--for this post, Tara.
Another brilliant (and timely!!!) interview, Tara. With one quality piece after another, you've finally convinced me to subscribe. No more free-loading for me. Well done!
Buckle up. It's only just started.
"A revolutionary civil war is not an ordinary political contest, but a conflict of ultimates about society, religion, and culture perceived to demand a total and uncompromising solution."
Payne: Spanish Civil War
Tara, if you find this polarization "dangerous and destructive", may I observe that any struggle against tyranny and for civil and human rights is always a dangerous one. Sometimes, the old, tyrannical order must be first be destroyed in order for civil rights and a fair, inclusive democracy to prevail.
Finally, it seems we are starting to have a discussion about the prevailing neoliberal, globalist, oligarchic agenda that has been steadily going about the destruction of Canadian democracy, autonomy and the public good for decades. This discussion must necessarily be divisive, given there are two opposing views of Canada's future: that of a "post national", subservient state (Trudeau), or a "true north strong and free".
As many have noted, this 'discussion' may also be framed as a class one: the "elites" vs. the "working class". The last two years has seen a massive wealth transfer to the wealthy few from the rest of us under the guise of COVID mandates and lockdowns, which added to an already unprecedented wealth and income gap.
"Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold", W. B. Yates once wrote. Sometimes, that's not such a bad thing.
Such a good interview. I would love to hear Tara’s take on what’s happening in Canada. I am a Canadian (all my family lives there as well) and an American where I live and am so curious as to what it really going on. I will say unequivocally I am beyond disheartened that Trudeau is displaying such cowardice in not meeting with people. Even if there is little threat to his power, if he was a leader of character he would acknowledge their concerns and talk to them.
Sometimes the priority is to drive out evil so that it can find healing without doing anymore harm. Democidal Trudeau has got to go. Even his brother, Kyle Kemper, says so.
For those that haven't seen the recent press conference with the organizers of the trucker convoy, here it is. It is helpful to hear their sane and rational voices with so much misinformation circulating https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6fBFdLGUZw
Thanks for this. All along I’ve been asking people to keep an open mind, and to put kindness first, and I’ve been called a Trump supporter for my efforts - among other unsavoury names. These are strange and sad times.
Great pertinent article. I applaud all groups working at bringing people together. Come together we save ourselves and the world we love, break apart and our lives and the world suffer imeasurably. I think we have seen this play before. 🤔
Just wasted 4 1/2 minutes reading this... whatever you want to call it... And another 30 seconds to tell you about my horrible experience. 5 minutes of my life totally wasted. Never again... ha!
Good topic but please, we need CANADIAN content!
If you are "challenged by how much I love my parents" then this is not very good
The divisiveness we seem to be experiencing, in my eyes seems to stem from our government and their control of our main stream media. Like Shar below I don't trust either one of them anymore. We need the media to get back to doing investigative reporting. Reporting both sides of the story regardless of political views. Tell the truth and let people draw their own conclusions. Hard to do when Trudeau is financing our media. Once again, (like the vaccine's and mandate issue) it should be a personal choice. Given unbiased information on which to from that opinion.