Canada is the world’s first completely woke country (and other stories)

A roundup of news and commentary from around the interwebs.

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Over at Unherd, Kat Rosenfield makes the interesting point that most of the people who get “cancelled” by woke mobs are not conservatives, but liberals who dare to tread outside the boundaries of orthodoxy. The Left, after all, cannot cancel someone like Ben Shapiro because they cannot touch his job or his income or his friends—but a professor at an Ivy League Institution or a Hollywood director? That’s a different matter. The war on moderate liberals is part of the process of radicalization.

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Eric Kaufman makes the point that Canada is the world’s first woke nation—and with the likelihood of a looming second Trudeau majority, it may soon get substantially worse. Canada is a country more than a nation, with very little to unite us—and so wokeness and progressivism have become our identity. My friend J.J. McCullough has a great video explaining Canada’s “weird left-wing nationalism” that explores this theory further. It explains why conservatives have such a difficult time creating a narrative capable of capturing the Canadian imagination.

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Despite stiff competition, this headline in The Guardian may be the dumbest I have every seen: “1,000-year-old remains in Finland may be non-binary iron age leader.” Reinterpreted through the lens of queer theory, the once dark and oppressive past may soon become a rainbow of sexual minorities embracing their inner selves (while, it must be said, raping and pillaging their way through enemy villages.) It is impossible to take this stuff seriously.

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In National Review, Dr. Michael New has a breakdown of the U.S. abortion rate in 2020. A surge was expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic; there was actually only a slight increase, with yet another rise in the number of abortions being perpetrated through pills.

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U.K. Right to Life has the story of how Sinead O’Connor was pressured to abort her son by her record label—and refused. I wonder how many other artists experience the same? My research has certainly shown that abortion is very common in the music and entertainment industry—children are often the price that our culture’s storytellers pay for their fame and success.

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Meanwhile, the mainstream media continues to promote our gender insanity with a nonstop string of stories such as this one in the Daily Mail: “Mother whose transgender husband, 36, became her wife insists she’s ‘still the same person’ despite outward appearances.”

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