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LANDAU: ‘I want to be a hero’ — cancel culture’s dramatic roots

“In their binary world, everything is defined as good or evil. There are no shades of grey.”

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On close examination, the roots of cancel culture can be found squarely located in traditional drama. Traditional drama involves three archetypal characters: the hero/rescuer; the villain; and the lowly victim. Each of them depends on each other for their very existence. What keeps the drama going is the roles shift. Someone who appears to be the hero turns out on occasion to be a victim (watch out for that kryptonite, Superman), and the victims sometimes transform into would-be heroes or villains (Batman and the Joker.) In postmodern culture the villain is sometimes capable of doing good deeds or at least has redeeming qualities. This drives the drama. 

In the politically correct thought process, it usually involves someone or some group that cannot find a sense of their own identity or value unless they have a victim in place. The hero or rescuer becomes righteous and heroic by virtue of finding someone they need to rescue.

So then, is Kyle Rittenhouse a victim? A hero? A villain? He’s been variously portrayed in US media as each. The producers who drive media ratings know immediately this story has all the viewership-boosting capacity of pure drama, and they treat it as such. 

In their binary world, everything is defined as good or evil. There are no shades of grey. No matter what Donald Trump did, it was characterized by many as evil. The same vaccine that Democrats are making mandatory right now, they refused to take when it originated under the Trump administration. But now, it’s perfectly OK. In fact, it is more than OK; it is laudable and promotable and virtuous. Even better: it’s mandatory.

Certain people will eagerly attach themselves to whatever makes them feel heroic. The ends of their actions always justify the means. I think of young Canadian boys running off to join the murderous ISIS.

Young men can loot and burn in Portland, Henderson, and Minneapolis, and set trains on fire here in Canada, and they will go free from censure of criminal prosecution so long as they are regarded as a victim, or heroic. Every thief becomes Jean Valjean. A victim or hero can get away with blocking highways, and daylight robbery.

This persists because rescuing heroes need — nay, enable — victims. This explains why certain classes of people are locked in perpetual poverty with the heroic coterie claiming to be their defenders. Some news organizations characterized the Somali sea pirates as quasi-innocent victims of poverty. Would they be as sanguine if poverty-stricken indigenous peoples set fire to major buildings in Toronto? Their narrative requires a victim and the ships’ captains and crews didn’t fit their dramatic paradigm as well as the pirates did.

They cast Somali pirates as poor underdogs fighting international corporations, and Palestinian suicide bombers as militant desperadoes. Domestic rioters and looters are oppressed peoples standing up for their rights.

When protests ostensibly in support of an identified victim group take place, you can normally spot the rich white liberal kid with an overpriced (and often unemployable) education leading the charge. Their need for acceptance as a leader/hero to the victims is so great that they will often fake their race or identity.

They know the politically correct rescuer has no interest in teaching a man to fish. The rescuers need people who are on their knees. After all, the world has no need for Superman in a world where Lex Luthor and all the evildoers no longer exist. 

Richard Landau is a Western Standard contributor

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  1. Baron Not Baron

    November 20, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    @ R Landau – what a waste of ink. Have you ever read Pacepa? Solzhenitsyn? If you had, you would have known that cancel culture was invented by Stalin so that he can get rid of Lenin’s Politburo after Lenin’s death. Suddenly they all became Nazis (sounds familiar?) and they were killed for treason. Because it worked like a charm, Stalina applied the Natzi badge to everyone whom he did not like, including Pope Pius XII. Read something else, not only the TV schedules please. Cheers.

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Alberta chiefs say ‘no’ to drug decriminalization amid opioid crisis

The chiefs said a modernized public policy framework was needed before decriminalization could be seriously considered.

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The Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP) says the province is not in a position to welcome decriminalization of illicit drugs due to lack of existing supports. 

In a press conference, Calgary Chief Constable Mark Neufeld, Chair of the AACP; Medicine Hat Police Service Chief Mike Worden; and Blood Tribe Police Service Chief Brice Iron Shirt, stated decriminalization would create additional community problems, such as homelessness, mental health issues, overdoses, and poverty.

The chiefs said they felt it was necessary to be proactive with their stance amid applications in other Canadian jurisdictions and decision makers’ ongoing discussions in Alberta on whether or not to decriminalize some drugs. 

“We simply aren’t ready to do this.” Neufeld said adding he was concerned about “single-issue advocacy” indicating the need for “complex solutions to complex problems.”

In an earlier news release the chiefs said “law enforcement in Alberta does not criminalize addiction. We recognize that addiction and substance abuse are complex public health issues, and we are committed to working with all stakeholders to address the needs of our communities.” 

The chiefs said a modernized public policy framework was needed before decriminalization could be seriously considered. 

“Provincial regulations need to be established around key concerns such as consumption around minors, public consumption and disorder regulations, and operation of vehicles. This must be done by balancing the needs of the individual, with the needs of the broader community,” said the chiefs. 

The chiefs said a cross-government approach was a necessary prerequisite. 

“We cannot support a broadly implemented policy of decriminalization until a modernized public policy framework is created involving a thoughtful and integrated approach with all levels of government and across all ministries,” said the release. 

In 2021, Alberta suffered its deadliest year ever for deaths by drug poisoning. The first 10 months of the year saw 1,372 overdoses. 

“Decriminalization on its own will not reduce addiction or overdose rates. There must be clear and working pathways pre-established between law enforcement and public health systems to lead to recovery, with a thoughtful approach on addressing the needs of rural and diverse communities,” said the chiefs. 

Worden said rural communities face additional challenges related to accessing supports like local health and social services. Iron Shirt said First Nations lack funding and resources. 

Gosselin is a Western Standard reporter

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Kenney says Alberta may have reached Omicron peak

Kenney said wastewater test results from 19 areas across the province — including Calgary and Edmonton — shows COVID-19 declining in 15 of them.

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says it’s likely Alberta has now reached the peak of the Omicron surge.

And he said COVID-19 restrictions across the province could be lifted “hopefully soon.”

He said it would take a “sustained decline in hospital pressures” and a similar drop in new cases.

But he warned now is not the time to let the guard down.

Kenney said wastewater test results from 19 areas across the province — including Calgary and Edmonton — shows COVID-19 declining in 15 of them.

And Kenney added the positivity rate for COVID-19 is also dropping. He said last week it was sitting at 41% while on Wednesday it was 33%.

Kenney noted Alberta is now in the fifth week of the Omicron surge, adding jurisdictions around the world have seen peaks after four weeks.

“Hospitalizations continue to rise, but we have the benefit of seeing how Omicron has played out in other jurisdictions. That is why we are taking decisive action now to help our healthcare system respond to the growing demand rising Omicron cases will bring,” said Kenney.

He said more than 1,000 people remain in Alberta hospitals, with 45% of them not admitted primarily for COVID, while 40% were.

Alberta reported 3,527 new cases on Wednesday, and eight more deaths.

Starting Jan. 24 or sooner, if required, some beds in pandemic response units will be opened at the Kaye Edmonton Clinic (KEC) in Edmonton and South Health Campus (SHC) in Calgary, Kenney said.

He said the government’s community resources plan will be put into place to start helping Albertans deal with moderate and low-level cases of COVID-19 to recover at home.

Kenney then blasted Health Canada for the long time it’s taking to get already European-approved rapid test kits into the country.

And Kenney made an impassioned plea to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reverse course on the quarantine orders for unvaxxed truck drivers.

He said Trudeau must “use some common sense” on the trucker issue with Canadians facing surging inflation and supply chain issues.

He also called for more healthcare money to be granted from the feds to provinces.

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Saskatchewan unions beg for more COVID restrictions

“Quebec has had the most extreme lockdowns policies in Canada since before Christmas, and their current rates are about 40 hospitalizations and 3.3 ICU admissions per 100,000 population – more than double Saskatchewan’s rates.”

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Six of Saskatchewan’s largest unions, representing 113,000 front-line workers, are demanding stricter COVID-19 regulations.

Union leaders in the healthcare and education sectors are demanding the province implement a gathering limit of 10, creation of a new public health order to limit non-essential contacts, establishing a “consistent bubble,” and enforce reducing non-essential travel between communities.

Tracy Zambory, president of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, says workers are stretched thin and health-care facilities don’t have staff or space for more patients.

Involved organizations include the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union, and the Service Employees International Union West.

Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahad said a peak in cases could come in the next two weeks, in light of record-high positivity.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe denounced lockdowns last week, and continues to provide justification for that decision. He caught COVID-19 the next day.

“ICU admissions and COVID-19 related deaths remain significantly lower than other provinces that have strict lockdown policies in effect,” said Moe on Twitter.

“Omicron is spreading across Canada and around the world, whether there are lockdown policies in place or not, so we are not going to impose new restrictions and lockdowns that cause significant harm for no clear benefit.”

Moe pointed out there have been zero COVID-19 deaths in the province in nearly two weeks, compared to more than 700 COVID-19 related deaths in Quebec this month.

“Saskatchewan’s current hospitalization rate is 16 per 100,000 population and our current ICU rate is 1.5 per 100,000 population,” said Moe.

“Quebec has had the most extreme lockdowns policies in Canada since before Christmas, and their current rates are about 40 hospitalizations and 3.3 ICU admissions per 100,000 population — more than double Saskatchewan’s rates.”

The Saskatchewan government has not responded to the union demand or updated restrictions since January 12.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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