COLUMN: Agar – Quebec’s radicals on the march

- May 29th, 2012

Montreal’s rules for radicals

by Jerry Agar

I no longer believe the rioting in Montreal is about tuition rates.

It may have started that way, but the demonstrations have been co-opted by union leaders such as Sid Ryan of the Ontario Federation of Labour, Ken Lewenza of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Vancouver-based Adbusters Media Foundation, which launched Occupy Wall Street.

Seeing the waning of the Occupy movement, they are following the advice of Saul D. Alinsky, the communist community organizer who wrote Rules for Radicals.

Alinsky wrote, “The organizer goes with the action. His approach must be free, open-ended, curious, sensitive to any opportunities, any handles to grab on to, even though they involve other issues than those he may have in mind at that particular time.”

In other words, when the students hit the streets, get in there and put some gas on the fire. Use them for your purpose.

Organizers such as AdBusters know that any single battle in the overall war against society can only last so long. Interest flags.

Alinsky, in Rules for Radicals, wrote, “The concentration, the emotional fervor, even the physical energy, a particular experience that is exciting, challenging, and inviting, can last just so long—this is true of the gamut of human behavior, from sex to conflict. After a period of time it becomes monotonous, repetitive, an emotional treadmill, and worse than anything else a bore. From the moment the tactician engages in conflict, his enemy is time.”

The radical’s enemy is capitalism. AdBusters themselves refer to the marches in Montreal as anti-capitalist.

Capitalism, contrary to its critics, puts power in the hands of the people; harnessing the creativity, effort and ingenuity of us all, resulting in employment, wealth — and taxes.

It is the system in which the poor and underprivileged have the opportunity to move up the economic ladder to the top.

It requires us to make choices and to put in effort, but it is a system in which we can make choices and may be rewarded if our choices are smart and a little luck comes our way.

Capitalism has its faults and its excesses, but it is still true that people risk death going from Cuba to Florida, not the other way around.

Socialism and, worse, communism, are systems that put the power in the hands of the few; the central planning agencies of the government. Individual choices have nothing to do with it and, within communism, are in fact not allowed.

“Anti-capitalists” are the would-be central planners of the future. They will use violence, as they are doing in Montreal, to achieve their ends. As has always been the case in anti-capitalist nations, they will use brutal force to sustain their power.

Some may actually march in Montreal for free or cut-rate tuition, but they are the useful idiots of the cause.

The cause is anti-capitalist and anti-Canadian.

I would rather live temporarily poor in a nation that offers the opportunity to move up, than perpetually poor in a nation run by union leaders and other leftists.

Labour unions force membership or they withhold employment, but they do not create employment or wealth. They need capitalists for that.

By the way, a one-year subscription to AdBusters is $38.

That’s capitalism, and they are hypocrites

— Agar is the 9 a.m. to noon host on Newstalk 1010

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2 comments

  1. Jo says:

    I am so glad that the unions are encouraging this cause. This gives the people who have been victimized by the hoodlums somewhere to send the bills for their damages. The unions have enough money to be able to cover these costs.

  2. Alain Robert says:

    That might be true for SOME protesters. But is AdBusters talking for everyone in Quebec now ? They are based in BC…

    And they should give away their magazine ? Even communist countries have money you know…

    I’m always amazed when people talking about the current crisis in Quebec completely avoid mentioning all the corruptions scandals currently plaguing the Liberal Party of Quebec. If you ask most people in the street instead of reading AdBusters, that’s the most common answer you would have get. Francophones, the only one who really have a choice in the next elections (Anglos automatically vote for the PLQ like zombies), are fed up with Charest government and it’s not because some minor groups think that this is against capitalism that it is.

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