A brief overview of some of the conspiracy theories fueling American and Canadian extremism
Data obtained from crowdfunding website GiveSendGo, by transparency group Distributed Denial of Secrets, revealed the names, email addresses, zip codes and contribution amounts of North Americans who donated to support the so-called Freedom Convoy occupation of Ottawa. . Nearly 40% of the approximately US$540,000 raised as of February 10 came from Americans. Of the 60% raised in Canada, The Voice determined that just over $10,000 was donated by 103 Niagara residents living in the L0S postal code, which includes Pelham, St. Davids, Virgil, Wainfleet, Ridgeway and Crystal Beach. This equates to an average contribution of $100. Optional comments left by some contributors referred to something called “Reset”.
The Great Reset
One of the conspiratorial undertones of the anti-mandatory protests that erupted across Canada during the Covid-19 pandemic is rooted in what the World Economic Forum (WEF) dubbed the “great reset” at the start of the response to coronavirus public health.
This dramatic term describes a proposal that aims to strengthen the resilience of the global economy, not only in the wake of the pandemic and its devastating economic effects, but in the face of the growing dangers of climate change and the ongoing international conflicts that affect the oil production. and supply chains. As such, the proposed policies include controversial carbon pricing – in oil-rich countries like Canada, anyway.
In a November petition since deleted from his official website, then-federal finance critic and now presumptive federal conservative leader Pierre Poilievre urged voters to “STOP THE GREAT RESET” (published in all caps), stating “Canadians must fight back against global elites who exploit people’s fears and desperation to impose their power grab.”
The WEF and other globalist bodies such as the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have long been targets of activists on both sides of the political spectrum. On the right, accusations that these groups are building toward a socialist world order have been around for decades.
An early example of this is the late US Congressman Larry McDonald, who, although actually a Democrat representing a Georgia district, at one time led the ultra-conservative John Birch Society. McDonald railed against a so-called “new world order” that involved global elites such as those associated with the IMF colluding with Soviet communists to set up a one world government.
Ironically, McDonald was killed along with 268 others in the September 1, 1983 Soviet military downing of Korean Air Lines Flight 007, a passenger plane en route from New York to South Korea. The Soviet Union collapsed largely due to economic stagnation eight years later.
After the demise of the USSR, some conspiracy theorists and right-wing extremists in North America turned to the UN, also regarding the threat of a “new world order”. In the early 1990s, various militia groups emerged in the United States amid these fears and perceived interference from the national government. Following deadly law enforcement sieges involving armed citizens in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas, it culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. Radicalized against the government American and having spent time with militia members in Michigan, Timothy McVeigh parked a rental truck containing a 4,800-pound pipe bomb of ammonium nitrate fertilizer outside the Alfred Federal Building P. Murrah in Oklahoma’s capital, lit a two-minute wick and walked away.
One hundred and sixty-eight people, including 19 children from the facility’s daycare center, were killed.
When McVeigh was arrested, pages torn from “The Turner Diaries” were found with him, an obscure 1978 novel by neo-Nazi William Luther Pierce (under the pen name Andrew Macdonald) about the violent overthrow of the U.S. government by white supremacists. , and subsequent ethnic cleansing.
It is essential to remember that the events above occurred before the Internet and social media revolutionized the volume and speed at which the public consumes information, misinformation and misinformation, often without possessing the ability critical to distinguish them between what is factual, what is propaganda, and what is deliberately calculated to inflame tribal emotions. Take as a very recent example the false claims on social media over the weekend that a protester was “trampled to death” by mounted police in Ottawa. Police cited deliberately falsified online images as one source of the misinformation, an apparent attempt to anger convoy supporters and heighten their hostility towards police and authorities.
Similarly, a seemingly high number of occupiers in Ottawa were falsely convinced by online comments that they were safe from arrest and that the police would eventually retreat. As of Sunday afternoon, there had been 191 reported arrests with 57 vehicles towed away, and the streets of the capital were quiet again for the first time in 23 days.
the “Great Replacement”
One of the main organizers of Canada’s so-called “freedom convoy”, Patrick King, is well documented on YoutubeFacebook and other channels replicating another far-right concept, the “great replacement” theory, which involves global elites colluding against white populations in North America and Europe in an effort to gradually replaced by non-white citizens.
“That’s the point, to depopulate the Anglo-Saxon race, because they’re the ones with the strongest bloodlines,” King says to the camera in widely circulated video.
In his remarks to Voice Contributing editor Don Rickers, an older reader angry at a recent opinion piece written by an Ottawa resident reporting first-hand on his experience at the start of the city’s occupation, said, “I find that in Canada, if you’re a white person … and you’re just living a normal life, then you’re the minority right now, we’re a minority now.
In fact, according to the 2016 federal census, some 78% of Canadians identify as white. The whitest place in the country, at 99.1%, is Saguenay, Quebec. Even the most diverse place in Canada, Toronto, is 57% white. In 2016, 95% of Pelham residents identified as white.
No matter how serious or controversial a protest movement is – on either side of the political spectrum – all are at risk of falling under the influence of bad actors, especially if the movement is decentralized. Consider for a moment the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. Whatever feelings one has about the presence of statues honoring the losing side of the Confederacy of the American Civil War, this was the impetus for the rally – the municipal decision to remove these statues. Soon this turned into individuals carrying tiki torches and chanting “Jews won’t replace us”, and then culminated in the death of a woman when a man drove a car into a crowd of people.
Three and a half years later, hundreds of Americans, ostensibly operating in an alternate reality centered on the baseless claim that the US presidential election was “stolen” from Donald Trump, stormed Capitol Hill during a an incident that resulted in the deaths of five individuals, including four protesters and a policeman.
Since then, a large majority of ideological conservatives in the United States – a once-trustworthy group to support “law and order” policies – have taken the position that the Capitol Riot poses no threat to democracy.
Closer to home, Niagara West MP Dean Allison has spent much of the past week posting messages in support of the Ottawa convoy on social media.
“What we see today,” Allison tweeted on Friday, as police finally decided to end an illegal occupation after three weeks, “is [sic] authoritarian military-style measures taken against peaceful protesters on the orders of Justin Trudeau. Worse still, everything is cheered by the class of journalists in Ottawa and Toronto. Absolutely disgusting.
Allison did not acknowledge a request for comment from Voice.