Monday, January 17, 2011

Is Canada a Free Country? Really?

Political correctness is an intellectual disease. Slowly but continuously, it's been used to suppress freedom and as a tool against classical liberal values, particularly in the US, Canada and the UK. In republics it's been used to ostracize universal republican values too. It's now deeply institutionalized in North America, and has become the standard ideological mantra of its academia.

As an ideology it's a relatively recent phenomenon, so we may only now be observing the broader consequences of the institutionalization efforts of the last 20 years. Examples abound; the ethnically motivated but factually ludicrous Batman French sidekick called Nightrunner is an interesting one.

PC in rich countries renders measures of freedom according to restrictive economic standards irrelevant. The Heritage Foundation's Index of Economic Freedom for example ranks Canada in 2011 as the 6th most free country in the world, above the US and much above France. Yet, the song "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits has been banned from the airwaves in Canada. Here's what has happened according to the Washington Times:

The Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing" was ruled by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council to be "extremely offensive" and thus inappropriate for airing on radio or television because it uses an anti-gay slur...

Though the decision does not bind Canadian record stores, Canada has broad human-rights policies and tribunals that may give the broadcasting decision probative value.

Formally, the CBSC isn't a government body, but does it really matter? In practice, it has the same powers of censorship of government, and operates under the auspices of government.

So who wins the day, Dire Straits or Canada? Between great music and political idiocy, it's an easy pick: I choose great music. So, here's to the CBSC: enjoy Dire Straits!

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