Jordan Peterson is very popular these days. He has a lot of wise things to say. I particularity like his opinions on helping people get their lives in order, and on politics. I don’t much like his take on the bible and Christianity. Peterson is heavily influenced by Carl Jung, and he uses those Jungian ideas when interpreting scripture.
I call Peterson a pre-Christian prophet. Pre-Christian because I believe he is on his way to becoming a genuine believer (which he is not yet), and prophet because he does speak truth to the masses and warns of a future which we are headed toward if we ignore that truth.
Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot (if any) Christian men who are recognized and listened to like Peterson. Christian leaders are often preoccupied with their own fame and egos. Christian leaders are caught up in childish fantasy doom and gloom visions of the future in which the Church falls under the power of some comic book villain. Christian leaders offer no real solutions for the future’s problems, other than waiting to escape this world. Why would anybody listen to men like that?
There are no Christian prophets left, only pre-Christian ones.
Who am I to have an opinion on the trucker freedom convoy? I’m not even in Canada presently. But of course I have an opinion. No one reads this blog, so I am just talking to myself anyway.
Right now there is a war in Canada between the common man and the government. Within every war there are a series of battles. The first battle of this war was the truck convoy driving across Canada and planting itself in the nation’s capital, Ottawa. So far that has been an effective battle strategy. The whole world is watching and most seem to support the truckers. Other countries have begun their own convoys, and various other kinds of protests have sprung up all over the place. The Canadian government, led by Justin Trudeau, is clearly afraid. The truckers raised millions of dollars, first on GoFundMe which was shut down, then on GiveSendGo, which has also been shut down.
Justin Trudeau has now deployed the emergency act.* This will allow the government to do whatever they feel is necessary to end the protests. Basically, the protestors have had their rights revoked in the eyes of the government. So now, it is the truckers, who have no resources and no rights, against the government, which has a massive police force and hundreds of millions of dollars at its disposal. The truckers cannot win this battle.
As Jordan Peterson points out, the most reasonable protestors are the most likely to go home first, and the most zealous protestors are the ones who will stay. I am afraid for those truckers who choose to martyr themselves. They will lose their livelihoods and no one will remember them a year from now.
Some Conservative politicians have spoken in support of the convoy. This is all well and good, but let’s not forget that they are still politicians (and how useless they were during the last two years). They are opportunists first and foremost. Pierre Poilievre has announced he wants to be the new leader of the Conservative party. Good for him, but what is he actually going to do other than trash talk Trudeau? That seems to be all the Conservatives are good for these days. They don’t even have a party leader right now.
It would seem the best thing for the truckers to do at this point is choose some clear leadership, and for those leaders to sit down with Conservative leaders (or PPC leaders–keep your fingers crossed). There is no chance of Trudeau sitting down to talk, but his days seem to be numbered now anyway. It’s very possible that the Conservatives will be in power after the next election. If things are really going to change it’ll have to happen through the federal government.
Now would seem a good time to shift the battle strategy away from the trucks and over to the political sphere. I don’t think the trucks should leave yet (and if any Conservative politicians say they should leave, those politicians should be summarily ignored). I also don’t think any trucker should martyr himself. Hopefully things stay peaceful. Trudeau would like nothing more than for the truckers to become violent–it would justify his whole strategy of acting like a spoiled princess who isn’t getting her way. That’s his only strategy, and its a good one for him because he has a lot of power right now. This is why the truckers need to change their strategy now.
The worst outcome of this war is if the truckers get violent, lose all their support, and Trudeau wins. The second worst outcome is if the truckers give up and go home too early. The best outcome is if the Conservative party gets its act together, forms the next government, and actually act like Conservatives. Never again should the government be allowed the powers it has had under Trudeau. Never again should the common people be put into a position where they have to go to war with their own government in order to safeguard their own livelihoods. The Conservatives can make that happen.
Hopefully this all ends well–first for the truckers and then for all Canadians. Hopefully some strong leadership rises up and a new and successful strategy is put in place so that the common people of Canada win this war utterly.
* At this point I do not know if the emergency act is in effect. Section 18.1 of the act states: A declaration of a public order emergency is effective on the day on which it is issued, but a motion for confirmation of the declaration shall be laid before each House of Parliament and be considered in accordance with section 58.