My brief commentary on the leftist mentality might not have been so easy to see at the time. Enter COVID-19 in early 2020, and the authoritarian masks came off in droves. The same mentality that drives Hamilton's local government to destroy the street system in this city sprang into action as the opportunities for hard-edged authoritarianism manifest themselves, driven by wall to wall panic porn in the Junk News media.
From idiotic two-way streets, to COVID-19, to lockdowns and restrictions on Christmas get-togethers, to the ecstatic calls, from the same misanthropic constituency, for climate lockdowns, the trajectory of the leftist brain is as easy to predict as is falling down while trying to walk up walls.
From December 7, 2013
You would think by now that the people and politicians of Hamilton would have finally sobered up after their drunken orgy of traffic obstruction.
You would think so.
You would be wrong.
You ain't seen nothing yet.
Having successfully forced most traffic onto the main arteries the push is now on to scleroticize those arteries as well.
Do you ever wonder why this is going on? What is the basic agenda?
It's simple. It's just another step in the continuing process of civilizational suicide. In this particular instance the target is the private automobile and the instigator is the authoritarian left.
You can call them communists if you like. You can call them McWynnety liberals if you like. There are also NDPers, Greenies, control freaks, neopuritans, collectivists, watermellons.... they all come from the same mold. The only thing you can't call them is NAZIS. That would be impolite. NAZIS are the black sheep of the family. NAZIS are like the schizophrenic family member nobody wants to acknowledge.
But they are all cut from the same cloth. They all have the same DNA.
The central strand is statism. (a political system in which the state has substantial centralized control over social and economic affairs.)
Contrast all of those shades of authoritarianism with the political philosophy known as libertarianism…. the only ism that seeks to leave people the fuck alone.
The only ism that seeks to minimize or even abolish centralized control over social and economic affairs.
Arguably the only system that seeks to fully and finally abolish every last vestige of human bondage.
You will begin to understand why every shade of authoritarian leftist has a white-hot hate on for the private automobile.
It symbolizes everything they oppose.
First, it's privately owned. The left hates private property. It represents something they can't have for themselves. They demonize it because they know deep down that if it's yours, they can't have it.
This explains why the authoritarian left are always so keen on "public transit." I.E. something someone else subsidizes (I.E. pays for) in order to make an economically unviable mode of transit "viable."
Secondly, the owner of private transit retains scheduling rights. The owner decides when to travel.
This drives the authoritarian leftist to distraction, given their fundamental commitment to the idea that the state should have substantial centralized control over social and economic affairs, including the question of when people decide to travel.
Thirdly, the owner of private transit retains the right and authority to decide which way he will proceed to his destination.
The authoritarian leftist, on the other hand, displays a marked preference for the establishment of routes.
How are these routes determined? Would it have anything to do with a desire for substantial centralized control over social and economic affairs?
There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who just want to mind their own business and make the best of things.
And those who want to mind everyone else's business.
Members of the first group tend to belong to the libertarian persuasion.
Members of the second group, quite obviously, tend to gravitate toward the idea that there ought to be substantial centralized control over social and economic affairs.
And that is basically why members of the second group absolutely hate cars.
Once you understand this, you will understand why there is such a concerted effort to sabotage Hamilton's marvellously efficient system of One-Way streets in favour of Two Ways to Go Insane.
It's December 7th, 2013.
Let's not allow our local statists to turn our One-Way streets into a statist driven Pearl Harbour.
Resist statist devolution.
Call City Hall and say "HELL NO!" to Two-Way Streets.
Consideration for a two way street in Hamilton
By Phil McLaughlin -December 6, 2013, 10:15 pm