In my latest Loonie Politics column I say there's nothing wrong with what the Trudeau administration tweeted about Saudi repression; it wasn't some utopian overreach to remake the world, just a statement in favour of the Canadian value of freedom.
"There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man."
G.K. Chesterton quoted by Dale Ahlquist in Gilbert Magazine Vol. 7 # 7 (June 2004)
"As a schoolboy, I would supplement my English lessons by buying and reading The Morning Star, a foreign English-language newspaper that was available in the USSR. The Soviets permitted us to read this Communist daily published in London because, in being very critical of the democratic and capitalist world, the paper parroted the ideological line of the party. For me, however, its effect would prove highly subversive. What left a lasting impression was not the content of the criticism but the very fact that people outside the Soviet Union were free to criticize their own government without going to prison. The stronger the criticism, the more impressed I was by the degree of freedom enjoyed elsewhere."
"Preface" in Natan Sharansky with Ron Dermer The Case for Democracy
"Dissidents understood the power of freedom because it had already transformed our own lives. It liberated us the day we stopped living in a world where ‘truth’ and ‘falsehood’ were, like everything else, the property of the State. And for the most part, this liberation did not stop when we were sentenced to prison."
Natan Sharansky with Ron Dermer The Case for Democracy