That the current federal regime in Canada are petty is an understatement. There is no vision, only short-sighted arrogance from small minds who have no idea what is power or what is moral, and then greatly over-exaggerate the window-dressing of it, and the ground in Canada is eroding. You cannot fake it, especially if you are shallow and mistake strutting to a pandering script as being an intelligent visionary, being so limited as to not know the meaning of the phrase “ambulance chaser.”
But the dead profession of journalism props up an inert regime because journalism has always been about pandering to power in one form of another, enabling a regime’s delusions, explaining how those who formed majorities eventually get wiped out — they bought their own hype.
The Toronto Star is a paper without a vision, but does its best to crib whatever posh talking points the Grits wrap themselves in.
It explains why they never dig deep or ask the proper basic questions. They are always playing apologists to the Grits, no matter how contrived it sounds.
They are obsessed with spinning NAFTA/USMCA as a win for Canada, and because of it, they miss the subtle signs. They wonder if NAFTA is really gone, or if the dairy industry came out unscathed, but their denials miss the big picture, lulling people into some sense of security when all bets are now off.
As I have said here and elsewhere repeatedly, journalists should have understood they were soldiers in a war where their mandate and mission was to liberate truth from lies.
War is deception, after all, and you do not take sides because both sides are fighting; ergo, they are deceiving. That is the real reason journalistic neutrality should and been empirically operationalized and tested, but that takes work, and the industry hates work.
It is no longer a game of chess, but Go; however, the NAFTA War was handily won by the US, who used so many of the 36 Stratagems of War, that this is the starting point of F.R.E.E.D.
What stratagems were used that the knuckle-draggers at the Star missed?
Cross the sea without the emperor's knowledge: The US used the ruse of fake goals to reach a significant and real goal that was far more valuable than the fake goal: eroding Canadian sovereignty. The deal requires Canada to defer to the US on numerous matters. That the Grits did not see this should force them to resign, but this is Canada, and apathy is mistaken for patriotism.
Besiege Wèi to rescue Zhào: The US attacked Canada by going after something Canada held dear: the NAFTA treaty. To preserve as much as it could in order to maintain the status quo, Canada capitulated on things it should not have while fighting doggedly for garbage that wasn’t essential. They were played.
Wait at leisure while the enemy labours: The US created enough chaos and took up a lot of Canadian resources: while the Grits were under siege and chaos, the US didn’t break a sweat. They got the federal government scrambling, and having to re-arrange and cancel their vanity photo ops, and managed to deflect their attention away from the real goals.
Loot a burning house: While the Grits were having childish slap fights with the Opposition Tories, neither side could see how badly Canada was about to get hosed. The USMCA was a Trojan Horse, and a bloodless coup that no one in the Canadian government saw coming because they took the US for granted.
Make a sound in the east, then strike in the west: Pretend to go after dairy, but really force clauses where Canada cannot do international business without clearing it with Daddy US first. There were other provisions that the Grits gave into because they were wanting to tweak Trump’s nose and doggedly fighting for things he didn’t care about. That’s the art of the deal, Trump psyched the sheltered pantywaists, and Canada looked like a banana republic run by gullible buffoons in the bargain.
Create something from nothing: Trump thumped his chest, making demands for things that weren’t important. Canada never questioned the ruse. Then quietly, the real takeover began and Canada wanted a deal in the worst way, and got it to their specifications.
Sacrifice the plum tree to preserve the peach tree: The US "gave in” to a couple of things they weren’t caring about, while going in for the kill. They slew Canadian sovereignty with stealth and silence, and where most countries would have riots in the streets for such gross incompetence, Canadians pretended everything was back to normal.
Stomp the grass to scare the snake: The tariffs stomped the Grits and scared them into not pulling back and seeing what the actual war was about.
Lure the tiger off its mountain lair: How this was done is an example of strategic US cunning. Canada has always marketed itself as “nice” and “polite.” Trump lured the tiger away from that narrative, and the Grits showed the world their true cocky and petty selves. That diplomatic advantage is gone, and don’t think just because the home team refuses to see it, that other regimes are as blind.
Tossing out a brick to get a jade gem: The US lured Canada into showing their weaknesses with their careful public campaigns. Psychics play sitters that way by means of a game of “hot or cold”, and the US played the sitter nation of Canada perfectly.
Remove the firewood from under the pot: By not keeping NAFTA, this is what the US did. Their victory was in renaming the neutral “North American” into a caste title where Canada is at the bottom of the pile.
Disturb the water and catch a fish: By creating confusion with the first round of negotiations, the US caught the real prize by the end of the second round: a say in a foreign government’s affairs. From sovereign nation to satellite within the span of less than a year, and without an actual military invasion to pull it off.
Replace the beams with rotten timbers: What USMCA did. That was a mere warm up act.
Point at the mulberry tree while cursing the locust tree: Trump doesn’t name people directly, which should have been the warning sign of which playbook he was using, but no mainstream Establishment outlet saw it.
Feign madness but keep your balance: Another one of Trump’s signature strategies. The Grits honestly thought they were smarter, more sophisticated, and more cunning than the Go Master without peer. They were the rubes who lost their nation’s shirt in the bargain.
The Toronto Star, had they even basic training and competence, should have seen this a mile away. I did. 15/36 stratagems used and the Star could not see a single one.
Of course not. It is all about trying to make facts prop up a nationalistic narrative.
A news outlet that cannot spot a single ruse is not an informative outlet. It is just slacker propaganda with grifters trying to fake it.
F.R.E.E.D. goes much deeper than the war manuals — it is about lateral and critical empirical thinking as it turns the world into a laboratory. None of this sophistry the Troll Scroll spews with millions of little wannabe kings and queens who honestly believe their decrees have more value than horse dung.
It is just babble and spew.
F.R.E.E.D. is about facts and logic that breaks down the games.
War is deception. Narrative is propaganda.
And journalism is dead because it never could go beyond its confines.
F.R.E.E.D is about breaking confines of thought and methodology to create maps of knowledge and wisdom. Not with sophistry or nose-tweaking, but with facts without narrative…