Ezra chooses a most inopportune moment to go all cultural relativist on us:
Two groups of protesters met in Calgary yesterday: 25 members of the "Aryan Guard" white supremacist group, and 150 assorted leftist urchins, led by Bonnie Collins, the Communist Party candidate and spokewoman for the often-violent group, Anti-Racist Action.
A pox on both of their houses, I say.
And that's the point. I despise them both. But I don't think either group should be arrested for having foul ideas. According to the press reports that I've seen, there was some chanting and sign-waving and even a few leaflets being handed out, but no violence, and no incitement of violence.
No incitement of violence but, just possibly, real violence directed against Ms. Collins' family not a month ago:
But since they started posting pictures of themselves on the Internet with guns and baseball bats -- and after two recent Molotov cocktail attacks in the city were tied to possible white supremacist activity -- it's the counter-protesters who have to hide their faces. One person who knows the danger of standing up against the neo-Nazis is Bonnie Collins.
That moment was painfully relived Friday, when Bonnie -- as part of a counter-demonstration -- confronted the neo-Nazis, who asked her, "How's your house, Bonnie?" while standing behind a cordon of police officers on the front steps of city hall.
"Is it nice and toasty in there? How's Jason and the kids?"
Apart from gaining ground in their intimidation campaign, the neo-Nazis showed they have absolute freedom of movement in Calgary.
Of course Ezra must know about all this stuff. It was reported widely in the Calgary MSM and here, among other places. That he chooses to brush off this important feature of the story says more about how hide-bound his own philosophy has become than about the real danger posed by a re-emergent Calgary Neo-Nazi movement. And indeed it IS on the ascendant again, as the Calgary Sun points out:
Whether we like it or not, the white supremacist movement in the city is growing and scoring points in its quest to spread a message of hate across Calgary.
And as the folks at Stormfront confirm (warning! link leads to nasty website!):
Keep up the good work lads, we're making headway in Calgary! I'd also like to say just how much this Bonnie Collins woman agitates me.
Meanwhile, a few of the speechies seem to be having 2nd thoughts re the tide of old Nazis they have unleashed on Ottawa this Tuesday. Not surprisingly, Ezra is not among them.
PS. Ezra and Mark Steyn et al always argue that the numbers of these Neo-Nazis is so tiny as to be insignificant. Well, this graphic from Stormfront suggests a Canadian membership of about 700. I don't know whether that's significant or not.