I am currently transcribing Canadian civil rights lawyer and journalist Ezra Levant‘s talk at a lunch at the Canadian Bar Association offices. In Canada’s increasingly illiberal regime, Levant has been charged with “hate crime” for publishing the Danish “Mohammed” cartoons.
Among the innovations he addresses is “pre-crime” – first introduced in Tom Cruise’s Minority Report, and fundamental, I suspect, to the materialist justice systems that will govern us if it is really true that Darwin loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives. It means that you can only plead guilty once you are charged.
You cannot fail to be guilty because the crime you are accused of has not yet occurred but the system says it must occur.
In Canada, it is the law now. Here is how the law works, in Ezra’s words:
It is illegal to publish anything that is
“likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt. So [Canadian commentator Mark] Steyn is charged with this and I am charged with it.”
Let’s go through that for a second, as lawyers, and look at the words.
likely to expose That’s future tense.
Not “that you did expose them” but likely
I loved Tom Cruise’s movie, Minority Report where he played a police officer in the future where they had psychics thinking that crimes would happen. Just before the crime happened, the police swooped in and arrested the guy and said, “You were gonna kill him but we stopped ya! You’re charged with a pre-crime.”
With a pre-crime … Well, how do you plead when you are charged with a pre-crime?
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And so when I was charged under Alberta’s Section 3, … I pled guilty.
Just think of the many applications for pre-crime in your neck of the woods.
For more, go here.
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