Poor Canada: A Review of “Ending Bigly, Eh?”

Poor Canada. By accident of geography and population, it has been doomed to be a resource extraction scheme masquerading as a country, with an essentially superfluous high IQ population under the misapprehension that they are free men possessed of traditional Anglo-Saxon liberties and not temporarily elevated chattel of a latifundium.

The thing about primary production industries like mining, petroleum, forestry, and agriculture, is that they are politically salient forms of wealth with influence beyond their objective proportion of the economy. Add up the taxes, commissions, construction costs, and rents from every condo in Vancouver and you will come up with a number approaching the entire provincial GDP of Saskatchewan. But the former is dispersed in a sea of tiny landlords and freeholders made accidentally wealthy as a temporary safe deposit box for embezzled Chinese assets. The value is high, but sellers are forced to be buyers (since everyone has to live somewhere) so their paper wealth is not terribly liquid, and there are a dearth of productive assets they can lever their holdings into. Certainly no paper property millionaire is in a position to be hiring someone’s nephew as a favor.

By contrast, a place like Saskatchewan is like a parody of some 1880s Copper Baron fantasy. Pulling fertilizer out of the ground is the incredibly profitable domain of a Death Star sized corporation and a few of their friends, who historically ran the joint with a fuzzy distinction between the corporate end and the local government. If fertilizer isn’t to your taste, perhaps a uranium mine, or a timber operation. Now there is an asset you can get liquidity out of. Your condo might lose value – ie, “the market” might decide they’d rather live somewhere else, all things considered. Buyers might not be able to get financing (since most property purchases are debt-financed and basically consumptive), or not enough, if interest rates rise or the local economy hits the rocks. But pretty much everyone likes to eat, so your wheat field and your fertilizer operation will always be a valuable asset with a relatively low cost of capital whose operation can be scaled until you can afford a few hooked-up foremen. The ideal society for the people who really run Canada has a few fantastically wealthy owners on the top, trusted managers in the middle, and just enough warm bodies on the bottom to keep the trucks running.

But being colonized wholesale by genuinely impressive people (plus Quebec), rather than a few caudillos ruling over a vast preexisting peasant population, meant that it wasn’t going to be a stable, purely extractive society. A man carves a homestead out of endless maples, or starts a factory stamping auto parts, or invents the Timbit, he starts thinking he is a citizen rather than a mere subject. You have to keep such a man distracted thinking about problems that don’t matter and he can’t fix, and ideally a new one each week. You need a face for this, a theater kid, and fortunately one was procured, in the despicable Justin Trudeau.

Ending Bigly, Eh?” explores Trudeau, of course, but who is Trudeau? A hired gun of no fixed principles beyond putting on a show for the rubes so their pockets can be picked. A man who breathlessly weeps over “human rights abuses”, while cashing checks from the Chinese government, in preparation for demanding his own population be subjected to forced injections, replaced by more compliant foreigners where possible, and reduced to slavery if they object. Shut up and haul the timber, he explains. We’re all in this together, or something.

Trudeau is a man with no past – no established parentage, on account of his mother’s Caribbean dalliances, nor any particular project inspiring him to pursue office. He has no future – no Trudeauism will exist, no monuments will be erected, just an endless stream of managerial initiatives he happened to be present to sign for – a receptionist for the “global rules based order”. But he will have an end.

Will it be in fire, or in ice? A ballot, a bullet, a peaceful retirement? A midnight flight to asylum? The stories in “Ending Bigly, Eh?” are entertaining, because in their breadth they suggest to us that no one knows how this will shake out. The implausibility of the recent past is guide enough to the impossibility of predicting the future. Der erwige theater kid stands on the stage, straining to read his cue cards through the pitch black, but no one watches the show – they pass the time to see what will happen when the lights come on.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Lon Spector says:

    Canada is likely here to stay. Remember when Pat Buchanan thought that Canada would be absorbed into the U.S.
    because of Qubec unrest? It didn’t work out that way.
    It’s the North/South rule. Northern countries are generally more powerful than Southern ones. They always win Civil Wars.
    There are exceptions to every rule, so Canada was able to stave off U.S. invasions, but still be less powerful than the U.S.
    The point is, the U.S. couldn’t “take” Canada. Perhaps it will be great one day.

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    1. Anon says:

      Do you believe when the US steps out of South Korea the North will just threaten to nuke Seoul if the South doesn’t agree to reunification on the North’s terms?

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  2. Anon says:

    Henry Kissinger believed that America could have gone the way of acting like all the other states of the world in that it would expand and take imperial possessions outright like Canada and Cuba, South America. However America he believed wanted to see world British Sea power and ‘free’ trade based rule continue and would help glass Germany to make sure things stayed as they were. America will either continue on its fractitious path of mercantilism or expand and federalise Canada as another state as it should have done after the 50s when the British were done as a world power.

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  3. miforest says:

    I hail from Appalachia , and the whole region is now fast becoming Yellowstone East national park. Their fate was similar to Canada only with coal. back in the late 19th 20th century. . the area was populates with dirt poor subsistence farmers until the coal deposits were found.
    the mining companies cam in and bought huge areas of forest . coal was used by the railroads , in steelmaking , and over 50% of electric generation in the us from the mid 1800’s through the 1970’s. as all that wealth flowed to the companies, the 1.5 to 2.5 million men working in coal mines lived not much better than slaves . the mining company would own all the houses in the mine town, the miners rented . the company owned the only store in the mine town , called the company store or commissary. often the miners were paid in “script” or “coupons” only good at the company store, or to pay rent. the wealth extracted from the mines would rival what Saudi Arabia got from oil.
    Hired guns and hired politicians kept the miners from unionizing for a long time . not much different than Canada it seems .

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  4. NC says:

    Purge all Pedophiles at all Cost and Kancel the Masters. Start with the Turd up north and his cabinet cronies.

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