Mar. 3, 2022

'Me Too' agenda has no place in racist virtue signallng

It’s such a fine line, yet a massive hill to climb. Governments around the world are punishing Russia with elective trade sanctions.

(oligarchy, government by the few, especially despotic power exercised by a small and privileged group for corrupt or selfish purposes. Oligarchies in which members of the ruling group are wealthy or exercise their power through their wealth are known as plutocracies.)

That’s the way Russia functions. The false label of equality for all is a myth. In the present situation with Russia invading Ukraine, equality again is only a label. 

Selected business sanctions hurt the oligarchy, it’s the businesses they own that will suffer financially. But the selectiveness brings out the hypocrisy. The U.S. has imposed restrictions around banking and other businesses, making it tough for the Russians to operate. However, in the sectors where American dollars flow from the war, what the heck, look the other way.  I'll hurt you only if it dosn' hurt me. 

The defence is the Russians have been made to suffer for the actions. But that is not so. By not putting sanctions of fossils fuels, the big countries like the U.S., Britain, Germany and France have left the spigot open for massive carbon fuel profits by Vladimir Putting and his henchmen. Too often it is show and not go – what will hurt Russia the most without impacting my own source of dollars?

This is where the well meaning Me Too generation steps up and wants to show how they’re going to bring the giant to his knees. It’s easy to jump on board with the B.C. government when it wants to ferret out oligarchies which operate in our province without fear of retribution. It sounds like a fine tune until you dig deeper and find, like the world powers, that trade and finances are internationally linked like a spider web – you tackle one and a whole earthquake of dominoes follows suit.

What should be most disturbing to every day citizens when our own businesses begin virtue signalling (“oh we are so caring.”). That National Hockey League is changing its marketing focus to exclude any Russian-born players. Canadian sports equipment company CCM also took Russian NHL players out of its marketing scheme. There are more.

What have these individual players done to deserve such treatment? They certainly have not been bombing civilians among the many victims of Russian aggression. While the NHL has done a lot for inclusivity among groups in society, in this case they are practising racism – targeting one group because of what some others may be doing. It’ should be more than trying to wave their social superiority over another flag. It looks good on their web page.