Louis Dembitz Brandeis is best known as one of the Supremes, not the Diana Ross Supremes, but for his lengthy tenure as a Supreme Court Justice in the US, from 1916 to 1939. Brandeis, though well known for many areas of his work, made waves with a book he wrote in 1914, "Other People's Money and How the Bankers Use It."
Brandeis wrote in his book about the dangerous combination of avarice, lack of accountability and poor oversight in reference to bankers of the time. But, what comes to mind today in particular, is a tiny variation on the dangerous combination he refers to. In the case of bankers, avarice might be an appropriate component of this combo, but we often see cupidity, which is itself a lust for wealth or general covetousness, evident in other members or groups in our society, like for example the Canadian human rights industry.
So, to paraphrase Brandeis, there is a dangerous combination operating in our Canadian human rights industry of cupidity, lack of accountability and poor oversight. Additionally, that mix leaves and has left a path of destruction in the lives of many Canadians in its wake.
But, Brandeis was not a complainer. He pointed out the solution as he saw it, when he said in his book:
"Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman."The cupidity, lack of accountability and poor oversight in the Canadian human rights industry is legendary, yet most of us have stood by and let it happen to us, or to our brother and sister Canadians, even if we didn't know their names.
People like Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn, who have credibility from having been victimized by the human rights system, and have a way of bringing their expertise and following to the fray, stood up, and were counted. Oh, and don't forget Marc Lemire. He was dragged kicking and screaming to the Canadian HRC, and did such a good job, particularly when he screamed bloody murder at the injustice of it all with facts to back him up. He managed to unravel the ridiculous case they plead against him, and he actually won in the Star Chamber, when the decision was rendered this past fall.
But, nobody had more to lose, and still stood up against the jack boots of this "Shakedown" and "Tyranny of Nice" like Stephen Boissoin.
Oh, he won, by the way, and where Steyn, Levant and even Lemire were the electric light of the policeman, he and his victory were sunshine as disinfectant. Ezra has a good take on the case over here by the way.
Justice Wilson, though not a fan of Stephen's prose, saved most of his ammunition, and it was copious, for the chicanery of the Panel at the Alberta HRC. You are allowed to read into the word Panel, the name of Lori Andreachuk, the conservative party hack in Alberta, who did such a good job with the Boissoin file, and others, that she was rewarded with a new sinecure at Alberta Health Services. The good news is that she is no longer plying the trade she was not qualified to ply at the HRC. The bad news is she has taken her political correctness elsewhere, and also someone else has the burden of "sticking it to the man", though women are not immune from jack booting.
Justice Wilson called for there to be real evidence in these cases, not just the imaginings of an apparatchik. You know, real uncontroverted facts, and even handedness. Will the lessons of Boissoin be visited on the Canadian human rights industry? Ezra thinks not, and regretfully I agree UNLESS.
Unless you and I take some of the sunshine that has come from this case, and shine it on every example of abuse by the human rights industry that we see, or hear about.