Hey, America, Now You Have Our Worst People. You're Welcome. - 2017-08-19
If you've been paying attention to all of the increasingly bad news in the world lately, you've probably heard of the Proud Boys, a group of right-wing millennial hipsters who like to punch the shit out of each other. Or that crowdfunded ship intended to intercept incoming refugees. Or how about that lady who interrupted a production of Julius Caesar in New York because of Kathy Griffin, or something?
What they all have in common is a 45-year-old conservative Canadian commentator named Ezra Levant, who in February 2015 launched a website called The Rebel, based out of Toronto. The site is like Canada's very own Breitbart, dedicated largely to political and social commentary that covers everything from misinformation about Muslim communities to the likelihood of "white genocide" happening in Canada to the belief that being trans is a mental disorder that naturally precludes you from serving in the military. Its many columnists and personalities are now one of our most effective exports. (Thanks, NAFTA!)
In The Rebel's short two-year history, it has become the leading — if only — voice of Canada's alt-right. The New York Times has called The Rebel "Breitbart North," Breitbart being a far-right news and commentary site that NBC has called "a hub for pro-Trump, anti-immigration and especially anti-Muslim agit-prop." (The Rebel has written about me multiple times, always leading to a flare-up of online harassment and threats of violence and sexual assault.) But over the weekend, contributor Faith Goldy livestreamed from Charlottesville, often speaking about what she considers to be a double standard between protesters, saying, "The alt-right wasn't allowed to demonstrate any show of force. The alt-right wasn't allowed to legally exercise their permit. Chant 'BLM' and all of a sudden the cops don't care. Where are the riot police now?"