Bernie-loving prof visiting Toronto TRIGGERED when told Venezuela is socialist | David Menzies



if that's about resist trumpism if there was a student on your campus wearing a make America great again cap would that be okay I don't take um you know other people's political beliefs in into and disrespect them on the basis of that but if if a student had one I would say what does that mean to you you know don't you recognize that that wearing a hat like that is for many people it's like walking into a native Reservation wearing a shirt that says you know we that you know it's okay to be white or something well you never know what you're gonna see on the streets of Toronto we just happened upon a Volkswagen with Massachusetts license plates and it was filled with political stickers like and torture now and resist and of course the Bernie Sanders 2016 bumper sticker and well I two things spring to mind one I think that kind of car here at Avenue Road and Bloor is probably in friendly waters given the political mindset of downtown Toronto nians and secondly we're hoping to see if we can actually speak to the owner of the car and get some further insight on his political commentary via bumper sticker very good we were we're here for another assignment but we're reading all your bumper stickers and we would just love to get an American perspective on what's going on in the USA see your Bernie Sanders supporter I am I was I was and I still AM but I think this year we hit with twenty Democratic candidates we have plenty of choice and I think we're going to look at all the candidates as as closely as possible and make a decision so you're not necessarily committed to Bernie for this year that I think I'm committed to Bernie in in general but I'm hoping that because I think that he's given a lot of positive examples to other candidates you know the idea of Bernie as a staunch supporter of socialism we we've seen how that works around the world you know do you think there's a significant critical mass of Americans that would buy into socialism sir oh yeah I think definitely I think that socialism is just a word okay I think that what we had under FDR in the 1930s was a form of socialist we took care of our citizens we had what we would call a society nowadays what we have is neoliberal capitalism rum rampant in which there is no control there is no guarantees for citizens for for a lifestyle in which they can count on on decent public education they cannot count on decent health care they cannot count on at the university level where I work I think there's also been a real degradation of funding from from from state and federal government they want to cut out our fro blight Fulbright scholarship programs for overseas so also the ways in which we learn about other countries like Canada has also been um really hit hard I'm here with my students to teach them about Canada to teach them about how bilingualism works in this society how multiculturalism works in society and we have to also always be aware of how we treat other people in our society that's what makes a good society and yes sir if we look at the the record in the u.s. under Trump you have to admit if you look at the unemployment rates the standard of living that what's happening in the stock market even when you were look at Latino and black rates of unemployment they're at historic lows so could you make an argument that Trump's policies are working for America I would say no because the reason is that he's running up historic deficits to pay for all these things and that's not conservative at all also he's creating a situation in which he's pitting people against one another even if he may say that that blacks and Latinos are benefiting from certain a certain economic situation he is he has created that situation artificially through through a tax break to the rich which does not trickle down I think the whole trickle down litany liberal myth has to be debunked once and for all because it does not it's not based in reality but sir could you imagine if the argument against Trump is running up a deficit what would the deficit be under Bernie Sanders I mean if you're saying free medical care free tuition wouldn't that bankrupt the nation um is Canada bankrupt because they have single-payer universal health care well but the same token we have a large deficit in debt too and I can tell you it's no utopia given that if you are sick you can literally die waiting in line for your your operation I think that most people in Canada would still could prefer their system a thousand times over ours question is is that socialism doesn't mean bankrupting countries we've seen many countries throughout the world that have very good social systems that are not bankrupt Denmark Sweden you have the the you have the UK in which they have the the National Health Service and there's not a problem there you have a two-tier sir a system in Germany which is also quite healthy we are so I don't think that you can really generalize and say that socialism is this big boogeyman that's going to ruin the United States because it hasn't ruined Canada it hasn't ruined Scandinavia it hasn't ruined most of of Europe and I think that all we have to do is stop using that word as if it were something that was by nature destructive because it's not but so the examples you've given with those nations I wouldn't consider that true socialism I would look at a country like Venezuela that's embraced true social that's not no no that's that's it no no that's that's a totality that's not a thorough terian dictatorship I think that what we have here in the in in Canada a respect for bilingualism and multilingualism in multiculturalism is something we always have to keep in mind we have to we have to be respectful to all citizens of society where there are migrants where there are refugees I am very thankful to be able to bring my students here where they can see a country where refugees and migrants are still being given the basic human respect and dignity that they deserve one last question sir if that's about resist trumpism if there was a student on campus wearing a make America great again cap would that be okay I don't take um you know other people's political beliefs in into and and just respect them on the basis of that but if if a student had one I would say what does that mean to you you know don't you recognize that that wearing a hat like that is for many people it's like walking into a native Reservation wearing a shirt that says you know we that you know it's okay to be white or something you know it's it's it's it's it's just not respectful you the the freedom of speech always has to be based on a respect for other people and I think that's something that Canadians understand very well perhaps better than Americans well that was an interesting insight into I guess life in America and life on campus with that family up from Massachusetts he was wearing his political beliefs all over his car via bumper stickers I don't think he convinced me over to his side as a matter of fact I think I'm now motivated to put my rebel media lebra nose bumper sticker on the old man's Lloyd 'mobile hopefully it won't be vandalized for the rebel dog media I'm David the men's Lloyd Menzies hey folks rebel has a new app please download that app and take the rebel with you wherever you go you




Comments
  1. Where was this guy looking during the interview?

    Looking… Off into where? Stumbling to find his words … to explain the programming he has accepted as “double speak”…

    Right out of Orwell’s 1984… (Double Think and Newspeak)….

  2. Canada is a capitalist country struggling fighting against left wing liberal socialism since 1963. Who will win. With professors like this in our schools prepare yourself

  3. There’s your proof university wing nut communist professors are poisoning and influencing young innocent minds. There should be a law against this type of abuse against students. Stick with teaching and leave your left wing personal opinions and left wing political narratives out of the classroom.

  4. @ 4:15 Socialism makes you stupid, apparently. Giving tax breaks to the job creators (the rich) doesn't trickle down, says the idiot that was just quoted the reality of historic unemployment in America.

  5. Funny…I see "black pride" and "black power" t-shirts on a regular basis, and nobody bats an eye. But, people lose their shit over "it's ok to be white" and MAGA hats.
    These asshats make up their own meaning to these things, then act out on the people that wear them, assuming that the wearer has the same "meaning".

  6. Im SICK to my stomach of guys like this is teaching our kids. All the manipulative bullshit which they base on their own depressive emotions and influencing our kids in a direction which leads to worse situations we're already in. Im tired of these lunatics, they shouldnt be teaching. They should be under professional care, in some cases a mental institution, untill they are out of their severe depression. The situation is out of hand.

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