C . A . G . E .
Citizens Against Government Encroachment -- Citoyens Anti Gouvernement Envahissant
 

 

 

 

"Crotona had a man, Pythagoras, who had been born in Samos but then fled his island, and its rulers, because he hated all tyranny – and so had chosen exile.  (Ovid translation by Allen Mandelbaum)

Prof. Pierre Lemieux, an economist at the Department of Management Sciences at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, is Pythagoras. Disgusted with the swelling of our already bloated government, and fed up with the daily hassles of interacting with the unstoppable bureaucratic juggernaut that he refers to as "The Tyrant", Lemieux has left his Island of Montreal and its tyranny of regulations and established himself "somewhere" to the north. But he has not abandoned the fight. He writes and speaks regularly, in French and English, via mainstream venues such as the Financial Post, and he even descends to the city from time to time to chair a conference or to indulge in social and Epicurean temptations. As with all heroes, his contemporary detractors are quick to dismiss him or vilify him simply due to his association with unpopular or politically incorrect causes. His website, Subversive Liberty, is a "must" visit for any fan of Libertarian thought or of freedom in general.

The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan research and educational institute. It endeavours to promote an economic approach to the study of public policy issues. The MEI studies how markets function with the aim of identifying the mechanisms and institutions which foster the prosperity and long-term welfare of all the individuals which make up our society. http://www.iedm.org/home_en.html .

 

Public Advocacy  -     The Institute for Public Affairs of Montreal. When it comes to developing a proper focus for government policy abroad and at home, and motivating ordinary Canadians to be informed and empowered, few people can match the energy of Beryl P. Wajsman, president and founder of the IPAM. An evening with Mr. Wajsman is like having a semester’s worth of liberal arts education compressed into a single conversation. If you do not have the opportunity to meet him in person, then do please visit the institute website at www.iapm.ca/ for thought-provoking articles and position statements that value truth and honour over political correctness and moral relativism.

Radio -   For hard hitting radio with the most knowledgeable guests discussing the most topical political issues, join "The Last Angry Man", Beryl Wajsman, originally airing on Sundays from noon to 2pm, and now airing three to four times per week.  Please do not hesitate to call in with your views. To have access to a well-documented archive of past shows, please visit the following:   http://www.iapm.ca/newsmanager/anmviewer.asp?a=474&z=14   .  To hear an excellent extract from their December 6th, 2006 broadcast which summarized the C.A.G.E. point of view to a "T", please tune in to the following commercial free edit with Beryl Wajsmann hosting Barbara Kay and Canadian constitutional lawyer Julius Grey.   The sentiments expressed herein are very much those of C.A.G.E.  http://www.iapm.ca/media/am20061206.mp3

Magazine - "Barricades" is making a hit in the news stands, in both French and English. The press and the public have voiced a lot of praise for this uncompromising look at politics, Canada and the world. For a peek at the past issues, please visit the following:    www.barricades.ca  .

 

National Citizens Coalition is Canada’s largest non-partisan organization that stands for the defence and promotion of free enterprise, free speech and government that is accountable to its taxpayers. By its very nature, many of its mandates, objectives and views are perfectly in line with those of C.A.G.E. Upon meeting Gerry Nicholls, their vice president of Media and Communications, and discussing a number of issues affecting the democratic rights of Canadians, we were pleased to determine that this organization, established in 1967, remains very dedicated to matters of personal liberties, and responsibilities. www.morefreedom.org  .

Citizens for Civil Liberties (2CL) – Our link sends you to an Ontario-based group (there are others with the same name) that started recently, appears very sincere, and seems to understand clearly that the problem is the government’s attack on people’s rights, rather than merely a question of smokers’ rights. From our discussions with one of their directors, it is clear that the individuals involved are dedicated and committed to their cause. http://www.citizensforcivilliberties.ca/  .

Power 2 the People - Although we have not met personally with the folks behind this site, our most dedicated members recommend them highly. Their point of view is that government encroachment is the problem, and the draconian anti-tobacco laws are just a few of many symptoms of this problem. Most importantly, this is obviously a site created by people for people. http://power2thepeople.mine.nu/

The Charity Defence Fund - was established to communicate the true importance of bingo fundraising on the lives of every Albertan, and to preserve the dollars that charities receive so that they can continue their valuable contribution to our society.  http://www.charitydefencefund.ca/index.html  .

 

The Social Issues Research Centre in England, neatly captures and explains the issues some of the issues that are of greatest concern to C.A.G.E. and represents them from a European perspective. The Social Issues Research Centre is an independent, non-profit organisation founded to conduct research on social and lifestyle issues, monitor and assess global sociocultural trends and provide new insights on human behaviour and social relations. http://www.sirc.org/index.html

 

Adolf Hitler                 An excellent piece by Rabbi Daniel Lapin in the style of The Screw Tape Letters by CS Lewis. It is a fictional discourse between the spirits of Hitler and Julius Streicher (a Nazi leader hung after the Nuremberg Trials) praising America’s continuation of Hitlers social engineering agenda during the Third Reich. http://www.aapsonline.org/brochures/lapin.htm


THE WAR ON FUN   -  Ezra Levant, publisher of the Western Standard, has written The War on Fun. This link takes you to a review on "Québecois Libre" by Jasmin Guénette of the Montreal Economic Insitute.  http://www.quebecoislibre.org/06/060305-5.htm.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Our environment, the only true "Commons" that we all share, is one of the few areas where government should be very proactive and aggressive in protecting our natural heritage against depredation and pollution by private interests. Naturally, our government is failing miserably in this obligation as well. Others have stood up to pick up the slack:

David Suzuki’s website. At C.A.G.E. we want to get the government to get out of our hair and out of our bedrooms, so that we, and our government, can start giving proper attention and energy where it is really needed, such as to our quickly degrading environment. Here is one of the most important sites you can visit. Please take a look at this list of ten easy steps that can make a huge difference if millions of us followed these suggestions. Do these things, but do them out of choice and conviction, not because the government forces you to. Do them now, so that we don’t end up in a situation where we really have no choice. http://www.davidsuzuki.org/WOL/Challenge/10steps.asp

Plug in America is the source for information on electric cars, reduction of dependence on gasoline, and information about the highly provocative film "Who Killed the Green Machine?".  One way to inexpensively promote the use and research of electric cars would be for the federal and provincial/state governments to reduce the huge barriers to entry for newcomers into the car manufacturing business, and to reduce or eliminate regulations imposing mandatory safety features of debatable value such as air-bags. If the big car manufacturers choose not to produce these electric cars, then let’s make it easier for new companies to enter into the game and meet the demand. http://www.pluginamerica.com/

If you are concerned about the environment and would like to know more, here are some interesting links. http://ecofoot.org/ and http://www.rprogress.org/newpubs/2004/footprintnations2004.pdf .