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Michael Ignatieff: Queen’s Knight.


By Matthew Ehret-Kump and Gilles Gervais

In December 2008, Canadians witnessed not only an We are now in early 2010 and time is certainly
embarrassing example of the embedded flaws in our British- running out for Michael Ignatieff to assume his assigned role
inspired Parliamentary system but, more fundamentally, they as the knight on a white horse who shall come to the rescue of
saw, many for the first time, the exercise of power over our the nation already deep into the onslaught of a global
country’s internal affairs by Canada’s sovereign, Queen economic meltdown. Prime Minister Harper’s government has
Elizabeth II. proven itself ineffective in combating the high rate of
unemployment and has mainly opted for austerity rather than
Illusions held by most Canadians regarding the producing our way out of this economic meltdown.
“symbolic” nature of the monarchy began falling by the
wayside. Questions also arose as to the real independence of First on the chopping block is Atomic Energy Canada
Canada within the Commonwealth (the Empire under Limited which is scheduled to be auctioned off to foreign
financial globalization). interests. This folly would penalize Canadians 1) by cutting
them off from the only truly efficient energy source, 2) by
In November of that year dismantling the scientific and technological knowledge
the financial system had entered a required to get to the next stage which is thermonuclear fusion
new accelerated phase of collapse, energy, and 3) by preventing the qualitative transformation of
and a first $700 billion bailout for the Canadian economy into a future advanced isotope
U.S. banks passed the United economy.
States Congress. That very same
month an unannounced, disguised, The Canadian population, up to this very recent
$64 billion bailout of the period, has had to suffer the injury of more and more frequent
Canadian banking system ‘horse trading’ sessions on the floor of the House of
occurred! Commons amidst the ever present blackmail threats to force
yet another national election. And now, the government is
We are living through a adding insult to injury with its decision to prorogue
tumultuous economic period that Parliament.
requires inspired leadership and an
historical model of the stature of a Franklin D. Roosevelt. It would do well for all Canadians to understand that
it is quite feasible to step outside this political chessboard and
In Canada, a lack of leadership in dealing with the its set piece tactics and think strategically, as a Franklin
economic crisis was compounded by the three opposition Roosevelt would, as he constantly educated his fellow
parties hastily putting together a plan to form an alternative citizens during his speeches and famous fireside chats during
Canadian coalition government… if the Queen’s the Great Depression and throughout the course of World War
representative, the Governor General, would of course, kindly II; or as Lyndon LaRouche is known to do today—by
give her ascent! The Liberals, according to this arrangement, exposing the inner workings of the present day globalized
were to govern the country with the support of the NDP and financial British Empire and how to defeat it by organizing a
Bloc Québécois. political dynamic which would 1) bring together a Four Power
Alliance (of Russia, India, China and the United States) to
In the following two days, Canadian citizens watched defeat the monetarist imperial power which has chosen the
while one group was pitifully begging the Queen’s Governor financial district of London as a base from which its tentacles
General to allow them to take over the nation, while the other reach out internationally and, 2) get other sovereign nation-
group was begging this unelected royal appendage, to let them states interested in joining the initiating Four Power Alliance
stay in power. in order to form a new world-wide credit system as set out in
the LaRouche Plan (1).
At that time, the overthrow of the Conservative
government did not proceed as planned, and the Conservatives It is with this perspective in our mind’s eye that we
were permitted to remain in power for another year, while must judge the leadership qualities and moral character of
Michael Ignatieff became the new head of the Liberal Party of Michael Ignatieff. If he were to be elected Prime Minister of
Canada in the interim, breaking off all ties with his former Canada, he would immediately be confronted with the
coalition allies. challenge of getting Canada to break with British monetarist
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policies and join a new and exciting Pacific Basin oriented “This is the kind of dirty war you're in when you have to do
political dynamic. this and I'm not losing sleep about that.” A week later, when
confronted again on his statement, Ignatieff denied the
Who is Michael Ignatieff? statement and chastised Israel saying that it should be
“punished for war crimes”.
It is therefore well worth examining if Michael
Ignatieff’s principles and intentions are truly as noble as they Today, he is the leading liberal advocate of Steven
are summarily portrayed in his self-promoting book “True Harper’s expanded militarization of Afghanistan. Ignatieff was
Patriot Love”? a leading architect in the 2004 policy for a UN supranational
police force “The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Protocol”.
Is he truly a Canadian patriot who, in the midst of an His commitment to a necessary imperialism is sophistically
onrushing global financial meltdown, felt impelled to return to presented in his recent book ‘Empire Lite’ and Times article
his endangered homeland to pull it out of economic turbulence ‘The Burden’.
and propel it into an era of genuine prosperity by getting
Canada to eventually join a community of principle of nations It is within this context that the ‘nature of the beast’
desiring to establish a more just new world economic order? becomes clear. The character of a man who takes both sides to
every issue is that he is either confused or a liar. In the case of
In looking into Ignatieff’s philosophy, opinions, Mr. Ignatieff, we can presume he will not admit to confusion.
public statements and policies, one is immediately struck by
the fact that he is a master at taking every side to most every What clearly emerges is a world view that parallels
issue. the oligarchical mindset: where nations are often broken-up
into smaller ‘sovereign’ entities who are at the mercy of an
On policy questions Ignatieff seems to be for overreaching international structure controlled ultimately by
infrastructure, for long-term investments, for cleaner tar sands, British imperial finance.
for high-speed rail between Quebec City and Vancouver,
along with a four-lane highway; all fine proposals but his Such a world dictatorship, with a liberal face, has to
widely known advocacy for a carbon tax, and for a green rely on key components which are already deployed in several
economy contradict his ability to realize the above proposals. instances such as: 1-private international criminal courts (such
as the ICC), 2-militarized private police forces operating
Ignatieff references the Roosevelt New Deal example outside the constraints of sovereign nations, 3-increased
when discussing Canadian development projects or private control of national finances to impose austerity 4-
extensions to the Canadian unemployment insurance program. reducing subject nations to accept genocidal levels of
Yet when one examines how he intends to finance these FDR ‘conditionalities’ in order to refinance inflated debts, on top
policies, all one finds is discussions of more free markets, of 5- an international carbon taxing body, as proposed and
more taxes and the elimination of all national protectionist rejected (for now) at Copenhagen, that would police and
measures (2) –the very antithesis of Roosevelt’s policies. prohibit the development of new science and technology for
industrial production.
Ignatieff uses rhetoric in the same vein as Barack
Obama and has taken a leaf from Obama’s presidential In this brave new world run by a technocratic
campaign by staying as far away as possible from committing Malthusian elite, personal and collective freedoms are to be
to any tangible policy for which he would be held accountable severely curtailed on a ‘voluntary’ basis by inducing irrational
later. Ignatieff’s bipartisan magic even surprised his liberal fears among the population through 1) the control of so-called
entourage when he received a standing ovation after he had ‘Islamic’ terrorism which is for the most part run out of
spoken at the very conservative Fraser Institute. Londonistan and 2) the acceptance of depopulation and
deindustrialization policies under the guise of saving the
He is self-portrayed as a pacifist-intellectual, and yet, planet from man-made (read industries) global warming!
he is also a frantic supporter of military interventions into
small nations. He has singled out in his published writings the Family Baggage
cases of Kosovo, (1996), Algeria, (1999) and Iraq (2002).
Michael Ignatieff’s conspicuous family history was
He swiftly defends his viewpoint by taking both the highlighted by Ignatieff himself during his short meteoric rise
“for” and “against” side on every issue, as witnessed by his through the highest echelons of Canadian politics.
support of Cheney’s torture policies which he now defends as
having done so with “right principles”. When questioned on Even earlier, in a 1993 interview(3), Ignatieff
one particular incident of indiscriminate bombing of Lebanon expressed pride in a radio host’s acknowledgement of his title
in 2006, which killed 56 civilians, he responded coldly with;
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“Count”, a title he inherited from his Great Grandfather between the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. As after the British-
Nikolai Pavlovich Ignatiev. instigated American Civil War, the primary targets were again
victims of British manipulations which took the form of a
One can imagine a private discussion among two elder Cold War (7).
British aristocrats in a London private club
After being granted a Rhodes scholarship to study at
-‘’Good genes, good blood line, Russian nobility…’’. Oxford in 1940, Michael Ignatieff’s father, George Ignatieff,
quickly rose to become a leading international figure:
–‘’…Most important, that family has rendered Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, Permanent
faithful, high-level services to the Empire, while a Representative to NATO, President of the United Nations
Minister to the Tsar’’ Security Council.
-‘’…We must not forget the maternal side: his great- Prime Minister John Turner, in 1984, appointed
grandfather was Sir George Parkin who ran the George Ignatieff Disarmament Ambassador. From this
Rhodes Trust in London for over two decades. Only position, George Ignatieff became instrumental in destroying
Canadian ever to be entrusted with that sensitive President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)(8),
position, I do say. The family married into the conceptually developed by Lyndon LaRouche to defeat the
Masseys, his great-aunt was the wife of one our most Cold War MAD strategy and to set in motion a new era of
effective Governor General up there. Both Parkin and American-U.S.S.R. scientific and economic cooperation for
later Massey were key in setting up and recruiting world development.
the first two generations of members to our Round
Table Movement in the Dominion…’’ George Ignatieff was a strong proponent 1) of
consolidating a global UN police force, 2) of advocating the
-‘’…I’ll pass the chaps’ pedigree on to the relevant Russell idea of world government and 3) of implementing
people in the City…’’ global prohibitions on nuclear energy development. While not
hereditary, this oligarchical mindset has tragically been passed
Nikolai Pavlovich’s notoriety, for our current interest
on from father to son.
here, comes from the key role he played in the formation of
the Okhrana (the Russia secret police). It was this institution
which was instrumental in fomenting the 1905 Russian His home and native land:
Revolution, and the later 1918 Bolshevik Revolution (4) on
behalf of the British. At the turn of the century, Russia was “My final journey took me back to consider the
specifically targeted for chaos by the British Empire as a braying national identity of my adopted country- the British
response to the Russian followers of Abraham Lincoln’s Isles” –Michael Ignatieff, Blood and Belonging.
policies, like Prime Minister Sergei Witte (5) and the great While born in Canada in 1949, Michael Ignatieff’s
scientist Dmitri Mendeleyev (6). Those policies most strongly anglophilia brought him to live and teach in Britain for over
defining the fight were the Trans-Siberian rail project, national 20 years.
banking and ‘American System’ protectionism. The prospect
of a Russian-US collaborative effort to build the great Bering In 1979, Michael Ignatieff’s service to the Empire
Strait Tunnel-rail network stems from this time in history, and originated from academia: research fellow at Cambridge and,
is still an ongoing threat to the British imperial stranglehold from there, teaching posts at the London School of Economics
today. and Oxford.
While Ignatieff’s grandfather Paul Ignatiev went on to The book he co-authored in 1983 with Itsvan Hont
become the Education Minister under Tsar Nicholas II, the called Wealth and Virtue, recounts his fascination with such
second major revolution was sparked, and Paul Ignatieff’s British imperial thinkers as Adam Smith, David Ricardo, John
career in Russia was soon terminated. It is interesting to note Stuart Mill et al. On commenting on his work, Ignatieff has
though that Ignatieff’s grandfather was one of but a small said that his time studying Adam Smith had made him a
handful of tsarist figures permitted to escape death at that devout free market advocate.
point. The family promptly migrated to Canada.
In those early years, British Prime Minister Margaret
Before looking at Michael Ignatieff’s father, it is Thatcher had set off a major wave of destruction of the real
necessary that we first briefly set the stage of post war British physical economy still being felt today. Her administration’s
geopolitics. The Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) policy of ‘saving the economy’ involved destroying between 3
doctrine for organizing the post World War II “Balance of and 5 million jobs, liberalizing and deregulating global
Power’’ was designed by the British to destroy all cooperation markets, cracking down on unions and implementing
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Friedmanite economic policies which soon led to the rapid Summers, who along with his wife have spent a few holidays
cartelization of world economies. These policies created the vacationing with the Ignatieffs at Michael Ignatieff’s estate in
conditions for the Maastricht Treaty and the Euro dictatorship. the South of France, as have National Security Council
member Samantha Powers and U.S Regulatory czar Cass
Early on Ignatieff declared his allegiance to this Sunstein.
process, when as a journalist, he attacked the striking UK
miners who were defying the budget cuts, and sided with Which Way for Canada?
Thatcher in declaring that the miners were “acting against the
national interest” of Britain (9). Nearly 30 years ago, Lyndon LaRouche presented a
lasting gift to Canadians when he wrote his “Draft
Ignatieff is known to have broken all ties with old Constitution for the Commonwealth of Canada” (14).
acquaintances at this point, in order to begin his new
integration into the higher social caste of London.(9) This 1981 undertaking by LaRouche intersected a
situation in the country where Canadians appeared
Opportunities opened up immediately for Ignatieff, increasingly predisposed to establishing a sovereign
whereby weekly political columns were offered to him by constitutional order for Canada.
major dailies across the UK, followed by book contracts, elite
club memberships, Pulitzer prizes, lecture tours and an image The political situation has certainly changed over the
shaping makeover as an intellectual rock star. Throughout the course of these three decades, but the rigorous, historically-
1990s, he was made a celebrity television personality on the grounded arguments in favor of a republican constitutional
BBC, and was featured as cover boy for numerous magazines, order are as valid today as they were then in 1981.
including the British GQ.
More importantly, for the urgent task confronting us
The Behaviorist Connection today, what Lyndon LaRouche wrote in his letter of
transmittal to Canadians, dated September 5, 1981, still stands
In 2000, Michael Ignatieff returned back to North as a blueprint for defining the true mission of Canada and
America to work as Director of the Carr Institute on Human understanding the ‘mass strike’(15) phenomena now sweeping
Rights at Harvard University. During this time at Harvard the United States which, like the southern winds flowing
(2000-2005), Ignatieff became close friends with Samantha through Canada, should soon warm the spirit of patriotic
Powers, Cass Sunstein and then-President Laurence Summers. Canadians.

All three figures now occupy, around narcissistic LaRouche wrote:


President Obama, leading positions in the White House as
members of the now infamous inner circle of behaviorist “…These are greatly troubled times. The credible
economists pushing fascist policies on America on behalf of perils of nuclear warfare, vast genocide of peoples, and moral
British imperial financial aims. (11) anarchy and degradation pose today a greater peril to mankind
generally than can be compared with any peril confronted
In April of 2009, during his first visit with Obama, a since the so-called “New Dark Age” of fourteenth-century
closed door dinner was held with Ignatieff as guest of honor Europe. In these times, all mankind cries out implicitly for
(12), and the same above mentioned behaviorist economists new beacons of hope of a better, more secure order in
who do not believe in defending the United States mankind’s affairs.
Constitution, but rather in ‘behavior modification’(13) of a
population as a governing principle. “It is within the power of the people of Canada to
fashion themselves into such a beacon of hope, to establish a
It was understood by all living example which other people and nations may emulate
present that this British-Canadian in some fashion appropriate to their own problems,
scholar would soon be given the development and other circumstances.
helm of Canada’s ship of state.
“In the past, each emergence of some great new
This affinity of minds nation, each admirable re-ordering of the affairs of a nation,
between Ignatieff and President has been an efficient beacon of hope for other nations and
Obama’s closest behaviorist peoples witnessing such accomplishments. If it is true that
entourage is best illustrated by great and good ideas are the unique source of all important
the very close relationship that accomplishments of mankind, it is the example of
exists between US National employment of such an idea by some people which has proven
Economic Director Larry
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repeatedly the indispensable magnifier of the power of (2)http://www.committeerepubliccanada.ca/PutLaRouchePlanToSaveThe


communicating such an idea to nations and people generally.” WorldEconomyOnTheAgenda.htm

(3) Radio Canada show l’Heure G; Jan 9, 1991


The great classical 19th century poet and playwright
Friedrich Schiller(16) expressed our dual responsibility best (4) Ignatievs and the Russian Okrahna:
when he affirmed that “man is greater than his destiny” and http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2005/3237cheney_permwar.html
that “he is both, at the same time, a patriot of one’s nation, but
(5) "The welfare of Your Empire is based on national labor. The increase
also a world citizen”. of its productivity and the discovery of new fields for Russian enterprise
will always serve as the most reliable way for making the entire nation
LaRouche often refers to Percy B. Shelley(17), the more prosperous. We have to develop mass-production industries, widely
republican English poet, when discussing the ‘mass strike’ dispersed and variegated. We must give the country such industrial
phenomena now occurring in the United States: perfection as has been reached by the United States of America, which
firmly basis its prosperity on two pillars—agriculture and industry."
“…Shelley writes appropriately of moments of history in
- 1899 memo from Minister of Finance Witte to Tsar Nicholas II
which a people experiences a greatly increased capacity for
imparting and receiving profound and impassioned (6) Dmitri Mendeleyev not only discovered the harmonic ordering
conceptions respecting man and nature. In such rare intervals a principle shaping the Periodic table of elements, but also served as
great people rises for a time above preoccupation with the Russian Minister of Weights and Measures, and Chairman of the
immediately personal and local concerns of the ephemeral Committee on the Protective Tarrif as a close ally to Sergei Witte. He
wrote in his 1891 Tarrif report: “It must be understood, that the economic
mortal lives of each, and locates its most immediate sense of doctrines of the ``nationalists'' and the ``historical school'' have long
self-interest in the condition of the world as a whole”. since broken free-tradism at the roots, and that contemporary economic
science should, for clarity, be called ``anti-free trade.'' This must,
The present strategic mission for Canada is to orient absolutely must be known by anyone who would speak on economic
towards the Pacific-Indian Oceans Basins in a constructive questions in the name of science”.
manner such that our “Pacific Gateway” policy increases in (7) -Lord Bertrand Russell (architect of Mutually Assured Destruction),
commercial volume but also increases in a qualitative political wrote in the Bulletin for Atomic Scientists July 1947:
strategic mode with the goal of acting in a supportive role, and
perhaps a go-between mode to get the three Asian giants ``If we are to preserve the peace of the world beyond the time when
(Russia, China, India) to join a soon to be renewed America ceases to have a monopoly of the bomb--which is not very
distant--it must be done by having the bomb completely controlled by
rooseveltian United States in LaRouche’s Four Power some one authority, and it cannot then be a national one. The period
Alliance. during which it can be a national authority is necessarily brief, and if the
control does not pass straight from a national authority to an
This is what Canada must orient to in 2010. international authority, then we shall inevitably get an atomic war. I
entirely agree that controlling atomic energy alone is not enough, and that
This is what Canadian patriotism, rigorously defined, ultimately we must have an international authority which can prevent war.
should mean. But it is a step, and the machinery that is required in the one case is
similar to the machinery needed in the other.
Which way for Canada, then? …When I speak of an international government, I mean one that really
governs, not an amiable facade like the League of Nations or a pretentious
--The British path detailed in True Patriot Love, the sham like the United Nations under its present constitution. An
path of the Queen’s Knight? international government ... must have the only atomic bombs, the only
plant for producing them, the only air force, the only battleships, and,
or generally, whatever is necessary to make it irresistible.''

--The “American System” path opened by Schiller, (8) A brief history of the SDI: https://www.larouchepac.com/lpactv?
nid=9196
Shelley, Roosevelt and LaRouche?
(9) New Statesman, Dec 1984
--30—
(10) Being Michael Ignatieff Michael Valpy From Saturday's Globe and
Mail, 25-08-2006

(11) The behaviorists behind Obama:


Footnotes: http://www.larouchepac.com/node/9925
(1) “It’s not in the interest of either this side of the border or that side of (12)http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090421/libs
the border. This doesn’t end well if we go down the protectionist road. We _meeting_090421/20090421?hub=TopStories
need tto say very clearly and very intently with the Americans: Let’s pull
back now!” -Ignatieff July 15, 2009 speaking to FCM meeting in B.C (13) Lyndon LaRouche—January 23, 2010: [unproofed work in progress]:
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In “We Are A Republic Not A Democracy”: “…That modern (14)http://www.committeerepubliccanada.ca/PDF/A%20Draft


A.D. 1529-1763, process leading into the birth of modern British %20Constitution.pdf
imperialism, has been the historical backdrop which must be adopted as
the reference needed to situate the origins of that system of Paolo Sarpi (15)http://www.committeerepubliccanada.ca/PDF/MassStrikeIsOpportunit
(b.1552-d.1623) which became known by such names as “behaviorism,” a y.pdf
system which was based upon the prevalent, categorical rejection of any
principled standard of truthfulness, as this rejection was argued by Adam (16)
Smith in his 1759 “Theory of Moral Sentiments”, as the British monetarist http://www.committeerepubliccanada.ca/WhatIsandtoWhatEndDoWeStud
tradition, to the present day. The result has been, that the reigning body of yUniversalHistory.htm
so-called Liberal “popular opinion” in much of the world today, is, more
often than not, a system of the sophistry imposed as a blending of induced (17) http://www.committeerepubliccanada.ca/ADefenceofPoetry.htm
popular stupidities and official lies.”