The Iron Curtain fell in the Soviet Union decades ago. The cold war, while it lasted, spawned fear and distrust among everyday citizens, along a multitude of novels and movies romanticizing and glorifying the simmering conflict between Eastern Europe and the United States. Many of us living in North America will never have the chance to experience a life of oppression in a police-run state, and thankfully so.
However, if you’d like to have a communist experience and find out what it’s like to be arrested and persecuted for stating your beliefs, look no further than the province of New Brunswick. You don’t need to book a flight to Siberia in order to feel the crushing iron fist, just voice your displeasure about fracking. You’ll instantly be arrested, cuffed and hauled off to prison like a 1970’s spy. You don’t even need to be violent. Praying or singing will get you a one way ticket to the nearest RCMP (or is that KGB?) Station for a stay in the slammer.
Run by the Dictator known as Davidous Alwardoff, New Brunswick is no longer a safe place for citizens to think and express themselves freely. As I write this, I have my dogs positioned towards the door in case it’s broken down and I’m arrested by law enforcement. The dogs won’t bite them, but may lick them long enough for me to make a hasty retreat. Being a free thinker, I realize that my days of writing such articles are numbered, because if the noxious fumes from the gas wells don’t drive me insane, I’ll just be tossed in the clink anyways.
Funny, isn’t it. A real laugh. We live in a democratic society where are votes are supposed to count and our voices are supposed to be heard. Well not here for the time being. I can tell you without a doubt, if Davidous Alwardoff allows us to have an election in the near future, he’ll be on a line himself. An unemployment line. Whether you are for fracking or against it, you should have a say as the matter is so important. In a democratic society you would. But not in New Brunswick. The new Iron Curtain.