So ... Canada is now saying, "It's not as bad here as in North Korea, or Nazi Germany." And we can say, "It's not as bad here as in Canada." Not exactly progress, is it?
As a mathematician I can say it is, actually—with a minus sign.
This is not sensationalism and fearmongering. Viva Frei is careful to see many sides of an issue. So am I, and I fully acknowledge that not everyone sees the same line separating civil disobedience from selfish thuggery.
Following the rules is necessary for a functional civilization.
Blindly following the rules is necessary for a functional tyranny.
Respecting one another is necessary for a functional humanity.
I'm going to leave it at that for now.