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Diagolon: The Story of Canada’s Awakening

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How opposition to lockdowns and vaccine mandates propelled the Canadian freedom movement towards nationalism and ultimately led to the politics of remigration.

Before we talk about Diagolon, we must first talk about Canada. Canadians are renowned worldwide for their hospitality, friendliness and passion for hockey. Many NHL players proudly hail from Canada, coming from various regions like rural British Columbia to the shores of Newfoundland, having grown up playing on makeshift rinks every winter. If you meet a Canadian during your travels, just mention hockey and watch their eyes light up. Canada, often considered the most successful joint project of Britain and France, is a country whose citizens abroad love to talk about its wonders. They’ll enthusiastically tell you about the country’s beauty, the amazing people and the high quality of life. For over 300 years, since the first British and French settlements, Canada has been a prime destination for immigrants from around the world, while it wasn’t always this accepting of non-European immigration until the 1970s. Canadians rarely emigrate, but when they do, the United States is usually their destination, often seeking growth opportunities not available in Canada. Unlike the flag-waving patriotism associated with Americans, Canadians are known for their more subdued nationalism, or simply the lack thereof. They pride themselves on being nice, egalitarian and accepting, valuing diversity and integration rather than assimilation, unlike what they might describe as the more aggressive patriotism of Americans.

These characteristics are broadly accurate across Canada, particularly in English Canada. However, French Canadians, especially in Quebec, are known to prioritize the supremacy of their language and culture, a luxury English Canadians aren’t allowed. All of that changed in 2022. The year 2020 was difficult for everyone, regardless of where they lived. Lockdowns, masks, job loss, isolation, and race riots in America made it a challenging time. But we managed to get through it. It was even harder for dissidents or people of European origin who were aware of the global changes happening around them. Statues of their ancestors were being torn down, and they lived in fear of being arrested just for leaving their homes. In Canada, churches and businesses were seized by the government, locked up, with people fined and some even jailed. The lockdowns were severe, but what followed was worse: vaccine mandates. According to the Canadian government, vaccination was the only way to end the lockdowns.

There weren’t many dissenters to the lockdowns in Canada; opposition was rare. Most people endured the restrictions and lived quietly. However, this changed when the government mandated vaccinations for participation in public life, returning to work, or simply dining at a restaurant. The options were stark: either take an experimental medicine to retain your income and keep a roof over your head, or be blacklisted from society. Recent events showed that Canadians might have been ready to accept these mandates, just as they did with the lockdowns, and many other tyrannical policed that preceded it. However, this situation became a rare exception, sparking an ethno-racial awakening in Canada. A group of working-class men and women, including truckers, rallied against these mandates. Over 100,000 people gathered in Ottawa to protest, with significant turnouts in every provincial capital, demanding an end to the vaccine mandates. These protests were organized by grassroots activists, many of whom were libertarians and conservative-leaning individuals opposing the forced experimental medicine. The convoy became the largest gathering of right-wing individuals in Canada. Within a few weeks, the convoy leadership, who had not even solicited funds, received over $20 million in donations . The country was hungry for change, without anyone to lead them.

In the midst of these events, Jeremy Mackenzie aka the Raging Dissident , a former Afghanistan veteran and podcast host with a small but dedicated following, gained prominence. He notably confronted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the government’s controversial decision to award $10 million to Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen of Afghan-Egyptian descent convicted for the death of an American medic in Afghanistan and detained at Guantanamo Bay. Mackenzie juxtaposed this payout against the government’s denial of a pension raise for veterans with exemplary service records. Trudeau’s widely heard response reverberated throughout the country: “Veterans are asking for more than we can afford.” said the Prime Minister. In 2018, after this incident, retired Corporal Jeremy Mackenzie was interviewed outside a community hall in Edmonton by several news organizations, where he delivered his first public address explaining the events.

This occurred during Canada’s second year under this current Liberal government. Following the viral interview, Mackenzie garnered attention from figures such as Alex Jones and Gavin McInnes. Subsequently, Mackenzie launched a YouTube podcast titled “The Raging Dissident.”

On his podcast, Mackenzie discusses topics such as government inefficiencies and wasteful spending, the neglect of veterans, and various conspiracy-related issues. Despite touching on sensitive topics like immigration and Syrian refugees, Mackenzie’s viewpoints generally fall within the mainstream discourse. His podcast has developed a small but dedicated following. From 2018 onwards, Jeremy continued hosting his podcast discussing general news and conspiracy theories. Throughout 2020, he vocally opposed lockdown measures, attracting a growing base of like-minded Canadians. This continued for two years.

By February 2022, during the Freedom Convoy’s journey to Ottawa, many participants sought leadership. Jeremy Mackenzie, alongside fellow dissidents Alex “The Ferryman” Vriend and Derek “Rants” Harrison , found themselves in a position to lead. They rallied people around the common cause of defying vaccine mandates. Before the convoy departed, Mackenzie streamed live and observed that jurisdictions less stringent on lockdowns followed a geographic pattern resembling a diagonal line from Alaska to Florida. This included Canadian regions such as the Yukon Territory, Northern British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

Ret. Cpl Jeremy Mackenzie in front of the Daigolon flag at a fundraiser for his legal defense.

The flag of Diagolon features a roughly drawn diagonal line across a black rectangle. This fictional nation, imagined by Jeremy Mackenzie during a livestream, was humorously named Diagolon. It was conceived as a meme, a joke, a light-hearted response to tyranny. Mackenzie and most of his followers were not ethno-nationalists and would have rejected such an idea. They were simply a growing community of freedom lovers opposed to government mandates for experimental medicine.

In a later stream, Mackenzie, Vriend, and Harrison expanded on the idea of this meme country. As the convoy movement gained traction, Diagolon transformed from a joke into a grassroots community. Small groups began to form around a shared belief in resisting tyranny, without any formal organization. Mackenzie called this the “Find Your Friends” campaign, which Vriend later renamed “Tribe and Train.” From this point onwards, through the convoy and subsequent acts of resistance against tyranny, Diagolon’s primary goal was clear: to go to Ottawa and stay until the mandates were lifted. The responsibility to respond now fell on the regime, as hundreds of thousands of White Canadians from across the country “illegally” occupied the National Capital. This movement, estimated to involve 6-7 million people, represented about 15% of the population according to mainstream media and anti-hate organizations.

During the convoy, two major themes were prominently visible. First, there were numerous “Fuck Trudeau” flags. Additionally, many people wore hats and clothing with the acronym “FYMM,” which stands for “Fuck You, Make Me.” This phrase emerged as a defiant response to tyranny and expressed clear dissent against the regime and its policies.

Fuck Trudeau flag
FYMM hat.

Secondly the other observation that was made by the organizers, the loosely defined leadership, as well as the presence of the masses themselves that alas while Canada is only 70% white and less than 60% in many of the provincial capitals, the convoy had an overwhelming supermajority of whites representing, not only just white but people whose families can trace their heritage for a few centuries on this continent. Anyone can go back and look at all the footage; one would be hard pressed to find a non-White face. In fact they were so rare we know all of their names.

These two things combines together is a the foundational concept of Diagolon, which is still not real, except as a t-shirt company. During the Freedom convoy the Canadian Federal Government, Ontario’s Provincial Government as well as the City of Ottawa took it upon themselves to chase this fictional country of Diagolon, which was specifically made as a joke and a challenge to the tyrants. The massive presence of heritage Canadians in the national capital, brought the authorities to their knees. The Prime Minster went on a live interview saying “Do we tolerate these people?”. It cannot be reiterated enough how all these people who showed up to protest tyranny were not ethno-nationalists, were not even anti-immigration; at best, they were just freedom loving civic-nationalists who wanted to be left alone.

“Force a tyrant to act like one” – and that is precisely what they did. The crowds of people organizing and protesting, not only in Ottawa but across the country, created a significant optics problem for the sitting regime. These protestors had no allies on Parliament Hill and lacked strong leadership beyond a few convoy organizers and the individuals from “Diagolon.” When told it was time to leave and that none of their demands would be met, they remained steadfast in their beliefs and refused to move. The city streets were blocked with thousands of long-haul trucks. People created small, organized encampments with a makeshift economy, selling food to those who were not allowed to patronize local businesses. This posed not only an optical challenge for the government but also a logistical one. Forcing people out using the police is one thing, but moving hundreds of trucks was nearly impossible. Any towing company that participated would risk losing all future business from truckers, essentially killing their own livelihood.

The government’s solution was to approach certain towing companies, cover up all identifying markings, obfuscate license plates, and allow drivers to wear balaclavas. Once the trucks were removed, the RCMP was mobilized to make mass arrests under the “Emergencies Act,” which is Canada’s reformed War Measures Act. Organizers, including Mackenzie, were arrested and charged with several outrageous crimes across multiple provinces, charges which he has since successfully contested. These series of events led to many participants as well as the leadership of the convoy to radically change their views on much of how the see the world around them. Without the presence of a political figure such as Trump or Farage, these individuals learnt about tyranny, why it happens, what was the final solution from the regime and how they lack any allies in those historic buildings where legislation is made.

After the convoy disbanded, significant concessions were made by the authorities. Vaccine mandates were completely lifted, exposing how eager the RCMP was to confront elderly citizens, veterans, and children in Ottawa. In Coutts, Alberta, several men were falsely arrested and imprisoned for two years. Many observers left realizing the country was in dire straits, noting the government’s swift move to open borders to Indian workers to replace those in service and trucking industries. Mackenzie owns a unique goat figurine named Phillip, a running joke in his podcast where he humorously attributes ideas to it. However, the RCMP security service and CSIS didn’t see it this way. Millions were spent chasing Phillip and prosecuting Mackenzie and other convoy organizers. Supporters donating even $5 to the convoy fund were de-banked, sympathetic public servants were punished, and sitting MPs were arrested for supporting the convoy openly.

Phillip the Goat figurine rendition by AI

Initially Diagolon was joke, then it was a t-shirt company that sold merchandise for the listeners of a podcast, eventually it became a loose knit community around the country who had singular goal of uniting against a mandate, eventually due to the response of the regime it became a symbol of organized resistance against the response of the regime.

As Nicholas R. Jeelvy recently mentioned, this rapid shift in Canadian political sentiment from the Freedom Convoy in February 2022 to “White” nationalists openly expressing disdain for non-Whites, especially Indians, by 2024 can be attributed to the absence of a Trump-like figure dominating Canadian nationalist discourse. Canada, which has never been ahead of any political issue is now ahead of the United States, where the political discourse remain stuck in 2016 era race blind civic-nationalism. In essence, he described what Diagolon is. Diagolon has entered the Canadian politician lexicon since then. The sitting government and opposition spends countless hours trying to distance themselves from it, political figures steal talking points from it, mainstream right wing outlets follow the trend set by Diagolonian discourse on Twitter. It all sounds silly, and humorous.
So what is Diagolon? Who is Phillip? How do you join this “not” organization? How did Canada, the most egalitarian of all places with a apathetic populace suddenly find itself at the forefront of remigration politics? Let’s try and answer these questions poignantly for the global audience of Radical Dose readers.

Diagolon represents a loose collective of Heritage Canadians who vehemently oppose the ideologies of what they perceive as a Frankfurt School-influenced anti-White regime. They are acutely aware of demographic changes and advocate for their reversal. They are the only ones advocating for remigration. This grassroots activist group not only seeks to revitalize Heritage Canada but also aims to establish alternative systems for those marginalized from mainstream economic participation. Diagolon includes an active club component, attracting talented individuals; White men, who, despite being ostracized from conventional avenues, continue their pursuits out of dedication to their nation or community, albeit for different beneficiaries. In Canada, Diagolon has emerged as a significant entity viewed as a threat by the current regime, prompting constant scrutiny from security agencies, media critics, and politicians, despite the absence of concrete evidence of subversion.

Phillip is a goat figurine embodying Mackenzie’s inner musings, humorously poking fun at the incompetent security agencies tasked with safeguarding Canada’s national sovereignty. According to Mackenzie, Phillip was a gift from his girlfriend, purchased at Winners, a discount store. Despite Phillip’s newfound fame, Mackenzie has never come across another figurine quite like Phillip, adding an almost mythical quality to this whimsical inanimate object. Phillip serves as a conduit for dissenting thoughts, infused with quintessential Canadian sarcasm, reminiscent of the lore surrounding intriguing finds akin to those from “Needful Things.”

When the regime ratchets up tyranny bit by bit over the years, while your life gets more expensive, everything you took for grated is no longer there: housing becomes unaffordable, entire swaths of the service industry transformed by migrant labor from India; and remote areas that have no industry or attraction have significant amount of demographic change done to it within a few years, then white people who are welcoming can no longer afford to avoid addressing it. Not only is life less affordable, not only are daily activities less safe, but there’s no place to hide. It forces people into a dilemma, where they have to see race, migration patterns and how all the tyranny is tied to population displacement or die. Whenever there is a national crisis, who shows up to help? Its the white population, overwhelmingly. The few minorities that do are negligible. Canada has the 2nd fastest changing demographics in the world right below Ireland due to the pet project of the Century Initiative, which aims to have 100 Million people in Canada by the end of the century, most of which would come from the global south. In other words, it’s the Great Replacement. An NGO form estimates 25% of Canada is made of foreigners, i.e. people who are not citizens. Roughly 10 million people out of our 41 million population has spent less than 2-3 years in the country. 1 out of 4 people that currently reside inside Canadian borders are foreigners i. e. 25% of Canada’s population are foreign nationals with some form of a work/study permit; asylum seekers or they’re just illegal aliens. This number does not include the naturalized variety of non-European diaspora, or non-Europeans born here. All of these factors jolt the average person into certain realizations. Simple minded egalitarians have to face the question of remigration. That is the story of Diagolon, and how Canada’s freedom movement evolved into a true Nationalist opposition to the occupied Canadian government.

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