Fallacies of reasoning are easy traps to fall into. Whether it is absolutist thinking, straw man arguments or any number of other errors of thought, we are all prone to them, and I am sure that I am no exception. Our best defense against such faulty thinking is to try to cultivate our critical . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Tory Policy-Making: The Dangers Of Simplistic Thinking
For me, one of the biggest offenses against logical thinking is absolutism, which essentially says there is only one right answer, that everything is black or white, with no gradations of gray. An example would be Vic Toews infamous assertion, when controversy erupted over his deeply flawed Internet surveillance bill, that those who opposed . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Absolutely!
I suspect that with the exception of her employer, few believe The Globe’s Margaret Wente is a subtle thinker who deserves a forum in the self-proclaimed ‘newspaper of record.’ Her capacity for cartoonish characterization is especially apparent in her latest column where, borrowing liberally from a secondary source, as is her wont, she professes . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Margaret Wente Scores Another Win For Superficial Thinking
It would appear that Human Resources Minister Diane Finley is in the vanguard of the Harper regime’s latest ploy to sow dissension and suspicion, the ultimate goal being to pit Canadians against Canadians.
Finley, whose inept handling of the Employment Insurance backlog earns her zero credibility in my book, seems now to be trying . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Latest Conservative Effort at Fostering Division and Discord