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Politics and its Discontents: A Battery Recharger

Still trying to get my psychic energy back, I thought I would take this opportunity to post an interview of Neil Turok conducted a few months ago by Alan Gregg. Turok, the currrent head of the Perimiter Institute, delivered this year’s Massey Lectures on The Universe Within. While some of what he discussed is beyond . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Battery Recharger

Alberta Diary: Context, Tory MP Russ Hiebert’s shifty campaign for Bill C-377, and me

The Parliamentary trolley, on its way back from the Senate, stops in front of the Prime Minister’s Office in the Langevin Block. The dog at left was never owned by Prime Minister W.L. Mackenzie King, who was well known in his day as a labour expert, although it clearly does not approve of . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Context, Tory MP Russ Hiebert’s shifty campaign for Bill C-377, and me

Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy – Part 2

What is one of the chief effects of the Harper regime’s preference for an ideologically-based policy model over one premised on logic, facts and empirical evidence, as explored in my earlier post? The decline, perhaps even the demise, of a healthy democracy in which citizens are engaged and informed participants, thereby allowing an . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy – Part 2

Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy – Part 2

What is one of the chief effects of the Harper regime’s preference for an ideologically-based policy model over one premised on logic, facts and empirical evidence, as explored in my earlier post? The decline, perhaps even the demise, of a healthy democracy in which citizens are engaged and informed participants, thereby allowing an . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy – Part 2

Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy

Cause and effect. Sometimes the relationship is obvious, as in, for example, a cigarette left smoldering on a couch and the subsequent conflagration that destroys a house. Other times, to see the relationship requires some digging, some thinking, some connecting of the dots. To its shame the Harper regime, as retrograde and benighted . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy

Alberta Diary: Former Tory strategist Allan Gregg rips Harper Cons’ ‘systematic attack’ on facts and reason

A couple of old guys born just before the last King passed on, one of them your blogger, the other the pollster and former Tory strategist Allan Gregg. Below: Mr. Gregg in his iconoclastically Conservative heyday.

Long-time Tory pollster and strategist Allan Gregg ripped into the Harper Government on Saturday for what he . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Former Tory strategist Allan Gregg rips Harper Cons’ ‘systematic attack’ on facts and reason

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

– I wouldn’t go as far as Haroon Siddiqui in suggesting that all temporary foreign worker programs be shut down entirely (at least absent some concurrent change to encourage a flow of new workers who are able to set down roots in Canada). But he’s dead on in his . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Allan Gregg on Attack Ads

I have written about Allan Gregg on this blog before; probably his most noteworthy recent contribution to political discourse came in his speech to Carleton University’s School of Public Affairs, in which he denounced the Orwellian bent of the Harper regime in its promotion of ignorance in place information and knowledge.

Gregg . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Allan Gregg on Attack Ads

Politics and its Discontents: More From Allan Gregg: In Defence of Reason

Pollster Allan Gregg, now spending much of his time offering critiques of the Harper regime and its dangerous demagogic inclinations, has written a followup to his talk “1984 in 2012: The Assault on Reason.”

Writing in today’s Star, he discusses public reaction to speech, which essentially went viral, and offers some thoughts on . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More From Allan Gregg: In Defence of Reason

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Ed Broadbent and the Broadbent Institute are putting together a strong public push on the problem of growing inequality – featuring a video, op-ed and research paper (PDF). For more, see coverage from Rachel Mendleson, Natalie Stechyson, and CBC News.

– Today’s handy reporting tip from Bill . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the importance of substance over spin in politics – and the counterproductive effect of dedicating a party’s resources to the opposite effect.

For further reading…– As I’ve previously noted, the observations of Allan Gregg and Winslow Wheeler are here and here respectively.– Joe Klein discussed the impact of Bill Clinton’s DNC speech.– pogge . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Don Lenihan responds to Allan Gregg’s recent critique of Canadian politics, featuring this on the connection that ought to exist between ideology and policy: First, the fact that a policy is based on ideological conviction does not mean it is opposed to reason. According to Gregg, “to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: A Q&A With Allan Gregg

Many thanks to Accidental Deliberations for providing information on this Q&A with Allan Gregg, a good companion piece for his Assault On Reason article/speech. This Hill Times article on Gregg’s thesis is also worth perusal. Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Q&A With Allan Gregg

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Alice interviews Allan Gregg about his sharp criticism of anti-evidence politics, and finds some optimism on Gregg’s part that clear falsehoods will eventually be treated with due disdain: Q. So, one of your early mentors, [US pollster] Richard Wirthlin, he’s arguing that values trumped issues in the work . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: The Assault on Reason

Yesterday I wrote a post on the important role education plays in the development of critical thinking skills, skills that are crucial for anyone who aspires to being something more than a puppet of government and corporate propaganda. Unfortunately, as I noted, current education reforms under consideration in Ontario will undermine the building . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Assault on Reason

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Winslow Wheeler compares the NDP’s F-35 hearings to politics on the opposite side of the U.S. border: The differences between Canadian politicians and members of Congress are utterly stunning. Unlike here, oversight in the Canadian Parliament is alive and well. In Canada, I found two political behaviors unheard . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: A Labour Day Reminder

On this Labour Day, as we reflect on the current dire situation facing many in the workforce, it might be useful to spend a little time with this video in which Allan Greg Gregg talks to journalist Chris Hedges about his book, The Death of the Liberal Class, which exams how the corporate class has . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Labour Day Reminder