Pushed to the Left and Loving It: And They Wonder Why More Women Don’t Get Into Politics

In an interview in 2012, Hilary Clinton was asked “Which designers do you prefer?” Her response was brilliant: “Would you ever ask a man that question?” Says journalist Mary Elizabeth Williams: That terse exchange over her wardrobe … exemplifies everything that endears Clinton to her supporters – and everything that exasperates so many of us ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Death and Taxes. How Did We Get it So Wrong?

The old adage that nothing is certain but death and taxes, was first used by author Daniel Defoe, but in a different context. In his The Political History of the Devil (1726), Defoe dismisses the popular notion that the Devil has a cloven foot, or any other characteristic bestowed on him by humans. He suggests ...

Politics and its Discontents: Following Politics Too Closely Takes Its Toll

I imagine that many people who follow politics closely do so in the belief that it is one of the few arenas that offers the possibility of change on a wide scale. Enlightened public policy, backed by the appropriate fiscal measures, can help bring about greater social and economic equity, thereby contributing to a more ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Ontario Budget: Andrea Horwath’s Dilemma

Being the leader of an opposition party in Ontario just got a lot more difficult for one person yesterday. No, I’m not referring to young Tim (not ready for prime-time politics) Hudak, whose response to the Ontario’s austerity budget was both swift and predictable: “It fails to address the job crisis or runaway spending … ...