Autonomy For All: Nenshi: Right About LRTs, Wrong About Ideology

Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi visited Toronto last week and made some sensible comments about LRTs.  He also made some mushy and poorly reasoned comments about ideology, his ideas are popular, but fundamentally wrong and beliefs like this actually hinder progress on issues people care about.  You cannot wish away ideology.  It doesn’t go out of ...

Autonomy For All: Nenshi: Right About LRTs, Wrong About Ideology

Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi visited Toronto last week and made some sensible comments about LRTs.  He also made some mushy and poorly reasoned comments about ideology, his ideas are popular, but fundamentally wrong and beliefs like this actually hinder progress on issues people care about.  You cannot wish away ideology.  It doesn’t go out of ...

Autonomy For All: Why Do Conservatives Accuse Everyone Of Marxism & Nazism So Much?

Anyone familiar with politics online has encountered the very common strain of right winger (some are “libertarians” instead of conservatives, but I didn’t want to burden the title too much) who run around equating all forms of left wing politics from liberalism, social democrats and other soft-socialists to full bore Marxist-Stalinists, Maoists & (of course, ...

Autonomy For All: Why Do Conservatives Accuse Everyone Of Marxism & Nazism So Much?

Anyone familiar with politics online has encountered the very common strain of right winger (some are “libertarians” instead of conservatives, but I didn’t want to burden the title too much) who run around equating all forms of left wing politics from liberalism, social democrats and other soft-socialists to full bore Marxist-Stalinists, Maoists & (of course, ...

The Ranting Canadian: Canada’s annual protest against women’s rights was…

Canada’s annual protest against women’s rights was held at Parliament Hill on May 9, 2013, drawing thousands of right-wing busybodies who can’t keep their authoritarianism in their pants. The name of the yearly “March For Life” is misleading, because most of the religious fanatics who attend these events are very selective about their concern for ...

Autonomy For All: Market Totalitarianism

In a recent post I referred to conservatives who would prefer to return to the failed strategy of every person for themselves when it comes to retirement security as “free market totalitarian ideologues.“ The term actually occurred to me (and I expect I am not the originator or first user) when wondering how we let ...

Autonomy For All: Conservative Pension Behavioural Utopianism

Conservatives like to portray themselves as hard-bitten “realists” who look objectively at the world as it really is and shake their heads at silly liberals with our rose coloured glasses.  Yet I often find conservatives pushing policy ideas that are based on Utopian standards of human behaviour.  This is where they make policies that will work only ...

The Ranting Canadian: Any fool who still says “better dead than red” in…

Any fool who still says “better dead than red” in this day and age should have to prove it. Try both options and get back to us.

Autonomy For All: Why Liberalism? Part 2

In part 1, I outlined a view of what liberalism is, and an understanding of what “ideology” is.  In part 2, let’s look at some evidence for the views I’m promoting, in summary, the thesis that: [Liberalism] does not start from a sacred writ that outlines all outcomes and presupposes all solutions.  It attempts to ...

Autonomy For All: Why Liberalism?

In early January, Paul Krugman wrote something that actually cuts to the heart of perhaps the most important distinction between liberalism and other ideologies, particularly right wing ideologies like conservativism and libertarianism.  Discussing the idea of minting a platinum coin in order to circumvent the Republicans’ ability cause a US debt default, Krugman writes: For ...

The Ranting Canadian: Why is it that on Wikipedia, Facebook and various other…

Why is it that on Wikipedia, Facebook and various other websites, the pushiest proselytizers are almost always the libertarian capitalists?  They are like cult members. The glassy-eyed worshippers of  the fortunate rich (who are rarely rich themselves) are by far the most persistent of the zealots who spread propaganda and attempt  — but fail — ...

Autonomy For All: Standing Up To Bullies

As part of their ongoing mission to destroy the Enlightenment, the right has latched onto a tweet by Lawyers, Guns and Money’s Erik Loomis, a non-tenured academic at a Rhode Island university.  They’re of course trying to get him fired.  It’s completely hypocritical, the substance of their complaint is preposterous and too often this shit ...

Autonomy For All: Newtown: Another Expose on Conservative Ideological Bankruptcy

While liberals debate various forms of gun control, improvements to the psychiatric care system, and other actual measures to make slaughters like Newtown less likely, the abject bankruptcy of conservative thought is something to behold. The Tea Party suggests more George Zimmermans are the answer.  Armed vigilante squads patrolling school zones. Gun “academic” John Lott ...

The Scott Ross: A Genetic Justification For Liberalism

It’s little wonder that liberalism endorses science when no other ideology is more endorsed by it. Foundational liberal principles have been recently strengthened by new research, solidifying the ideology not just in abstract philosophy but empirically in human nature. The liberal belief in equality and that government has a role in actively improving society was ...