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Politics and its Discontents: Democracy’s Shortcomings*

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”― Winston S. ChurchillThe above is clearly not in accord with the thinking of our ‘betters,’ aka the corporate elite, who are now lamenting the terrible things that democracy … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Democracy’s Shortcomings*

Politics and its Discontents: A Timely Reminder

I have been convinced for some time that the prevailing message of those who truly govern us is that protest is futile. The following puts the lie to that propaganda, and perhaps serves as a timely reminder of the dangers of our own pending trade deal … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Timely Reminder

Politics and its Discontents: A Fox In The Henhouse: Alberta’s School Helpers

In response to a recent blog entry that discussed Rex Murphy’s most recent oil-shilling efforts, The Salamander alerted me to a Desmog Canada story going back almost two years. It is a story with profoundly disturbing implications, dealing as it does … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Fox In The Henhouse: Alberta’s School Helpers

Politics and its Discontents: Thinking Beyond The Conventional

We are regularly told, both by governments and their corporate confederates, that these are tough times, and that only patience and a freer hand for business will bring about eventual relief. To the seasoned observer, such a prescription is utter nonse… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Thinking Beyond The Conventional

Politics and its Discontents: This Does Not Sound Good

Given that the government of Justin Trudeau is in favour of trade deals such as the TPP, its approval seems a foregone conclusion, despite its many grave potential drawbacks:For a fuller discussion of the above graphic, please click here for both text … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: This Does Not Sound Good

Politics and its Discontents: Blowhard Blah Blah Blah

Please pardon the rather inarticulate nature of this post’s title, but it seemed appropriate in dealing with this subject:And it would appear that Toronto Star readers have taken the full measure of Kevin O’Leary:O’Leary mulls Tory leadership bid, Jan…. . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Blowhard Blah Blah Blah

Politics and its Discontents: "It’s A Trojan Horse In A Global Race To The Bottom"

That’s how Former Secretary of Labour Robert Reich, in this brief but very illuminating explanation, describes the Trans Pacific Partnership, approved by the Harper government but not yet ratified. It will be the first real test of how well the new Tru… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: "It’s A Trojan Horse In A Global Race To The Bottom"

Politics and its Discontents: Embracing The Veil

H/t The Toronto Star

While our prime minister claims, when attacking the niqab, that Canadians hold openness and transparency as societal values, he is happy to keep us in the dark about all of the secret negotiations going on to conclude the highly controversial Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, leaked elements of which suggest . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Embracing The Veil

Politics and its Discontents: Robert Reich’s Warning About the Trans Pacific Partnership

Although directed to an American audience, these warnings are equally applicable to Canada:

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The Trans Pacific Partnership is a zombie that refuses to die no matter how many stakes are . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Robert Reich’s Warning About the Trans Pacific Partnership

Politics and its Discontents: What Constitutes Reasonable Return?

Orphan diseases are perhaps the most cruel of illnesses. Frequently life threatening, they afflict only a very small percentage of the world’s populations, thereby discouraging research and making any drugs that are developed prohibitively expensive. Are pharmaceutical companies that do develop treatments merely getting fair return on their investment, or are they in fact extorting . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What Constitutes Reasonable Return?

Politics and its Discontents: Things We Are Not Supposed To Know Or Think About

While The Star’s David Olive recently wrote an article extolling the economic benefits of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership, others strongly suggest the need for extreme caution, not just because of potential job losses, but also due to the very real losses in national sovereignty that will ensue if the agreement is ever finalized.

Consider . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Things We Are Not Supposed To Know Or Think About

Politics and its Discontents: The Pope Just Doesn’t Know His Place

At least. that’s what I infer from the blather of Catholic League President Bill Donohue:

No doubt, obeisance to the corporate agenda is what Donahue and his ilk expect from any self-respecting pontiff. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: … Your Young Men Will See Visions, Your Old Men Will Dream Dreams.

Although far from a biblical scholar, I find the above line, taken from the Book of Acts, to be an apt title. Even though I am taking it out of context, it encapsulates for me a capacity that the world in general, and Canada in particular, has lost: the capacity to dream of and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: … Your Young Men Will See Visions, Your Old Men Will Dream Dreams.

Politics and its Discontents: On Our Diversions

This is one of those days when I haven’t felt like writing anything. And George Orwell said just about everything better, anyway.

H/t Mint Press News Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Amanda Lang Interviews Ed Broadbent

If you have as low an opinion of the CBC’s disgraced chief business correspondent, Amanda Lang, as I do, watch the following video. I think you will find that, with her absolutist questions typical of the extreme right and the intellectually deficient, she does not exceed expectations.

For Broadbent’s thoughts on how Harper has failed . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Amanda Lang Interviews Ed Broadbent

Politics and its Discontents: The Next System Project: A Practical Example

Yesterday’s post revolved around The Next System Project, an initiative committed to exploring replacements for the traditional institutions that are failing our world so badly. One major focus of the project is on expanding business models that grant company ownership to workers.

That goal put me in mind of a documentary I saw a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Next System Project: A Practical Example

Politics and its Discontents: The Quiet Eloquence Of Harry Smith

His is a quiet eloquence that speaks far louder than all the braying our political ‘leaders’ engage in with abandon. Harry Smith, about whom I previously posted, is a man who has seen much during his long life. He has seen the worst that happens when society treats the majority of its people with contempt, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Quiet Eloquence Of Harry Smith

Politics and its Discontents: Harry Smith Has Stephen Harper In His Sights

Harry Smith is a man on a mission, one that should put disengaged Canadians to shame.

The 92-year-old long-time activist, who splits his time between Canada and England, is ashamed of what has happened under the rule of Stephen Harper, and plans to make a difference as soon as he returns from the United Kingdom, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harry Smith Has Stephen Harper In His Sights

Politics and its Discontents: The Canadian Wealth Gap – Far Worse Than Most Think

We hear a great deal about the giants who walk among us – the Canadian masters and mistresses of the universe, all those ‘self-made’ men and women who accomplished their feats thanks to daring, sheer hard work, and exclusive reliance on their own resources. They didn’t ask for any ‘handouts.’

You know who they . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Canadian Wealth Gap – Far Worse Than Most Think

Politics and its Discontents: What If?

Last evening, I was watching the 6:00 o’clock news, distracted and perturbed by the howling winds (up to 100 kms. per hour) buffeting our windows. Here in Southern Ontario, about 100 kilometres from the snowstorm that has devasted Buffalo, I can perhaps be forgiven for feeling especially sensitive to increasingly frequent bouts . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What If?

Politics and its Discontents: The Power of Imagination

I can imagine that giant ball being put to a better use, like capturing the hot air that the oil industry is so adept at spewing out, much more of which seems in the offing.

As reported in today’s Star, TransCanada Corp. plans to browbeat detractors of its ambitious Energy East pipeline with intense . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Power of Imagination

Politics and its Discontents: Kinder Morgan: Message From Ralphie

This is my mad face:

Kinder Morgan wants him charged with assault. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Pity They Don’t Practice Such Restraint Domestically

Those paragons of virtue and restraint, the business elite, have given us direction for successful relations with China.

Guy Nelson, who makes amusement park rides and was tapped as one of the businessmen to accompany Dear Leader to the Orient, is also freelancing as the Harper regime’s foreign policy adviser. He has proclaimed that . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Pity They Don’t Practice Such Restraint Domestically

Politics and its Discontents: Beware The ‘Great Men’ In Our Midst

Were he perceived throughout the country as the legendary Canadian he is in his own mind, I’m sure that former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna would be lauded far and wide for his insights and advice. Yet the current Deputy Chairman of The Toronto Dominion Bank, board member of Canadian Natural and shill spokesman . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Beware The ‘Great Men’ In Our Midst

Politics and its Discontents: The Globe And Mail: Same Old, Same Old

We are currently receiving a three-month free subscription to The Globe and Mail, a paper I supported for many years until it returned to its largely right-wing nature after vanquishing its putative competition, The National Post, and jettisoning many of its finer writers. At least getting it free for this period allows me unimpeded . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Globe And Mail: Same Old, Same Old