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The Disaffected Lib: The "Meh" Society

There’s really no better way to understand another society that to live there.  I have never known the United States better than during the years I spent studying there back in the Vietnam war era.  This is why I was drawn to the observations of Volker Stanzel, former undersecretary of political affairs at the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The "Meh" Society

The Scott Ross: Canada’s Innovation Is Patent-ly Declining

Starting in 1902, Albert Einstein spent seven years as a Swiss patent clerk, not only did it pay well but his “cobbler’s trade” as he referred to it, gave him ample time to do his scientific work.

With less and less patents being applied for in Canada, Einstein gives hope, albeit slim to Canada’s . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canada’s Innovation Is Patent-ly Declining

The Scott Ross: Canada Is R&D-ing A Decline, With Graphs

In 2006 Canada was spending 2% of its Gross Domestic Product on R&D. In 2012 it will spend just 1.69%.

While a large portion of the decline is due to the business sector spending less on R&D, the current Conservative government has responded by cutting its own share of spending while also reducing incentives . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canada Is R&D-ing A Decline, With Graphs

The Scott Ross: World Bank: Conservatives Making Canada Less Business Friendly

People often assume that Conservatives are pro-business, and they are, if that business is restricting other businesses from starting-up and growing. Annual data from the World Bank shows that since Stephen Harper became Prime Minister, Canad… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: World Bank: Conservatives Making Canada Less Business Friendly

The Scott Ross: The Unpopular Reason To Support A Popular Trudeau

Voting for a celebrity because he is a celebrity may sound superficial but it is made all the more substantial by the changing context of Canadian politics.

Party membership in developed countries has been declining for years, surveys have shown that voters are identifying less with parties and more with specific causes. For a party . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Unpopular Reason To Support A Popular Trudeau

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

This gets my standing ovation: the most honest 3 1/2 minutes of television.

The Scott Ross: America Falling Or World Rising

The United States’ influence is declining in the world, but there is at least one reason why Americans shouldn’t lament.

It is not that the United States is falling behind but it is that the world is catching up.

The weakening of America’s superiority may raise concern at home, but Americans should draw comfort in . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: America Falling Or World Rising

The Scott Ross: NDP & the Decline of Labour

The NDP is certainly not asking whether it should abandon organized labour, but maybe organized labour should ask whether it abandon the NDP.

What does it say about the New Democratic Party when it is the only political organization of unions, for unions and organized labour over the last thirty years has only lost power . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: NDP & the Decline of Labour