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Politics and its Discontents: One Thing Is Clear

The older I get, the more I realize that there are no simple solutions to problems, be it world hunger, war and conflict, climate change, or something as seemingly straightforward as getting along with that difficult guy down the street. And while I ha… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: One Thing Is Clear

Bill Longstaff: Soul mates and the politics of fear

Fabricating a threat to the nation in order to instill fear in the population may be demagoguery, but it is also a highly effective way for leaders to rally the people behind them. Frightened citizens turn conservative and cling to what they know, i.e. the incumbent government, rather than risk change. Politicians understand this very . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Soul mates and the politics of fear

Politics and its Discontents: How Much For That Bauble In The Window?

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Today, on our national holiday, most will be giving thanks for what they treasure in their lives, whether it be a loving family, good friends, a solid roof over their heads, good food on the table, etc.

I suspect a sizable number will also be giving thanks, indeed perhaps even . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: How Much For That Bauble In The Window?

Politics and its Discontents: More Reflections on Leadership

The other day, in my post on political leadership, I chose Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as the figure to contrast what I consider to be the much more mature and thoughtful approach of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. My exclusion of the more obvious figure of comparison, Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, was intentional, given . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More Reflections on Leadership

Politics and its Discontents: ‘Master of the Universe’ Tim Speaks Again

And, as usual, has nothing to say to anyone with the capacity to think.

H/t Kev Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Villagers With Pitchforks

Looks like these folks need some direction:

I suspect young Tim Hudak would like to provide it for them. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Do You Have What It Takes To Write For Sun News?

Please note: no journalism degree needed or wanted.

YOU’RE CONSCRIPTED! JOIN THE SUN NEWS TEAM

Do you think differently? Have you dreamed about working in the media but couldn’t stomach the thought of the group think therapy sessions? If you’re on a relentless pursuit of the truth, we might have just . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Do You Have What It Takes To Write For Sun News?

Politics and its Discontents: Sun TV – A Blight On Critical Thinking

Personally, I think we all give far too much attention to that parody-of-news-organization known as Sun TV. From the puerile rants of Ezra Levant to the sanctimonious pronouncements of religious hypocrites like Michael Coren, Sun TV is an egregious insult to anyone with a modicum of critical-thinking skills.

Yet here I am, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Sun TV – A Blight On Critical Thinking

Politics and its Discontents: The Sun: Demagoguery, Not Critical Thinking

As a contrast to my earlier post about the Star and critical thinking, take a look at this poll and readers’ comments about Omar Khadr from Sun readers.

h/t Norm Spector Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Sun: Demagoguery, Not Critical Thinking

Politics and its Discontents: The Politics of Education

After I retired from teaching, my first blog was devoted to matters of education, including the institutional politics that frequently deform it. Now, more than five years into retirement, I spend most of my writing energies on this blog. However, today I would like to write a post in which the two subjects are . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Politics of Education