Politics and its Discontents: On The Importance Of Political Renewal

I’d like to share with you a comment made on a previous post dealing with the self-delusion the Conservative Party seems to be engaged in as they lurch toward ‘renewal.’ AniO wrote: The rehabilitation of the Conservative party is vital to our future, however. Sooner or hopefully later, the current government will become old, tired, ...

Politics and its Discontents: Decision Time

It has been, in the estimation of most people, an almost unbearably long campaign; its eleven weeks’ duration likely tested the mettle of the most ardent of political junkies. Yet at the same time it has probably served at least one positive purpose for those who don’t follow politics very closely: it has laid bare ...

Politics and its Discontents: Toward Democratic Renewal

I’m sure that all progressive bloggers are disheartened and bedeviled by the devolution of democracy in Canada. Not only has it been under consistent and sustained attack by the Harper regime, but it has also (perhaps as a result of those attacks) seen a substantial rise in the number of disaffected and disengaged citizens, attested ...

Alex's Blog: Going, Going, Gone: Dismantling the Progressive State

“An Auction”. William Pyne and William Combe (1808). Now that some time has passed since the federal budget it might be useful to step back and assess what it says about where the government is taking us. Reaction has been pretty muted. The “centrist punditry” generally see this as an incremental budget, business as usual, ...