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Politics and its Discontents: Our Paradoxical Species

Anyone who reads this blog regularly probably knows that I am something of a cynic when it comes to our species. Sure, there are many exceptions, but as a whole, we seem oblivious to our obligations to the world around us. Cossetted by our conveniences… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Our Paradoxical Species

Politics and its Discontents: Our Paradoxical Species

Anyone who reads this blog regularly probably knows that I am something of a cynic when it comes to our species. Sure, there are many exceptions, but as a whole, we seem oblivious to our obligations to the world around us. Cossetted by our conveniences, our technologies and our bloated lifestyles, we far too often prefer to ignore all the evidence of the toll such indulgences take on the world.

I doubt that yesterday’s message from the Pope will have much effect on us, given our endless capacity for kicking the ball down the road. The CBC reports the following:

In the message, Francis said the faithful should use the holy year to ask forgiveness for the “sins” against the environment that have been committed by the “irresponsible, selfish” and profit-motivated economic and political system.

He called for all of humanity to take concrete steps to change course, starting with repaying what he called the “ecological debt” that wealthy countries owe the poor.

“Repaying [the debt] would require treating the environments of poorer nations with care and providing the financial resources and technical assistance needed to help them deal with climate change and promote sustainable development,” he wrote.

But on a personal, more local level, we all have a role to play, he said:

For example: “avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, using public transport or car-pooling, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights, or any number of other practices”.

Each of the above is easy to accomplish, but my hunch is that most can’t be bothered, consumed as they are by the busyness of their lives.

Is our collective indifference because we can’t personalize the existential threats we face (until, of course, we are flooded or burned out, of course)? I pose the question as I acknowledge the deeply paradoxical and conflicting facts of our nature. When, for example, we are called upon to act to help individuals, our courage can reach heroic, almost mythical proportions, as witnessed in the following:

How can we simultaneously be so selfish and so selfless? And more importantly, how can we harness what we are truly capable of for the common good? I wish I had some answers.

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Politics and its Discontents: Friends In High Places: The NEB Continues Its Bromance With Enbridge

Last week I posted a story about the National Energy Board taking pity on Enbridge, reducing a fine levied against the energy delivery giant for the damage it caused to private property in Manitoba. Unfortunately, we now learn that this was just the st… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Friends In High Places: The NEB Continues Its Bromance With Enbridge

Politics and its Discontents: Enbridge Shirks Its Moral Responsibility

The National Observer reports the following:Enbridge Inc. will save $22,000 after convincing Canada’s pipeline enforcement agency that it shouldn’t have been punished for failing to help neighbouring landowners with property damage.The savings will com… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Enbridge Shirks Its Moral Responsibility

Dead Wild Roses: Wake Up Call – Animated Short

A tonic against the slash and burn capitalism we’re supposed to worship.

Filed under: Education Tagged: Capitalism, Environmental Destruction, Supply Chains, Wake Up Call

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Politics and its Discontents: A Response From The Mound Of Sound

The Mound of Sound, who knows a great deal about the topic, offered the following response to my post on our hubris and our folly. Thanks for posting that video, Lorne. Any species that cannot live in harmony with its environment, that even comes to dominate and overwhelm its environment is inherently parasitic and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Response From The Mound Of Sound

Politics and its Discontents: The Next System Project

Bloggers far more skilled and knowledgeable that I have written extensively about how our societal systems are broken. Whether we look at the current model of rapacious capitalism, environmental non-regulation, fraying medical and social support programs, it is obvious that almost everything is largely rigged in favour of the few, not the many, with the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Next System Project

Politics and its Discontents: The Dangers Are Only Too Apparent And Predictable

I was taking a bit of a break from blogging today when this came up, a sobering object lesson in the environmental disasters that we flirt with on the West Coast: A 135-metre container ship laden with bunker and diesel fuel is adrift off the west coast of Haida Gwaii, the Rescue Co-ordination Centre . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Dangers Are Only Too Apparent And Predictable

Politics and its Discontents: A Effective Counter To Oil Companies’ Greenwash Propaganda

The following definition of greenwashing is offered by Wikipedia: Greenwashing (a compound word modelled on “whitewash”), or “green sheen,”[1][2] is a form of spin in which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization’s products, aims or policies are environmentally friendly.

Most of us, I am sure, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Effective Counter To Oil Companies’ Greenwash Propaganda

Politics and its Discontents: "I’ve Gone To The Dark Side": A Guest Post From The Mound Of Sound

I received this essay from Mound yesterday. He asked me to read it carefully before deciding whether to post it, given its dark, apocalyptic overtones. I acquiesced in the Mound’s request and concluded there was no way I would not put it on my blog, dealing as it does with issues and truths that, as . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: "I’ve Gone To The Dark Side": A Guest Post From The Mound Of Sound

Politics and its Discontents: A Guest Post From The Mound Of Sound

I have missed reading the Mound of Sound since he put his blog, The Disaffected Lib, on hiatus about five weeks ago. A man of wide-ranging interests and passions, his posts on climate change and politics never failed to catch my attention and stimulate my own reading and research.

Yesterday I received an . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Guest Post From The Mound Of Sound

Politics and its Discontents: A Timely Reminder

In light of the National Energy Board’s rubber stamping of the Enbridge Line 9 reversal with very few safeguards, here is a timely reminder of the inherent dangers of pipelines:

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Politics and its Discontents: A Good Question

But what is the answer?

Re: ‘Golden age’ for Poland caps 500 years of pain, Dec. 22

Seeing the statement “communism’s iron grip” was too much. What about capitalism’s iron grip? Communism has come and gone in Poland, Russia and many other countries. But we have endured capitalism for centuries and it shows no sign . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Good Question

Politics and its Discontents: Pensée Du La Jour

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Politics and its Discontents: Perhaps Its Time To Stop Talking And Start Acting?

For obvious reasons.

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Politics and its Discontents: David Letterman On Fracking

This was most gratifying to see, although I was puzzled by the laughter that periodically erupted from the audience:

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Politics and its Discontents: A Master of the Universe Speaks

ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson: ‘What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?

Chilling, vile, and depraved words.

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Politics and its Discontents: Tim Speaketh Again

The only trouble is, everytime he does, he affirms his incompetence. Yes, young Tim Hudak, the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, has weighed in on yet another ‘obstruction’ that he believes can be remediated through his simplistic prism. This time it is that pesky perennial problem of those darned endangered species, or . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Tim Speaketh Again

Politics and its Discontents: An Insane Country, Or An Insane Government?

Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. By that standard, we can perhaps infer that Canada is insane.

As we are reminded in a very interesting column by Thomas Walkom in this morning’s Star, Canada has a long history of staking . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: An Insane Country, Or An Insane Government?

Politics and its Discontents: Wherever We Go, Our Presence Is Felt

Well. I’m back from hiatus, but too tired to post anything of my own, so I leave you with this video I just came across. Unfortunately, ‘enjoy’ is not the correct verb to use in relation to its sobering reminder of our depredations:

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NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Animated Version Of Franke James’ Visual Essay "What’s Harper Afraid Of?"

Enjoy the video and watch Franke James artfully connect the dots.

What is Harper Afraid Of? from Franke James on Vimeo.

After you’ve watched this remember that there are real “radicals” involving themselves in Canada’s politics and they are not any of the environmental charities that the Harper government is spending $8 . . . → Read More: NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Animated Version Of Franke James’ Visual Essay "What’s Harper Afraid Of?"

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Animated Version Of Franke James’ Visual Essay “What’s Harper Afraid Of?”

Enjoy the video and watch Franke James artfully connect the dots. What is Harper Afraid Of? from Franke James on Vimeo.After you’ve watched this remember that there are real “radicals” involving themselves in Canada’s politics and they are not any of… . . . → Read More: NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Animated Version Of Franke James’ Visual Essay “What’s Harper Afraid Of?”