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Politics and its Discontents: Rick Repudiates Economic Action Plan Ads

Dishonest and manipulative, such taxpayer-funded government propaganda deservedly earns the scorn of Rick Mercer:

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Politics and its Discontents: Some Critical Thinking About The War Against ISIS

Contrary to what governments want their citizens to do, that is precisely what the following Star letter-writers are engaging in as they ask the right questions and point out what should be obvious about the war on ISIS terrorism:

Chantal Hébert overlooked the sanest voice in Parliament when she analyzed the stands of the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Critical Thinking About The War Against ISIS

Politics and its Discontents: Be Careful What You Wish For

Despite the polls currently showing majority support for Canada’s joining in the war against ISIS, the Prime Minister may find that its enthusiasm for such futile adventurism is short-lived. Perhaps, after the next election, Mr. Harper will find that he has some time for that long-deferred fishing trip?

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Politics and its Discontents: Penetrating The Fog Of War

Yesterday, in response to a picture I posted quoting Herman Goering on the ease with which people can be manipulated into war, Scotian, a frequent commentator, responded to the picture, offering his analysis of the Canadian reaction to ISIS. I offer you his comments, always insightful, for your consideration:

Sadly, I am forced to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Penetrating The Fog Of War

Politics and its Discontents: Sounds About Right To Me

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Politics and its Discontents: Massaging The Message: How A Republican Has Helped Israel Justify Its Invasion Of Gaza

The Independent reports on how an American Republican pollster and political strategist has helped Israel sell its recent invasion of Gaza, drawing upon a

playbook [that] is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion in America and Europe. Written by the expert Republican pollster and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Massaging The Message: How A Republican Has Helped Israel Justify Its Invasion Of Gaza

Politics and its Discontents: An Immutable Truth

This, from Howard Zinn:

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Politics and its Discontents: Oh I Can Think Of So Many Ways This Is Relevant

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Politics and its Discontents: Dennis Kucinich: US An ‘Orwellian State’

Some refreshing honesty from an American politician – well-worth watching:

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Politics and its Discontents: The War Crimes of Our Political Leaders

Recently I wrote a brief post directing readers to a story written by Chris Hedges. Hedge’s piece, entitled The Crucifixion of Tomas Young, conveyed the very sad story, one that has probably been lived out many times, of a young man, paralyzed in Iraq in 2004, who has made the decision to die by . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The War Crimes of Our Political Leaders

Politics and its Discontents: After Cutting Through The Sanctimonious Rhetoric

…it is apparent that, like most governments, the Harper regime has been quite content to recruit, exploit and ultimately abandon those who, in good faith, joined the armed forces to support a ‘muscular adventurism’ that has both tarnished and dimi… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: After Cutting Through The Sanctimonious Rhetoric

Politics and its Discontents: Is Oil Our Economic Salvation?

Interesting, isn’t it, that despite the propaganda coming out of both Alberta and the Prime Minister’s Office about oil being the economic engine and saviour of Canada, that our Western friends are finding themselves experiencing some economic malaise? Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Is Oil Our Economic Salvation?