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Politics and its Discontents: The Choice Before Us

Chris Hedges explains:

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The Canadian Progressive: Broken Covenant: Blistering report on 9 years of Harper agenda

New eye-opening report by the chairperson of the Council of Canadians chronicles Harper’s 1984-style assault on Canada’s democratic institutions and values.

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Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s New Year’s Resolution?

Thanks to the Salamander for alerting me to this tweet from Stephen Lautens:

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Politics and its Discontents: Powerful Words From Cornell West

Although he is addressing an audience in NYC, Cornell West‘s words are equally applicable on this side of the border. They seem especially important given the Harper regime’s many efforts to tear down Canadian values and the obligations we have to one another as both citizens and human beings.

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The Canadian Progressive: New social movement assembly launches to take on the Harper agenda

Common Causes to hold solidarity actions across the country by Council of Canadians | Jan 24, 2013 On January 28, when Parliament resumes, the Harper agenda will face an unprecedented assembly of social movements uniting in Common Causes. The new people’s network is working with progressive partners, including Idle No More, to achieve a common . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: New social movement assembly launches to take on the Harper agenda

Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Attack On Canadian Values

As I have written elsewhere in this blog, for various reasons I have never believed that democratically elected governments are necessarily a reflection of the values or the will of the electorate. I have also written of my strong belief that governments do, however, have a potentially huge impact on the national ethos. By their . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Attack On Canadian Values

Politics and its Discontents: Patterns

Something that occurs just once is mere happenstance; twice is a coincidence, and three or more times is part of a pattern. – Anonymous

Being able to detect patterns, whether in the lab or in the crucible of political behaviour, requires time, intelligence, and access to extensive sources of information. Few of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Patterns

Politics and its Discontents: The Remaking of Canada in the Neo-Conservative Image

In the world of unfettered capitalism, everything has a price and nothing is sacred. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, the neocon knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing. I was reminded of that this morning as I read Christopher Hume’s latest column in the Star entitled The great public sell-off continues.

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