I have written about the virtues of critical thinking many times on this blog, and I have also frequently observed the difficulty of achieving it; without question, I regularly fall short of the ideal. One of the impediments to such thinking is the task of separating one’s biases from the process, or at the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Is it Critical Thinking Or Political Bias? – Part One
The other day I wrote a post about the resurrection of Bill C-377, the Harper backed private member’s bill that would wage war against unions in Canada. Toward the end of the post I made reference to Senator Don Plett’s arrogant dismissal of witness Paul Cavalluzzo during Senate hearings on the bill after the latter . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Contemptible, Arrogant Martinet
So what else is new? In today’s Star, Tim Harper tells a tale of the ongoing indefatigable contempt Canada’s putative prime minister has for unions.
Like another Conservative entity, C-377 refuses to remain dead. The bill, proposed by a private member, Russ Hiebert, who is actually a front for Harper and Merit Canada, was . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Harper War Against Unions Continues
Posted by MoS, the Disaffected Lib:
Pierre Backpfeifengesicht Poilievre has declared Conservative war on Canada’s “radical” unions and their electoral meddling. The Parliamentary Punk has sent out a letter asking for 5-dollar contributions to help the CPC fight back the union menace in the next general election.
Poilievre has singled out Sid Ryan and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Poilievre Declares War on "Radical Unions"
This one’s for you, young Tim.
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Yep. Certainly sounds like Harper’s got a resounding mandate for change:
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In addressing a recent convention of the AFL-CIO, outspoken U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, about whom I have posted several times, offered some stirring words. Although directed to an American audience, her sentiments are equally applicable here, given the anti-union and anti-people demagoguery and practices of Mr. Harper’s regime at the federal level and Tim Hudak’s . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Elizabeth Warren Speaks
Ninety-year-old Joy Taylor asks all of us to ‘be the voice’:
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I have to confess that my last few blog posts have felt singularly uninspired. I therefore yield to one of my favourite sources for perceptive analysis, the readers of The Toronto Star, who offer a panoply of thoughts on the dangerous anti-unionism trend evident in Canada at both the federal and provincial levels. . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Star Readers Respond To Anti-Unionism
Were I given to the Christmas flights of fancy that prompt people to compile impossible wish lists that usually include a desire for world peace, the end of disease, and the termination of world hunger, I would add one more: politicians who show respect, rather than contempt, for the intelligence of the people . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What I Really Want For Christmas…
In my favorite Shakespearian play, Hamlet, there is a scene wherein his erstwhile friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, explain that an acting company that used to enjoy great popularity has fallen on hard times. Thanks to a new craze in which troupes of child actors have become the rage, and “are most tyrannically clapped for”, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Unions After Bill C-377
That perhaps might have been the call in Michigan yesterday, as it joined 23 other states in enacting so called ‘right-to-work-legislation’ that ‘liberates’ workers from mandatory union membership and union dues.
Passed by a Republican-dominated House of Representatives, the new law was proudly proclaimed by Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger in the following terms:
. . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Workers of the World Unite- You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Union Shackles!
In its ongoing and odious servitude to a reactionary constituency, the Harper regime continues to use the heavy hand of government to target and harass those whose ideology differs from its own. I have already written several times about Bill C-377, … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: An Odious Servitude
In two recent posts, I discussed Bill C-377, a Harper-driven anti-union measure disguised as a private member’s bill. Introduced by Conservative MPP Russ Hiebert, it is designed to require full disclosure of all union expenditures, including monies a… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Unions Under Attack: A Star Reader Writes