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Politics and its Discontents: Score Another One For The Star

I rather like this, don’t you?

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Politics and its Discontents: And In Case You think Canada’s Fingers Are Clean…

Last evening I wrote a brief post about Edward Snowden, the brave young man who has made public the fact of extensive domestic surveillance in the United States that all its citizens should be concerned about, yes, even those whose reflexive response to such outrages is, “If you’ve got nothing to hide, why be . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: And In Case You think Canada’s Fingers Are Clean…

Politics and its Discontents: Cheques and Balances

I guess they really are the key to maintaining both fiscal and democratic health.

But to ensure such a salutary state, people need to get their ‘narratives’ straight. Perhaps they need some outside assistance?

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Politics and its Discontents: On The Politically Compliant

Woke up this morning thinking of our friends in the animal kingdom, and their affinity for their counterparts in Ottawa.

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Politics and its Discontents: The Imperiled Canadian Soul

Although it has been many years since I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I recall that it was a far more subtle and eerie depiction of vampiric activity than the generations of films that it spawned. The latter almost invariably portrayed Dracula as a charming yet unholy creature who pounced swiftly, gorily, and mercilessly upon . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Imperiled Canadian Soul

Politics and its Discontents: What Is Democracy?

The other day I wrote a post on the decline of democracy under the Harper regime. Included was reference to Bob Hepburn’s recent piece on the same subject. Although I am not quite as cynical as the letter-writer, Star reader Al Dunn of Kingston, in responding to Hepburn, expresses the view that democracy is, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What Is Democracy?

Politics and its Discontents: The Face of Integrity

With a transcript of the extended interview.

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Politics and its Discontents: The Good News: It’s a New Year – the Bad News: Expect More of the Same

Best wishes to everyone in 2013. I would like to express my hope that all will enjoy a prosperous 12 months ahead, but given both domestic and international realities, I know that will not be the case for many.

This, despite the self-congratulatory tone Stephen Harper frequently strikes when talking about how Canada . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Good News: It’s a New Year – the Bad News: Expect More of the Same

Politics and its Discontents: An Odious Servitude

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

Politics and its Discontents: More From Allan Gregg: In Defence of Reason

Pollster Allan Gregg, now spending much of his time offering critiques of the Harper regime and its dangerous demagogic inclinations, has written a followup to his talk “1984 in 2012: The Assault on Reason.”

Writing in today’s Star, he discusses public reaction to speech, which essentially went viral, and offers some thoughts on . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More From Allan Gregg: In Defence of Reason

Politics and its Discontents: You Know The Conservatives Are In Trouble When

….they start losing some of their biggest cheerleaders. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Continued Debasement of Democracy

For those with a naive trust in the ‘integrity’ of the Harper regime, I heartily recommend that you start educating yourselves about the machinations being orchestrated in Ottawa by our dark lord. Here and here would be two good places to start.

Otherwise, continue to bury your head in the sand while our country’s proud . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Continued Debasement of Democracy