By now, most Canadians are probably aware that truth and the Harper regime are total strangers. Whether talking about the cost estimates of F-35 jets, knowledge about the Wright-Duffy-Wallin Senate scandal, reasons for taking rides from military helicopters to return from the cottage, spending $50 million on gazebos, everything the government says is suspect. . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More Lies From Harper Inc.
I have always felt a deep, abiding respect and affection for people of integrity. During my career as an English teacher, I took special delight in teaching plays like Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Robert Bolt’s Man For All Seasons, which told sories of real-life people who made the ultimate sacrifice to stay true . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: They Still Walk Among Us
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
Many thanks to Accidental Deliberations for providing information on this Q&A with Allan Gregg, a good companion piece for his Assault On Reason article/speech. This Hill Times article on Gregg’s thesis is also worth perusal. Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Q&A With Allan Gregg
Recently I have been writing about the vital role critical thinking plays in a healthy democracy; this morning, after reading the letters section of The Star, I couldn’t help but think about one of the oldest and most frequently-used techniques to inhibit that process: repetition.
Repetition , a strategy frequently accompanied by . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: If You Say It Enough Times …
Yesterday I wrote a post on the important role education plays in the development of critical thinking skills, skills that are crucial for anyone who aspires to being something more than a puppet of government and corporate propaganda. Unfortunately, as I noted, current education reforms under consideration in Ontario will undermine the building . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Assault on Reason
May the Prime Minister and his party enablers wear this award with distinction!
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Last night I had a long telephone conversation with my good friend Dave, who lives in Winnipeg. Like me (and probably more so), Dave has a keenly developed sense of justice and fair play, and when those values are violated, he is outraged. Last evening, as he was telling me about the latest developments in . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On Corruption and Political Disengagement
The Indefensible Defense Minister, Peter MacKay, continues to insult the intelligence of all thinking Canadians. As one who has followed the F-35 jet issue somewhat closely for the past year, I am astounded by his latest contemptible ‘explanation‘ that he says proves there was no intention on the part of his government to mislead . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More Fabrications from MacKay