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The Disaffected Lib: While We’re Focused on Chemical Warfare

It’s interesting how selective the United States can be about weapons of mass destruction given that the U.S. continues to be responsible for widespread death and destruction from its own chemical and nuclear weapons.

The gas that Obama-Kerry are blaming on Assad appears to have killed somewhere between a few hundred and a thousand or more Syrians.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, the locals are left to live with the radiation hazard created by American depleted uranium (DU) shells and bullets.  D.U. is known to cause cancers, birth defects and stillbirths and D.U. contamination is believed to (Read more…)

The Liberal Scarf: Winners and losers in the LPC leadership race – besides the obvious winner

Was in Ottawa for the leadership reveal, and I’ve been meaning to write a blog reflecting on the race. First off, let me thank all the volunteers and party staff who worked during the weekend and throughout the race.

While the obvious winner was Justin Trudeau, and congratulations to his team are due, I thought I’d write about who I think are the more subtle winners and losers from both the weekend and the race as a whole. Presented in no particular order.

WINNERS

-George Takach

Takach wasn’t taken the most seriously at the start of the race, but

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The Liberal Scarf: Winners and losers in the LPC leadership race – besides the obvious winner

Was in Ottawa for the leadership reveal, and I’ve been meaning to write a blog reflecting on the race. First off, let me thank all the volunteers and party staff who worked during the weekend and throughout the race.

While the obvious winner was Justin Trudeau, and congratulations to his team are due, I thought I’d write about who I think are the more subtle winners and losers from both the weekend and the race as a whole. Presented in no particular order.

WINNERS

-George Takach

Takach wasn’t taken the most seriously at the start of the race, but

. . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Winners and losers in the LPC leadership race – besides the obvious winner

The Disaffected Lib: Chris Hedges Takes Down Intellectual America – Iggy’s On His List Too

To Chris Hedges, America’s intelligentsia are a pack of sell-outs who showed their true colours when they lined up to support George w. Bush’s war on Iraq.   And Hedges is naming names:

The war boosters, especially the “liberal hawks”—who included Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Al Franken and John Kerry, along with academics, writers and journalists such as  Bill Keller, Michael Ignatieff, Nicholas Kristof, David Remnick, Fareed Zakaria, Michael Walzer, Paul Berman,Thomas Friedman, George Packer, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Kanan Makiya and the late  Christopher Hitchens—did what they always have

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The Disaffected Lib: A Warning for Post-Mulroney Canada

The Conservative heavens aligned and brought us the magic of Thatcher, Reagan and Mulroney.   The Gang of Three then introduced us to the new era of free trade, outsourcing and the wonders of the new, “knowledge economy.”  In the new era we wouldn’t toil with our hands any more but with our minds and endless riches would befall us.

Like all conjuring tricks it seemed to work well enough, for a while, but not forever.

America’s manufacturing economy has been gutted, shelled out, lifted up and transported across the seas.   Easy money and impossibly low interest rates

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The Disaffected Lib: They Are Not Of Us

An interesting essay from George Monbiot today on the grooming of oligarchs and why, even though they govern in our name, they don’t rule on our behalf.   They rule as they were born and raised to rule.   An excerpt.

In the Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt explains that the nobles of pre-revolutionary France “did not regard themselves as representative of the nation, but as a separate ruling caste which might have much more in common with a foreign people of the same society and condition than with its compatriots”.

Last year the former Republican staffer Mike Lofgren wrote

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The Scott Ross: Republicans Are Like Liberals

Liberals had their leader defined by their opposition in 2006 and 2009. Republicans suffered the same fate in 2012 and Democrats are already attempting to define likely candidate Senator Marco Rubio (video below). Liberals like to think they share a f… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Republicans Are Like Liberals

The Scott Ross: Democrats Learn From Conservatives: Obama Like Harper, Romney Like Ignatieff

Many progressives are elated that Obama won last night, they should thank Stephen Harper. For though many Canadians were happily surprised that Obama’s re-election strategy worked, there was really little doubt, as Stephen Harper had already proved i… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Democrats Learn From Conservatives: Obama Like Harper, Romney Like Ignatieff

The Disaffected Lib: Iggy Comes Clean, Redeems Self – a Bit

Michael Ignatieff has a warning – parliamentary democracy is in big trouble and may fall victim to today’s authoritarian prime ministers.“I think something really bad has happened to parliamentary democracies all over the world — not just in my co… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Iggy Comes Clean, Redeems Self – a Bit

Impolitical: Ignatieff is right

In this excerpt in particular as highlighted by John Ibbitson earlier Wednesday, I agree with Ignatieff: When you think of your opponent across the aisle as an adversary, “you reject arguments, not persons; question premises, not identities; interrogate interests, not loyalties,” Mr. Ignatieff said.

But when politicians look upon each other as enemies, “legislatures replace relevance with pure partisanship. Party discipline rules supreme, fraternization is frowned upon, negotiation and compromise are rarely practised, and debate within the chamber becomes as venomously personal as it is politically meaningless.”

Well said. And I don’t think his comments apply solely to Conservatives either.

CuriosityCat: Sound familiar? Ignatieff & Obama and their election platforms

Planless Obama & Ignatieff

Having singlehandedly wiped out nine months of campaigning by blowing the first debate, President Obama has now finally released his plan for his next  term: Obama’s Chicago-based brain trust had intended to highlight four years of “solid, steady progress” in the final days of the race, several Democrats told POLITICO, with a healthy dose of hammering Romney — a strategy that had given Obama a lead going into that fateful first debate.

Instead, the pressure is now on Obama to prove himself — and oh so late in the game. That led his campaign on . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Sound familiar? Ignatieff & Obama and their election platforms

The Scott Ross: The Not So Leblanc Slate

Leadership races are often an opportunity for a political party to start over with a blank slate, Liberals might not get that chance if a slightly hypocritical Dominic Leblanc gets his way.

Liberal MP Dominic Leblanc is discouraging anyone from running for leadership who only seeks to raise their profile and that members who lost their elections shouldn’t run either. Now he may be right, but he is absolutely the wrong guy to say it.

Today Dominic Leblanc is speaking against others using the Liberal leadership race to raise their profiles, but in 2008 he himself used the leadership contest

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The Disaffected Lib: Iggy, STFU. You Buggered Up the Liberals, Don’t Bugger Up Canada.

The Liberal Party’s celestial fuckup, Michael Ignatieff is at it again.  Not content with consigning the once great Liberal Party to a rump, he’s now stirring up Quebec separatism.

In an interview on BBC Scotland, His Igness opined that a victory by Scottish nationalists in their 2014 referendum will ignite separatist renewal in Quebec.

“He also said Quebec and the rest of Canada have little to say to each other and that the two are already “almost” separate countries.Ignatieff told BBC Scotland that devolution of central powers, whether from London to Edinburgh or from Ottawa to Quebec City,

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The Scott Ross: Ignatieff’s Liberals & Romney’s Republicans

The comparison between Canadian politics and American politics has been made more than once, the similarity of Liberal and Republican dominance in their respective countries during the last century is the most obvious. But in recent years Liberals and Republicans seem to be sharing more and more in common, Michael Ignatieff and Mitt Romney are a testament to that.

Michael Ignatieff lost his first leadership run only to be the establishment’s candidate and inevitable leader in his second attempt. The same can be said for Mitt Romney.

Michael Ignatieff came from the more elitist part of his party and was

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The Scott Ross: Liberal Invisibility Is Liberal Non-Existence

Liberals like to pretend, and this is reinforced by public opinion, that the Liberal Party didn’t stand for anything in the last election and that’s why they lost. Liberal members and the public both say this, both acknowledge this, both perpetuate this, that the party led by Michael Ignatieff offered nothing on May 2nd 2011 and that is why it was reduced to a historic low in Parliament. Though the Liberal Party and the public share little in common, as recent polling indicates, they do share this, they’re both wrong.

For the public, it’s easy to understand why Canadians thought

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The Scott Ross: The Liberal Identity

The Liberal Party lost the last election not because they didn’t know what they stood for, but because they stopped looking.

After the last election many party officials, pundits and members of the public claimed the Liberals lost because they didn’t stand for anything, that Liberals didn’t even know who they were, and as these comments are reflected upon, one cannot help but be reminded that the Liberal’s identity problem is Canada’s as well.

Ever since confederation our politicians, our generals, our poets, and our artists, have all sought to define what it is to be Canadian. While some rest

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The Scott Ross: Sheila Copps Wants Another Ignatieff

The Scott Ross: Less Liberal, Less Canadian

In 2006 Howard Dean spoke at the Liberal Leadership convention. In 2008 many Liberal organizers went to the United States and worked for the Democrats. In that same year many Liberals attempted to draw similarities between Liberal Leadership candidate and longtime American resident Michael Ignatieff with Barack Obama. In 2009 Liberals began using the same database Democrats use. In 2012 two influential Democrats will speak at the Liberal Convention. In this same year more Liberal organizers and volunteers are planning to go South to participate in an American President’s re-election.

This is at the same time that Liberals are contemplating

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Do We Need More Proof That Harper Doubts Global Warming?

First we had the cuts to ozone monitoring that saw the shuttering of 17 ozone monitoring stations across Canada. The reason? Ozone apparently wasn’t a concern anymore (see Canada’s newest Ozone hole here). Then we had the sudden (and somewhat expected) cut of 700 jobs from environment Canada (which included Meteorologists, scientists, chemists and engineers). Now we have the [...]

Blunt Objects: Maybe We Should Have Gone in 2009

I’ve been thinking aloud recently about whether or not the Liberal Party would have been put into a better position post-election if said election was held during the fall of 2009, rather than the spring of 2011.You of course remember what that was, ri… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Maybe We Should Have Gone in 2009

CuriosityCat: Our Conservative Supreme Court, courtesy of Michael Ignatieff

If Michael Ignatieff had not allowed himself to be spooked by Harper’s fearmongering in early 2008, we would have had a chance to implement the Coalition Agreement between the NDP and the Liberal Party, and for the next 18 months a progressive governme… . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Our Conservative Supreme Court, courtesy of Michael Ignatieff

Progressive Proselytizing: After an election about personalities, not policies, we can and must do better

We have just witness an election which while historic in many ways was not one of any significance in terms of a discussion of actual issues or policies. The political choices of all four major leaders – and we the audience who responds to them – focus… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: After an election about personalities, not policies, we can and must do better

Progressive Proselytizing: The Liberal party needs to play a long game on leadership

After its crushing defeat on May 2nd, the Liberal party has some considerable soul searching to do. Not least among its problems is the task that has recently proved most difficult for them: choosing a leader. How it accomplishes this task will be of c… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: The Liberal party needs to play a long game on leadership

Pop The Stack: Hobbits for Electoral Reform

Dear Wise Races of the United Kingdom of Middle Earth,

Please forgive a humble Hobbit for bothering you but I just wanted to write about an urgent matter of democracy. Here in Hobbiton we have just had a Shire-wide election. Let’s just say that I’m fairly miffed about the results. In fact everyone I know if quite perplexed by the outcome. You see, we use an ancient method of voting, some say it came from Mordor itself, called First-Past-The-Post (FPTP). I know you are familiar with it as I am told it is the same system you use yourselves. It (Read more…)

Polygonic: A future Liberal Party may want to consider…

There’s a lot of personal tragedy in elections, and it couldn’t get any worse for Michael Ignatieff. He’s finally succumbed to wounds meted out by the most vile, relentless attack ad machinery Canada’s ever seen. Shamefully, a huge hunk of the electorate swallowed it all hook, line and sinker – so much for our compassionate [...] . . . → Read More: Polygonic: A future Liberal Party may want to consider…