The Disaffected Lib: We’re All Neoliberals Now. Let’s Change That.

One thing that struck home during our extended election campaign was how our mainstream political parties have become deeply invested in neoliberalism. While it has several descriptions, reflective of its insidious vagueness, neoliberalism is the merger of political and economic ideology most often called “free market fundamentalism.” It is a sort of merger of political ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Why is the Hair laughing at the TV Networks?

Do you really think the Hair is going to debate any of his opponents in this fall’s election? Not if he can help it! It just is not in the Hair’s DNA. After three national elections with debates staged on the major television networks, you have got to understand how the Hair feels. He now ...

The Disaffected Lib: Will We Get It Right This Time? Do We Dare Get It Wrong?

David Cameron is adding his voice to the chorus warning that we’re nearing the brink of another global economic meltdown.  The British prime minister, whose failed austerity programmes have done so much to bring Britain low, penned a lament for The Guardian following the G20 summit. Cameron  generously pats himself on the back and proclaims that ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 few similarities with the Democrats in the United States, but in reality they have more ...

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 it would. The story of an incumbent winning an election by never ending his campaign and by first ...

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 country, Canada. What’s happened is increasing power to the prime minister, increasing power to the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, right? The election-that-never-was, when Iggy was all pumped up following a ...

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 government would have initiated the stimulus program (without wasting as much taxpayer’s money ...

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 – focused largely on personalities without a single major defining ...