Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Frances Russell makes the case for mandatory voting as an antidote to vote suppression: At first glance, entrenched opposition to mandatory voting in all the English-speaking democracies – Australia excepted – is puzzling. Given all the obligations of citizenship in a democracy — paying taxes, serving on ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – The Star recognizes the danger facing anybody who tries to convince a Con MP to listen to constituents’ concerns – as the Cons don’t care enough to respond to specific appeals, but will be happy to use whatever information they can gather for future marketing purposes. – ...

"Smear Campaign" is the new "Foreign Special Interests and their Deep Pocket Puppets"

I love how Conservatives deflect accusations of wrong-doing with accusations of their own. Somehow I don’t think “smear campaign” is going to do it. I guess we’ll have to see how much damage the L. Ian MacDonalds and Keith Beardsleys can do with it. I wonder if Frank Luntz was involved in this bit of genius talking point ...

Long-time Conservative operative Keith Beardsley demonizes social media

Shorter Keith Beardsley: Social media is full of dirty fucking hippies who are not nice to Conservatives. You know what I find the most egregious about our Conservative-dominated media? It’s the pearl clutching of its older, more established journalists and op-ed political operatives when it comes to social media. Here’s a guy, one . . . ...

Long-time Conservative operative Keith Beardsley demonizes social media

Shorter Keith Beardsley: Social media is full of dirty fucking hippies who are not nice to Conservatives. The longer version: you know what I find the most egregious about our Conservative-dominated media? It’s the pearl clutching of its older, more established journalists and op-ed political operatives when it comes to social media. Here’s a guy, one ...