The Canadian Progressive: How the everyday use of militaristic jargon makes us more combative

The language of warfare and violence dominates public discourse in the United States and around the world, even when war isn’t part of the conversation. Nan Levinson, a writer, teacher, and journalist covering civil and human rights, culture, and the military, discusses how the normalization of militaristic jargon is making us more combative and less ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Creeping Militarization of Canada

In my last post I showed you yet another example of how Stephen Harper is trying to militarize our culture.By having such gentle and iconic Canadian traditions like the RCMP Musical Ride, compete in the same arena with a sinister SWAT show… Complete with armoured cars, explosions, and even a prisoner to carry off in handcuffs.And yesterday's Canada ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Mysterious Conscription Story

Golly. I see my post about the Stephen Harper and that mysterious conscription story has caused quite a commotion on the internet.With many people wanting to know more, and others claiming it's a hoax, or as I suggested it might be, an April Fool's joke gone horribly wrong.And since I don't expect CBC management or ...

Bill Longstaff: Why are Americans so frightened?

If you were asked what the American people’s top policy priority was, what would you answer? The economy perhaps? Immigration? Global warming? You would be wrong. According to the Pew Research Center, Americans’ top policy concern is terrorism, with 76 per cent ranking it as a top priority, just edging out the economy. Why, one ...

Accidental Deliberations: On gleeful destruction

Others have pointed out Stephen Harper’s remarkably joyful mood at the prospect of getting into another Iraq war. But lest we let the moment pass without some photographic and Photoshop memory, I’ll offer up the following…

Politics, Re-Spun: Harper, Militarism and the New Toonie

Harper continues to ignore, demean and disrespect soldiers while once again sending them into one of his neo-conservative “wars,” which is good for a PM heading into an election, needing to solidifying his base that loves him to kill the evildoers. But his long-term plan to militarize Canadian culture [Winnipeg Jets logo,  honouring military at ...

The Disaffected Lib: Canada’s Militarized Foreign Policy

Perhaps the ultimate legacy of the Bush/Cheney regime was the militarization of America’s foreign policy by which the use or threat of military force came to displace diplomacy as the principle instrument of foreign policy.  That Canada should succumb to this same contagion is as lamentable as it is inevitable in the era of neoliberalism. ...

Accidental Deliberations: A friendly reminder from your military-industrial overlords

Money to extend and improve the lives of Canadian citizens is never available, and the need for funding precludes any discussion of the benefits of investing in people. But money for war is free and unlimited, and the need for funding is not to be discussed as part of any debate as to our military ...

The Canadian Progressive: People’s Climate March: Economic resistance went mainstream

Kate Aronoff, a freelance journalist based in Philadelphia, argues that the recent People’s Climate March and Flood Wall Street protests made climate change “impossible for even the most mainstream of media to ignore.” The post People’s Climate March: Economic resistance went mainstream appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Bill Longstaff: Our 150th birthday bash … all about war

If there was any remaining doubt that the Conservative government has a militaristic view of history, check out Canada 150, the website for Canada’s 150th anniversary. Note that the only subject with its own heading is “World War Commemorations.” Then click on the “Road to 2017” and peruse the milestones. You will discover that out ...

Bill Longstaff: Neo-militarism shows up on Alberta license plates

The neo-militarism seeping out of Ottawa seems to be infecting Alberta. The province has announced it is unveiling a new license plate which will bear the “Support our Troops” slogan along with the symbolic yellow ribbon. The plates will complement the current veterans’ plates which bear a red poppy. Offering two plates honouring soldiers is ...

Bill Longstaff: The military-industrial complex comes to Canada

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. Over half a century has passed since U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, in his farewell address, warned his fellow Americans against the threat posed by the “meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Fearing Kate MacEachern: The Latest Canadian Military Blunder

Kate MacEachern and helping others: not on the DND agenda, yet. Canada’s continued neglect and abuse of our military personnel and veterans continues to enrage me. An epidemic of untreated PTSD has become a new normal. And until citizens compel the government to take responsibility for this neglect–and fix it–they will continue trying to get ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian warships should get out of the Middle East: Peace activist

by Guest Blogger | Jan 25, 2013: Halifax – A local peace activist is denouncing the deployment of the HMCS Toronto on Monday. The Canadian frigate left the Halifax port for a 6-month deployment to the Persian Gulf. “There should be no Canadian warships in the Middle East,” says Tamara Lorincz, a member of the Halifax Peace ...

Politics and Entertainment: The Unintended Consequences of Military Intervention:

The Roots of Mali and Algeria Crisis in Libya. And let’s not forget Canada’s gung-ho involvement in Libya – which might partially explain the interest in Mali now. what was unleashed in Libya is coming home to roost.

Politics and Entertainment: The Unintended Consequences of Military Intervention:

The Roots of Mali and Algeria Crisis in Libya. And let’s not forget Canada’s gung-ho involvement in Libya – which might partially explain the interest in Mali now. what was unleashed in Libya is coming home to roost.

Politics and Entertainment: Politics and Entertainment 2012-11-28 14:40:00

Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety [Book Trailer] (by BTLbooks) And you thought things were a bit frightening in Canada. Take a good look if you really want to be traumatized with fear as we continue our descent into a potentially full-fledged fascist regime – we already have corporatocracy – with skilfully tempered support for one of its essential institutions, the military. ...

The Disaffected Lib: It All Sounds Good Until They Shoot Back

It’s no accident that our fondness for resorting to military violence is inversely proportional to the risk that our target might inflict the same violence on us.   Put another way, we’re all for whacking people so long as they can’t whack back. How fond would Benny Netanyahu be of targeted assassinations if Hamas had the ...

Politics and Entertainment: U.S. military is the single biggest oil user in the world.

 U.S. military is the single biggest oil user in the world. As both Obama and Romney continue to support this inherent institution of violence, reducing the use of fossil fuel and thus global warming would seem a moot prospect indeed. A focused political push against military spending is obviously required but is not likely to ...

Paul S. Graham: Canada’s military: soldiers or psychopaths?

Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Walt Natynczyk Photo: Jake Wright, The Canadian Press This interview with Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff says more about the psychopathology of militarism than I would have believed could be found in a daily newspaper. Read along with me and ask yourself what kind of madness are we allowing ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your Saturday. – Susan Delacourt’s mention of “likeonomics” as a branding strategy offers an interesting reference point for Canadian politics (particularly since our political scene has been radically reshaped by one obvious example of it in the 2011 election). But I’m not sure there’s much new in the Cons’ division of ...

Bill Longstaff: Anti-American or anti-American empire?

Americans are a militaristic people. That, I suspect, is why President Obama made praise of the military a major theme in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. He began his speech by praising the military and he ended by praising the military. And in between he practically boasted about murdering Osama bin Laden ...

Politics, Re-Spun: My Canada Does Not Include Militarizing Canada Day

I have a great deal of respect for Canadian Forces personnel. I have generally disagreed with virtually every one of their foreign deployments in my lifetime, but that is a criticism I make of our political leaders who order our forces to go here and there. I support our troops by encouraging the government not ...

On “fascism” in the U.S.

Paul Street on why the U.S. is not a “fascist” state: Even if real historical fascism could be translated across times and place to the modern U.S. it would be largely redundant for America’s powers that be. The American elite already gets the basic regressive and authoritarian outcomes of fascism – increased exploitation and division ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Canada’s Prime Minister is openly advocating for the use of soldiers over mere books or arguments as a means of persuasion. Which of course means it’s time to start making jokes about Thomas Mulcair. – Speaking of whom, Mulcair’s much-discussed comments also include one point which should speak ...