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 . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Creeping Militarization of Canada
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 . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Mysterious Conscription Story
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 . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Why are Americans so frightened?
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…
. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On gleeful destruction
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 . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Harper, Militarism and the New Toonie
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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Canada’s Militarized Foreign Policy
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.”
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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 . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Our 150th birthday bash … all about war
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 . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Neo-militarism shows up on Alberta license plates
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 . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The military-industrial complex comes to Canada
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 . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Fearing Kate MacEachern: The Latest Canadian Military Blunder
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 . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadian warships should get out of the Middle East: Peace activist
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. . . . → Read More: 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.
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… . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Politics and Entertainment 2012-11-28 14:40:00
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 ba… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: It All Sounds Good Until They Shoot Back
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 . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: U.S. military is the single biggest oil user in the world.
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 . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Canada’s military: soldiers or psychopaths?
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 . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links
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 . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Anti-American or anti-American empire?
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 . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: My Canada Does Not Include Militarizing Canada Day
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 . . . → Read More: On “fascism” in the U.S.
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. – Sp… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links
We have fairly suddenly become a nation of Hawks. War is good and it is necessary. Wave the flag mightily. Buy the best of the best for the troops. Support the troops, dammit! Our identity as brokers of peace and the keepers of peace is perhaps forever gone. Behold the new Canadian militarism. It’s everywhere. Hardly […] . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Canada’s military… is Sweden next???