Writings of J. Todd Ring: Election 2015 and Strategic Voting: Madness, or Practical Necessity?

An economic and political analysis of Canada, neoliberalism, and the world Get a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of wine, and settle in – this is not sound-bite commentary. We are going to dig deep. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson It pains me to ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Election 2015 and Strategic Voting: Madness, or Practical Necessity?

An economic and political analysis of Canada, neoliberalism, and the world Get a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of wine, and settle in – this is not sound-bite commentary. We are going to dig deep. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson It pains me to ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The Most Powerful Symbol You Will See This Election

I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind. John ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: One of the most Powerful Countries in the World Can no Longer be Trusted

There is a Public Relations firm operating in both the United States and Canada, Ketchum Inc., that has for the past several years, been working with Vladimir Putin, to sell Russian influence in the United States. They run an English language website, ThinkRussia.com and when tensions first began to rise in the Ukraine, postings included ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: US government shutdown, and other fairy tales and political theatre

I’m not sure what to make of the hoopla going on in the US right now. I’m inclined to think it’s all just political theatre, as Gerald Celente calls it, designed to distract the people from the real issues – the central one being, who controls the government and the nation? Wall Street, the big ...

Alberta Diary: Wicked Witch war of words: ‘Has Thatcher bashing crossed a line?’ Well, er… no!

The Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz. Below, Ezra Levant in an orange wig with a can of Orange Crush mocks Jack Layton’s funeral. RIP or give it a rest? Oh my – quelle horreur! – naughty Britons still appalled by the depredations visited upon their country by Margaret Thatcher’s government ...

Alberta Diary: Tom Flanagan, neoconservative spiritual leader, consigned to utter darkness

Conservative icon Tom Flanagan’s defining moment. Below: Dr. Flanagan in happier times; the six signatories of the Alberta separatist Firewall Manifesto; Richard Nixon saying goodbye during his 1952 Checkers speech. Unlike Dr. Flanagan’s likely career trajectory, Mr. Nixon came back.  Who could have predicted that yesterday would be the pope’s last day on the job? ...

An individual with opinions.: Ontario Progressive Conservatives embrace contradictions.

I was browsing through the Ontario Progressive Conservative ‘Party History’ page, and I noticed the amusing contradictions. Before that, let’s start with their more recent leader/Premier, pulled directly from their Party History page, (1995-2002) Premier Michael Harris “[His] achievements included welfare reform, health care restructuring, major reductions in public spending and more efficient government.”  I ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: When is Money Good Money?

Several years ago a story in the Readers Digest’s Life’s Like That, was a perfect anthem to the American Dream. The young man who had sent in the story, was attending business school, and in the summer worked at his father’s restaurant, a busy local eatery.  With his new found knowledge, he found himself frustrated with the ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: And So it Begins. Harper’s anti-Homosexual Agenda

Despite denying his anti-gay stance, Stephen Harper continues to remake Canada by stealth, nullifying thousands of same-sex marriages:This is only phase one.  They no doubt have already selected the “landmark” case by a right-wing fringe group, who will challenge the ruling by saying that it was descriminatory to their religious beliefs, showing favour to the beliefs ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Dog Whistle Politics and the Return of Old Dance Partners

 “Borrowed in part from the legacy of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, Canadian neo-conservatism owes much of it’s character to the right-wing populist tradition of the West. “Indeed, Canadians became exporters of neo-con innovation in the 1990s. ‘I would say Margaret Thatcher and Mr. [Preston] Manning are the two non-Americans we learned most from”, said ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Despite Evictions and Arrests, Occupy Wall Street Message is Getting Through

The actions of those in the Civil Rights Movement were not always supported by the majority of Americans, especially the violence.  But the messages presented at the sit-ins and marches did begin to resonate. However, what probably helped the movement the most, was the response of segregationists like George Wallace.   “In the name of the greatest people that ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Fusion or Confusion? Why I Think the Conservative Movement Will Self-Destruct

The Canadian Manifesto: How the American Neoconservatives Stole My Country I read an interesting paper by Mytheos Holt, a neoconservative intellectual, I suppose you’d call him; that discusses the fusion of right-wing groups, that currently make up the nucleus of the conservative movement. It was simpler in the beginning, because there were primarily just two: ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The NDP’s Trouncing in Saskatchewan Should be a Wake-Up Call

In the recent Saskatchewan provincial election, the NDP took a thrashing.  From the Huffington Post: The Saskatchewan NDP suffered one of the most crushing blows in the party’s history Monday night. The once dominant party was reduced from 20 to nine of the 58 seats in the legislature. NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter lost his own ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Rick Perry Steals Stockwell Day’s "Flat Tax" idea, who Stole it From the CTF, Who Stole it From ….

In 2006, Time magazine raised the alarm over Stephen Harper’s control of the media, which included his unprecedented secrecy of what goes on in cabinet meetings. However, if you want some idea of what they might sound like, watch the Republican debates and listen to their candidates. They all speak the same language. This week ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: It’s Not About Occupying Wall Street But How Best to "Occupy" Ourselves

In the 1960s, college and university campuses, known for their apathy, began to erupt into political activism. Rosa Parks, the black woman who refused to move to the back of the bus, inspired many to stand up, or perhaps more appropriately, “sit-in”, for racial equality. Her actions had sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and a ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Harper Stacks Judiciary For American Conservative Movement

Brian Abrams is a former Conservative candidate for Kingston and the Islands.  He had a pretty good showing in 2008, but lost to incumbent Peter Milliken.  After his defeat, the Conservatives launched an all out attack on this riding.  They saturated it with taxpayer funded ten percenters, warning Kingstonians that if we voted for Michael ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Grassroots at the Real Grassroots. What a Novel Idea

The Occupation of Wall Street protests are growing, and appear to have staying power. Without the corporate funding of the Tea Party, they started with just a small group and an idea. Taxpayers were forced to bail out Wall Street, and yet Wall Street now sits on a mountain of cash, refusing to bail them ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The CBC on the Chopping Block is No Surprise to Anyone

I came across this image for the CBC.  I think it was for an event that was sold out.  However, as soon as I saw it, I thought how appropriate. There is a bit of angst over the future of the CBC, with poor Stephen Harper losing sleep over the country’s finances. At least that’s the ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: First We Take New Jersey … Then On-tar-i-o! Tim Hudak’s New Theme Song?

Martin Regg Cohn had an excellent column in the Star on Monday: Hudak’s taking Ontarians for a ride. In it he questions the logistics of the Ontario Conservative’s Changebook Platform. I perused that and it reminded me of another questionable platform. That of Mike Harris’s Common Sense Revolution. For Ontarians with short memories or those ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The Canadian Manifesto: 3. Religion Goes Corporate

Rick Warren is considered to be one of the most important Evangelical leaders in the United States. He turned the small Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, with a congregation of barely 200, into one of the largest mega churches in the country. Not necessarily through inspiration, but with clever marketing. Not stopping there, he ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: How Canadians Forced the Republicans to Miss the Bus

The Neocons South of the border, are in a flap … again. Not satisfied with bringing their country to the brink of collapse with their silly posturing over raising the debt ceiling, they are now attacking Obama for riding in a bus. Maybe it’s just that he refuses to sit at the back. The Secret ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: When in Doubt, Blame the Poor

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has responded to the rioting in London over his budget, by blaming parents and kids who live in social housing. He promises to evict, and allow landlords to evict these “criminals” to teach them a lesson. Across the country, they are listening. Several councils – including Manchester, Wandsworth and Salford ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: A Neocon Barbeque Cooks up a Plate of Ignorance

If you are wondering what Stevie is up to this summer, besides bombing for oil, wonder no more. He’s cooking up neocon burgers, hold the lettuce, with his buddy Rob Ford. I hope their insurance covers having both those men at the same event. Talk about high risk. Harper is praising Ford for “cleaning up” ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: REAL Women, Promise Keepers and the Promotion of Violence

I Burned my Bra For This? REAL Women of Canada and the Men Behind Them It is a massive masculine shadow, in a hall or crowded room, lifting something indistinct up into the resonating night.ROBERT BLY, “FIFTY MALES SITTING TOGETHER” Robert Bly is an American author and poet who became the inspiration for the Mytho-poetic ...