It always astounds me that more people are not interested in politics. Far too many dismiss it as an arcane pursuit that has no relevance in their lives, apparently confusing the recondite measures involved in the development of public policy with the human dynamics at the heart of pursuing and maintaining power. Greed, duplicity, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Fascination Of Politics
The other day I wrote a post on John Cruickshank’s TED Talk about the low level of political participation among young citizens. His thesis was that as a society, we are losing our news-reading and news-watching habits thanks to the myriad options offered by our current technologies. Asserting that news reading is a skill, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On Encouraging Political Participation
Then where would the Harperites be?
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Each year, George Carlin’s acerbic commentary and observations become more and more relevant.
If we don’t want a repeat of what happened last time, then it’s up to us to educate those who wilfully or otherwise do not know that Harper & the CONservatives have sold us out.
H/t Politicked – Stop The Harpocrisy . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Gone, But Never Forgotten
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I heard Brand’s interview late last week, and I’ve been stewing on it ever since. On a lot of topics, I have to say that I agree with Brand’s frustration. The existing power structures are not healthy – in fact I would argue that they have been subverted by a series of forces and . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Russell Brand’s Interview
Words to live by from our friends at Occupy Canada:
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Samara — a non-partisan group focused on involving more people into the political process — has nominated yours truly for its Everyday Political Citizen Project. As a young man of 22 years who has been involved in all three levels of politics as a volunteer, writing this blog for the last four years, and someone . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: So I’ve Been Nominated –
I am sure that like me, many despair over the state of democracy in Canada. Not only is it under continuous assault by a federal government that has repeatedly and consistently shown its contempt for the concept, but it also suffers from widespread citizen disengagement.
Probably the two are inextricably connected.
In . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Looking for Democracy
Thanks to LeDaro’s link, I was able to catch up on the At Issues panel that I missed on Thursday night. While the discussion revolved largely around the F-35 debacle, the point I found most discouraging was the statistic that only 30-35% of Canadians follow politics at all. It is a shockingly low number for . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Cost of Political Disengagement