It is a truism to state that the poor have little power to influence the political discussion. Those toiling away at minimum wage jobs, our silent serfs, for want of choice, are one of the invisible minorities (perhaps soon to be a majority?) seemingly easy to ignore.
This was baldly demonstrated last week when . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Once In A While Their Voice Is Heard
Glad that Ontario Premiere Kathleen Wynne has put to rest that ugly speculation that the province’s change in attitude toward a subway for Scarborough has nothing to do with the upcoming provincial byelections.
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While acknowledging that Ontario politics is likely of little interest to those living outside the province, I think there is much wisdom in former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill’s observation that “All politics is local.” If it affects a constituent ‘where he or she lives,’ either in the physical or the mental/philosophical . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Thoughts From An Ontario Perspective – UPDATED
The other day, in my post on political leadership, I chose Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as the figure to contrast what I consider to be the much more mature and thoughtful approach of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. My exclusion of the more obvious figure of comparison, Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, was intentional, given . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More Reflections on Leadership
Inveterate cynic that I am, I have long believed that most politicians see us, to borrow a phrase that I think originated in The Depression, as ‘easy marks,’ people who are especially susceptible to manipulation and victimization. The fact is that as a species we are a mass of contradictions, at times incredibly weak . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Reflections on Political Leadership