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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: The backlash is on – surprise, surprise!

Bernie Sanders was effectively silenced and blacked out of the media, by and large, for a long time, until he became too popular and too prominent to ignore. Now, the only candidate who is not a Wall Street hireling, hack or shill, the only candidate w… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: The backlash is on – surprise, surprise!

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Revolution and Uniting the People: Bernie Sanders, Thomas Jefferson and FDR I would say that Bernie Sanders is not only a good candidate for US President, and beyond that, the only serious candidate for the people, since he is the only one who is not t… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Writings of J. Todd Ring 2016-01-12 17:52:26

The Canadian Progressive: Alberta more progressive than you think, survey finds

A new survey of Albertans’ political attitudes on current policy areas found that more Albertans self-identify as progressive than conservative. A majority of them (51%) believe that the province has gone progressive in the past year alone. The post A… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Alberta more progressive than you think, survey finds

Death By Trolley: Dude, where’s my progressivism?! Why I no longer identify as progressive.

For many years I self identified as a proud progressive. I identified as such because I believed in such things as secularism, universal healthcare, affordable education, various other social safety net programs, gay rights, gender and racial egalitarianism, I was pro-choice, etc. I didn’t always fall directly in line with mainstream progressive views, but I generally did. While my political self-description has changed, my values really haven’t.

I also thought that the progressive movement and the left generally was the main home of reason and openness in North American politics. Part of this was due to my own situation. (Read more…)

Death By Trolley: Dude, where’s my progressivism?! Why I no longer identify as progressive.

For many years I self identified as a proud progressive. I identified as such because I believed in such things as secularism, universal healthcare, affordable education, various other social safety net programs, gay rights, gender and racial egalitarianism, I was pro-choice, etc. I didn’t always fall directly in line with mainstream progressive views, but I generally did. While my political self-description has changed, my values really haven’t.

I also thought that the progressive movement and the left generally was the main home of reason and openness in North American politics. Part of this was due to my own situation. (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders? This man deserves to win – and he just might.

Bernie Sanders? This man deserves to win – and he just might. He should also read my book, Enlightened Democracy: Visions For A New Millennium. We’re very much on the same page, in most regards, except that I tend to contextualize things with a broader and longer term vision, and a more philosophical and historical context. […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders would win – if US elections weren’t controlled by big money….. But he just might win anyway, and he is well on his way

The Independent Senator from Vermont, and US Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, is riding a fast-growing wave of popular support across the United States. Sanders is getting ten times the turn-out for rallies as any other candidate, and the momentum continues to build. Bernie Sanders is getting higher turn-outs to rallies than the Republican candidates, even […]

Trashy's World: Progressive Bloggers

I would like to give a quick tip of the hat to Scott (of Scott’s Diatribes) and the others behind the scene who make the blog aggregator – Progressive Bloggers – plug along year after year… And now in its TENTH FREAKING YEAR!  Older than the Harperite nightmare, it is! Quite an accomplishment, indeed. For […]

Exponential Book: Don’t mix me with them!

In these two videos [1,2], prominent non-believers [1] Neil deGrasse Tyson and Sam Harris reject the denomination “atheist” as not only inaccurately portraying their views on the (non) existence of God, but also, according to them, of little content or use, and even potentially pernicious. The Oxford Dictionary defines Atheism as “Disbelief or lack of […]

Left Over: Coalition of Progressives: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/11/why-progressives-may-soon-be-forced-to.html

The usual desultory conversations have been making the media rounds regarding a Liberal/NDP coalition…yet the typical trivial fracas in Parliament seems to be vetoing the idea before it hits the ground..

Trudeau oversteps, Mulcair gets castigated for responding, the Cons snigger in the background as the rest of us seem to self-distruct, over and over again, a continual Groundhog Day of self-abuse that gets us nowhere..instead of planning for a successful run at the Cons next time around, our political choices seem bent on maintaining the status quo..

It would be great if this happened (Read more…)

Progressive Proselytizing: Income Splitting and Progressive Taxation

The motivation behind the idea of Income Splitting is quite reasonable. Namely, under the current scheme, two families with identical total income can be taxed at substantially different rates, depending on how that income is distributed between both parents. Given the fact that families do very often function as a singular economic unit dividing up total income among the family and not individual income, this makes little sense.  The problem is that in Harper’s attempt to fix this asymmetry – a problem probably worth addressing – further asymmetries were introduced. In particular, the bill is highly regressive. At the (Read more…)

Progressive Proselytizing: Government’s dominant role: redistributing wealth

The dominant effect of government on society is to redistribute wealth from the richer members of society to the poorer. One can support or oppose this idea, but as a simply descriptive point about what the effect of governments are, this is by far the dominant one. We live in a capitalist society that has a lot of forces which create inequality (which, again, one can support or oppose) and governments act as a partially countervailing measure, reducing the degree of inequality but hardly eliminating it.

There are two major sides: taxation and spending. From a taxation perspective the point (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Transcript: Julia Gillard Addresses The Broadbent Institute Progress Summit

Here’s the transcript of former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s keynote speech to the Broadbent Institute’s first annual Progress Summit, held March 28-30 in Ottawa.

The post Transcript: Julia Gillard Addresses The Broadbent Institute Progress Summit appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Left Over: Hey MacDougall, Try Google!

OPINION

Commenters snipe from sidelines, but the kids in short pants are all right It’s time to name and shame anonymous commenters who insult people working to improve Canada

By Andrew MacDougall, for CBC News Posted: Jun 13, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 13, 2014 5:00 AM ET

 

MacDougall, finish eating that big ol’ hunka steamin’ Ontario crow before you whine about anything else…and BTW, although I may use a nom de plume when commenting (don’t tweet, that’s for twits) or blogging, any time you want to find out who I am, just go to one of (Read more…)

The Scott Ross: Success Defeated Alison Redford

Alison Redford was defeated because her party is too successful. And there’s proof.

In politics there wouldn’t be many opportunities to test such a theory; to really know if it was the success of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives that caused Redford to resign. Luckily for this experiment there just happens to be a control group next door, it even comes with its own Alison Redford.

BC’s Christy Clark has a lot in common with Redford. Both were seen as outsiders. Both ran for leadership with little caucus support, each having only one other MLA supporting them. Both became leader of a (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: American and Canadian Politics – A brief comparison and lay of the land

Here is a rough translation of Canadian political culture for Americans and others who may be unfamiliar with the political landscape of the second largest country on earth, the holder of the largest oil and mineral resources on earth, the pantry to the American empire, one of the richest nations on the planet, and a member of […]

Yappa Ding Ding: Libertarians return to school

The Wall Street Journal published an article this week that, in line with its usual far-right stance, argued that a libertarian approach to education is far superior to the American system of hiring permanent, accredited teachers.

The article started with the premise, “South Korea’s students rank among the best in the world, and its top teachers can make a fortune. Can the US learn from this academic superpower?” The article focused on one South Korean teacher who makes $4M per year, and quoted him as saying, “The harder I work, the more I make… I like that.” In (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has a new website

by: Obert Madondo | @Obiemad:

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, arguably Canada’s leading progressive voice on public policy issues, has a new website.

What’s new?

This note from the communications team at CCPA:

Aside from a spiffy new look, we hope you’ll find the site easier to navigate, and more fully integrated with our blogs and social media channels. Rest assured that the website still has the same comprehensive research, publications and timely analysis that you have come to expect from the CCPA.

We also hope that you will check out the new CCPA site on your smartphone (Read more…)

The Scott Ross: Cold Conservatism & Canada Without A Jacket

Most Canadian kids don’t leave home without their mother telling them, “Don’t forget your jacket.” Always offering the reminder so her child doesn’t catch a cold. Canada may not have a mother looking out for us, at least on this continent, but Stephen Harper is a big boy and he should know better that in this cold global economic environment our country should be better insulated.

Protecting Canada from the worsening global economy would not mean staying home and reducing trade, it would mean the opposite, improving trade without being vulnerable to every cold breeze. In fact if Stephen

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The Scott Ross: Trust In Trudeau

Because Stephen Harper was a self-described “radical right-wing ideologue”, he was the only one who could make the conservatives more Liberal.

Because Barack Obama was so anti-war, he was the only one who could make the Democrats more pro-war than Republicans.

In both cases it was each man’s close association to a particular cause that gave him the credibility and therefore the power to fundamentally change it.

And it is because Justin Trudeau is perhaps the most identifiable Liberal that he, and he alone can make the party more conservative, and, as they aren’t mutually exclusive, more progressive. Trudeau has

Canadian Progressive: “Israel is demolishing hope”

Israel’s Haaretz newspaper is one of my favorite global publications. That’s because, on both domestic and global issues, it’s editorial policy is centre-left and refreshingly progressive. Haaretz is the place to go for an Israeli voice that’s against the apartheid-style occupation of Palestinian land and inhuman treatment of Arab citizens. Consider this title for an [...] . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: “Israel is demolishing hope”

The Scott Ross: Blandness Is Easy To Merge With Liberals, NDP, & Greens

Why should the Liberal Party, the NDP, and the Green Party merge? Because they are already united in blandness. If these parties were not bland, if they were not vague, or if they even had the slightest unique trait among them, merging would not be an… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Blandness Is Easy To Merge With Liberals, NDP, & Greens

The Scott Ross: David McGuinty Shows How Canada Is Changing Alberta

With Alberta’s rise, in population and wealth, its power is said to be growing, however seeing the reaction to Liberal MP David McGuinty’s recent comments it appears Ontario’s influence is thicker than even oil. For where Alberta is a province know… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: David McGuinty Shows How Canada Is Changing Alberta

The Scott Ross: Science Shows Progressives Aren’t Science-Based

Most progressives claim to be science-based, but in their opposition to Motion 312, science ironically proves they’re not.

Unless a party somewhere has Newton’s Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica as their platform, no political organization is science-based. If any Liberal or New Democrat wants to be part of an institution with a scientific foundation they should enrol in any one of our country’s fine post-secondary schools. Imposing the veneer of rational inquiry on a political organization is an insult to the neutrality and objectivity of science and an insult to the values and principles of ideologies that motivate us to change

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Canadian Progressive World: Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay Said Canada Should Bring Omar Khadr Home

Surely this has got to be the ultimate Tale of Two Nazanins. Better still, Of Denial And The Tale of Two Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKays.

The brand new wife of Conservative Defence Minister Peter MacKay is fuming. She accuses a journalist baiting her to criticize the Harper Government on the Omar Khadr issue.

She even says Jim Day, the Guardian journalist who penned the story in which she said the former Afghan combatant should be returned to Canada, distorted her views. He used duplicitous methods to elicit her comments, she claims. He interviewed her while she was Charlottetown to speak

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