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The Scott Ross: Time Will Merge What Liberals & NDPers Can’t

Up upon an isolated mountain top, in a dark and long forgotten manor, underneath thunderous clouds, a large titanic body of gears and motors emblazoned in red stands motionless. The large lifeless liberal leviathan, composed of parts gathered from across the land and across time is all but complete except for a spark, that force of life that is not of the physical world but of the ideal one. 

The physical body, the shell that is this hulking machine would have its motors whir, its cylinders fire, and its eyes open, if just the bright orange lightening was to

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Excited Delirium: If Davos Isn’t About Capitalism, What’s Stephen Harper All About?

Stephen Harper vs raging grannies. This is what Conservatives and capitalism are all about? Bullies and braggarts?

Montreal Simon Has A Message…

AllTheShowin’UpThatFits ParticipatoryDemocracyVille …For Progressives. Which, based on the role that protest and pushback has played in recent events (eg. the flipping of Rob Ford’s budget cuts in Toronto; the delaying of the Keystone pipeline; the weakening of attempts to clampdown, bigtime, on internet freedom), is the following: …(W)hen progressives get off their asses, take to the streets, stage loud and noisy protests, and use the internet in clever and creative ways to bludgeon their opponents, we can leave the right-wingers looking like palookas, and wondering what hit them… _____ Has anyone else noticed how Simon is fast becoming a Gilliard to call our own? . . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon Has A Message…

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: All I want for Christmas is a paradigm shift #nlpoli

Here’s the difference between a province that is successfully tackling the challenge of labour shortages compared to one that is hopelessly adrift.

Saskatchewan is open to people from anywhere.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, meanwhile, the emphasis in every discussion seems to be on keeping local people in or figuring out – as with apprentices – in how to lure them back. 

Check that article from the Telegram – first in a series – and notice how face they turn to talking about a labour shortage. That’s really code for “there won’t be enough of ‘us’ to get the work.

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Progressive Proselytizing: Emphasizing neutrality with respect to the progressive/regressive spectrum

Deficit neutral bills are a stalwart tool of the savvy politician. They allow for the sidestepping of the often raucous and partisan debates about the size of government and the size of deficits. With deficit neutral bills, there is a sense to which the policy can be considered on its own merits and not as part of a never ending battle on these larger issues. For the most part, I think this is a good thing that allows for more effective implementation of good policy. It was imperative, for instance, that the introduction of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) in . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Emphasizing neutrality with respect to the progressive/regressive spectrum

Excited Delirium: Koch Konnections (aka “If They Can Do It, We Can Too!”)

If the Koch Brothers can do it, we can (and should) too! . . . → Read More: Excited Delirium: Koch Konnections (aka “If They Can Do It, We Can Too!”)

Death By Trolley: Atheists are Differently Religious – and No, Atheism is not the/a Religion

A main focus of this blog is to consider and compare different political and ethical philosophies so as to promote better understanding of one’s own worldview and those of others. I frequently focus on progressivism/liberalism and libertarian conservativism, arguing that these incompletely overlapping moral/political philosophies each have their own internal logic and validity, but that [...] . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Atheists are Differently Religious – and No, Atheism is not the/a Religion

Death By Trolley: The Obama Cult Apparently Still Has Some Members…

Over the past few weeks I have posted several articles critical of Barack Obama and his clear-cut progressive fakery. For a brief run-through of some of the things that Obama has done to earn the title of fauxprogressive, click here. I even went so far as to enter the first definition for fauxgressive on the [...] . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: The Obama Cult Apparently Still Has Some Members…

Exponential Book: Tough acts to follow

This week has marked the untimely departure of two charismatic leaders from the helm of two very different organizations. Canada’s New Democratic Party Jack Layton succumbed to cancer, shortly after leading its party last May to the best electora… . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Tough acts to follow

Death By Trolley: How much do you notice the politics of your fellow city dwellers?

How much does the political leanings of your fellow city dwellers leak into your day-to-day living experience? . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: How much do you notice the politics of your fellow city dwellers?

Death By Trolley: Help make “fauxgressive” a recognized word – and Obama its poster child

Last week I coined the term “fauxgressive” in reference to fake progressives. People like Barack Obama, who embrace a progressive image when it suits them, only to repeatedly jab their thumb into the eyes of progressives, ignore them and continually walk the corporatist walk. I assumed when I coined this term that I was unlikely [...] . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Help make “fauxgressive” a recognized word – and Obama its poster child

Death By Trolley: Talking to political adversaries: Tips on reaching across the aisle

Tips on talking to political adversaries. Moving past politics, partisanship and labels, recognizing corporatism masquerading as progressivism or conservatism, and going straight to the issues. . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Talking to political adversaries: Tips on reaching across the aisle

Canadian Progressive World: Canada’s Unenviable Royal RaceTo The Past

Where are Canadian progressives when you need them? Where were Canada’s anti-mornachists, pacifists and nationalists when Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government were planning to return Canada to its Royal yesterday? Defence… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Canada’s Unenviable Royal RaceTo The Past

Trashy's World: New link

More and more I find myself wandering over to Pushed to the Left and Loving It… so I thought I’d add a link to the site in my sidebar. Worth a read if you’re a like-minded progressive thinker. Share and Enjoy: Trash… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: New link

Death By Trolley: Why Obama and Democrats are Less Trustworthy than Bush and Republicans

Why a progressive blogger trusts Republicans more than Democrats and Obama to follow through on their commitments. . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Why Obama and Democrats are Less Trustworthy than Bush and Republicans

Death By Trolley: Is Obama a Fauxgressive – a Fake Progressive, or Simply a Non-Progressive?

Is Barack Obama a fake progressive (fauxgressive), or simply a non-progressive? . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Is Obama a Fauxgressive – a Fake Progressive, or Simply a Non-Progressive?

Excited Delirium: Harper’s Message vs Change and Hope

I know. It’s been nearly 2 months since the Canadian election and 40% of those who voted showed their contempt for Canada by electing a pack of crooks. I tried very hard to bury these painful thoughts about why so many people would fall for the… . . . → Read More: Excited Delirium: Harper’s Message vs Change and Hope

Excited Delirium: Canadian Progressive Media Alternatives

There are ample alternatives to the Huffington Post Canadian version, but you have to look. What would be really helpful is an aggregator of ALL of the progressive publications. Count me in if you want someone to help with the task. . . . → Read More: Excited Delirium: Canadian Progressive Media Alternatives

Exponential Book: Hi, I am Jack, and I am a recovering socialist

Canadian New Democratic Party (NDP) held in Vancouver its fiftieth national congress since its foundation. It is presently Canada’s official opposition in the House of Commons, and arguably one of strongest (nominally still) socialist political forma… . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Hi, I am Jack, and I am a recovering socialist

Leftist Jab: The Huffington Post Is Not A Sweatshop

The Huffington Post, which has recently launched its Canadian version, receives both praise and criticism from all sorts of people. The Right hates it because it’s progressive voice online. It serves as an aggregate news site that caters to progressive… . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: The Huffington Post Is Not A Sweatshop

Excited Delirium: Alternet: 8 Progressive Superheroes

Who are your progressive super heroes? . . . → Read More: Excited Delirium: Alternet: 8 Progressive Superheroes

Exponential Book: The face of a nation

This editorial cartoon, published on the Canadian National Post of May 18 2011, has prompted the Italian ambassador to Canada to write a letter to the newspaper, stating his displeasure over a satirical commentary that in his view is “gratuitousl… . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: The face of a nation

Exponential Book: Dissecting the 2011 vote

Having reaffirmed once again my inability at making accurate predictions, I am going to offer now my very personal reading of the results of the general election held in Canada early this week. I am, of course, no pundit or political scientist, merely … . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Dissecting the 2011 vote

Exponential Book: Another election prediction

“Good predictions are only made by luck” (anonymous… nah, it’s me) You would think that, given my ability at guessing the outcome of elections, I would have given up by now… Well, this time I think I am in good company, as… . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Another election prediction

Exponential Book: The mantra of flexibility

In the Italy where I grew up (in the 70s and 80s), most jobs were for life. Most workers, not just government or state ones but also those employed in the private sector, were hired permanently. They could not be let go without just cause, in turn almo… . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: The mantra of flexibility