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
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!”)
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
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…
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
Who are your progressive super heroes? . . . → Read More: Excited Delirium: Alternet: 8 Progressive Superheroes
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
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
“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
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
Oh Stockwell, you never let us down do you? Whenever we doubt for a moment that the Conservative government makes all its decisions based on gut instinct, emotion and irrational fear you’re there to remind of the true Reform-Alliance-Conservative way of thinking, like protecting Canadians from the “alarming” amount of unreported crime. You have to [...] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Stockwell Gets Tough on Imaginary Crime
One of the primary objectives of this series of podcasts, Meet an Alberta Progressive, is to demonstrate that progressives are a diverse group of people with diverse backgrounds, but to help us all to think about where our commonalities might lie. Sp… . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan: Meet an Alberta Progressive: Sherry McKibben
“We’d be a lot better off if we had funding follow the patient” The comment hung in the air, a pinata, colorful, attention seeking, begging for a reaction. I figured I would have to swing at it, or at least give it a poke. I tapped the edge, “Hmmm, … . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan: Your Alberta Health Act: Opening Doors for Private Healthcare.
The Alberta Liberal party placed an advertisement Wednesday inviting other progressive parties to talk about opportunities for cooperation. I spent a great amount of time campaigning in 2004 in Edmonton Glenora when a high profile NDP candidate and a h… . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan: Meet an Alberta Progressive: Chima Nkemdirim