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Politics and its Discontents: The Digital Life

The Disaffected Lib recently wrote a post expressing ambivalence about the ubiquitous role that technology plays in our lives. It is an ambivalence I think many of us, especially those of an older generation raised on typwriters, print and analogue television, feel. On the one hand it has been an undeniable benefit, connecting us . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Digital Life

Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy – Part 2

What is one of the chief effects of the Harper regime’s preference for an ideologically-based policy model over one premised on logic, facts and empirical evidence, as explored in my earlier post? The decline, perhaps even the demise, of a healthy democracy in which citizens are engaged and informed participants, thereby allowing an . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy – Part 2

Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy – Part 2

What is one of the chief effects of the Harper regime’s preference for an ideologically-based policy model over one premised on logic, facts and empirical evidence, as explored in my earlier post? The decline, perhaps even the demise, of a healthy democracy in which citizens are engaged and informed participants, thereby allowing an . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy – Part 2

Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy

Cause and effect. Sometimes the relationship is obvious, as in, for example, a cigarette left smoldering on a couch and the subsequent conflagration that destroys a house. Other times, to see the relationship requires some digging, some thinking, some connecting of the dots. To its shame the Harper regime, as retrograde and benighted . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy

Politics and its Discontents: More From Allan Gregg: In Defence of Reason

Pollster Allan Gregg, now spending much of his time offering critiques of the Harper regime and its dangerous demagogic inclinations, has written a followup to his talk “1984 in 2012: The Assault on Reason.”

Writing in today’s Star, he discusses public reaction to speech, which essentially went viral, and offers some thoughts on . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More From Allan Gregg: In Defence of Reason

Politics and its Discontents: A Q&A With Allan Gregg

Many thanks to Accidental Deliberations for providing information on this Q&A with Allan Gregg, a good companion piece for his Assault On Reason article/speech. This Hill Times article on Gregg’s thesis is also worth perusal. Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Q&A With Allan Gregg

Politics and its Discontents: The Assault on Reason

Yesterday I wrote a post on the important role education plays in the development of critical thinking skills, skills that are crucial for anyone who aspires to being something more than a puppet of government and corporate propaganda. Unfortunately, as I noted, current education reforms under consideration in Ontario will undermine the building . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Assault on Reason