Who better to serve as labour secretary than someone steeped in the idea of minimum wage politics?
Now please give a big, Donald Trump welcome to Andrew Puzder, fast food empresario and CEO of the company that owns the Hardee’s and Carl Jr.’s burger chains.
Puzder, who served as an economic adviser to Trump . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Cap’n "Tip Jar Subsistence" for Trump’s Labour Secretary
Sheesh, didn’t this guy get the memo from our first post-national prime minister, Justin the Liberated? I refer to Michael Doucet, executive director of Canada’s Security Intelligence Review Committee, the outfit that oversees our country’s spy apparatus and operations. Doucet questions whether Donald Trump’s espoused support for torture means Canada should rein in the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Relax. We’re a "Post-National State" Now. We Have No Core Values.
The interval since the US election on November 8th has brought us multiple examples of the buffoonery of America’s president-elect. From the angry tweets about SNL to how he may or may not structure his business affairs to his phone call to the Taiwanese president that has China in an uproar, the Trumpster has come . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: He’s Wrong. He Has to Be Wrong. Tell Me He’s Got It Wrong.
You know who we haven't talked about for a while?
Not Paulie. We talk about him a lot.
No, we're referring to Kevin Goudreau this time or, as we've taken to calling him, the Goudreau.
We've profiled the Goudreau and his misadventures for years on the blog. Mostly because he amuses us, though we don't . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Kevin Goudreau Arrested for Assault
The German people have not forgotten their past and president-elect Donald J. Trump has them revisiting those painful memories of a darker time.
An article in Der Spiegel asks “How Much Mussolini Is There in Donald Trump?” The writer reviews a number of fascism checklists and the results aren’t promising for American democracy. He concludes . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Trump Has Germans Thinking a Lot About Democracy
Neoliberalism has been the default operating system of western governments, Canada included, since it was ushered in during the Thatcher/Reagan/Mulroney era.
Justin Trudeau is a neoliberal as were his predecessors over the last three decades. Canada remains in the clutches of neoliberalism and no one, no leader, no party is putting forward an alternative . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Monbiot Tackles Neoliberalism’s Death Grip on the West
I really shouldn’t be surprised that even the much beloved Humans of New York decided it was Trump supporters who needed to be humanized in the wake of at least ~700 hate crimes committed in the past 3 days targeting almost entirely minorities.
Okay, so, I have some thoughts.
Commentators rushed forth to . . . → Read More: Against the Grain: The Vultures of False Equivalency Descend
Donald Trump and Viktor Orban – could this be America’s next presidential bromance?
Hungary’s prime minister said he’ll no longer be considered a “black sheep” in the eyes of the US after speaking with Donald Trump, who has invited him to visit Washington.
In a phone conversation, the president-elect “made it clear he thinks . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Birds of a Feather
For the first time, we find ourselves not as a reflection of another power. Our politics is not a derivation of Westminster or Washington anymore. Our politics is specific to us, not a derivation from a distant metropolis. — “Canada in the Age of Donald Trump” — Stephen Marche, The Walrus
Hello Prime Minister Trudeau, . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Don’t Throw Away Our Shot
Takes you back, doesn’t it? Back to the days of Richard Milhous “Tricky Dicky” Nixon. It came up in the Frost-Nixon interviews.
Flash forward to 2016. Now we have the Giant Orange Turd channeling the worst of Nixon.
At a Tuesday lunch with the New York Times, President-elect Donald Trump said several things. He . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: When the President Does It, That Means It Is Not Illegal.
Harvard prof and Foreign Policy columnist, Steven Walt, has a thoughtful essay, “10 Ways to Tell if Your President is a Dictator.“
My fears about Trump’s foreign policy have always been two-fold: that he might pursue a more sensible grand strategy but do it incompetently, thereby weakening America’s international position, or that he will eventually get . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The A, B, C’s of Dictatorship
Writing in Foreign Policy, Max Boot argues that “Trump’s ‘America First’ Is the Twilight of American Exceptionalism.”
Boot’s essay begins with an extensive catalogue of the similarities between Obama’s policies and what Trump will likely deliver. He finds Obama a latter day Jefferson and sees in Trump a 21st century Jacksonian. For those not . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: When the "Indispensible Nation" Becomes Expendable.
The last line came with a jolt unexpected from a Guardian article:
At the risk of losing objectiveness but keeping candor, we are fucked. That from John Abraham, a professor of thermal sciences and a very busy climate monitor.
I admit that after Trump’s election victory, I secretly hoped and even though that his . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Question of Time We Don’t Have
I’ve been thinking a lot about the questions of what it means to vote for Trump and who the Trump supporters are. I’ve seen lots of posts about how Trump won because he spoke to the working class, and the working class wants change and human dignity. There are some who say that making this . . . → Read More: politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: responding to those who voted for Trump
AmeriKa’s president, Donald Trump, will not be the leader of the free world. He will, however, be the leader of the global right wing. Across Europe, the radical right is embracing the next US leader as one of their own. Donald Trump validates their ugly bigotry, racism and xenophobia. He is one of them. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: How the Leader of the Free World Became the Leader of the Global Right Wing.
Think of him as the guy who will toss the red meat to the Gullibillies. Steve Bannon, Trump’s lead strategist designate and former Breitbart chief, has a lot of people very, very nervous.
Vice News calls Bannon a right-wing Rottweiler. The Bannon/Breitbart juggernaut has inroads to the radical right across Europe and Israel, pretty much . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Steve Bannon – Every Demagogue Has One
Is Julian Assange getting an early Christmas present? A week after Donald Trump’s election victory and six years after Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, a Swedish prosecutor went to the British capital to visit Assange in the embassy.
Assange’s team said he agreed to the interview “in part to ensure . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: That Didn’t Take Long. Is This Assange’s Reward?
Yesterday we read Kinsella’s post about a white power, Alt.Right handbill posted in his neighbourhood. Today we have an account from CBC Ottawa of a woman, Anna Maranta, a rabbi no less, who awakened in the early hours of Tuesday morning to find a swastika and the word “kike” spray painted across the front . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Will Trump Embolden Bigots in Canada?
Donald Trump has promised to “make America great again.” That was his whole schtick and he rode it to an upset win over the odds-on favourite, Hillary Clinton.
Unfortunately Trump was feeding his Gullibillies a diet rich in horseshit. Now that they’re used to the taste he has to deliver. How to make America . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Stiglitz Throws Down the Gauntlet to America’s President-Elect
You might be shocked to hear this, but Donald J. Trump is not popular politically in Canada.
In fact, according to any poll he isn’t popular almost anywhere, including within the country he’ll now lead. Yet the man convincingly won an election through the Electoral College – the question is, of course, how?
The short . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects Blog: Trumpism in Canada, Part 1: Ontario
I was tuned in to CBC while the results were rolling in and shortly before Clinton’s campaign manager came onto the stage to send everyone home, Mark Critch (right hand side) popped up on the TV screen wearing this expression:
Screencap from CBC
There’s not much to laugh at regarding this election, but Critch . . . → Read More: Against the Grain: A few Canadian candids captured during the results of the US Election
I’ve been using the word “AmeriKa” to refer to Trumpland. Now it seems I might be infringing on somebody else’s intellectual property rights.
Kinsella found this handbill plastered on what appears to be a light post near his neighbourhood.
I was a bit surprised to see the URL for america.org. I was drawn to explore . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Let’s Not Be Under any Illusions. Alt.Right Lives and It Will Have a Voice in Trump’s White House.
George Monbiot traces the origins of neoliberalism and how to seized control of political and economic thought in the West eventually leading to the election of Donald Trump.
At a meeting a few months after Margaret Thatcher became leader of the Conservative party, one of her colleagues, or so the story goes, was explaining . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Neoliberal Racket
Washington, DC residents and folks who can get there, take note: There are some murmurings of a march on Trump’s inauguration in support of women’s rights, which the Republican platform is set to erode.
According to preliminary plans posted on Facebook, the march will take place on Saturday, January 21, the day after . . . → Read More: Against the Grain: Million-Woman March on Trump’s Inauguration
Thanks The Recovering Conservative for bringing this to my attention.