Politics and its Discontents: Finding Vivian Maier: A Documentary Recommendation

I feel like taking a break from writing about politics today, so I will briefly turn to another of my favorite topics, documentaries, two posts about which I have written in the past. Like politics, documentaries at their best deal with nature – either the nature that we are part of, or human nature. Today’s ...

Politics and its Discontents: An Economist Who Opposes Austerity

Unfortunately, I did not have time to write the blog post I had in mind, but fortuitously a friend alerted me to this video, a discussion between TVO’s Steve Paikin and Mark Blyth, an author and Ivy League professor who discusses why the current austerity mania is a bad idea. Coupled with the fact that ...

Politics and its Discontents: An Economist Who Opposes Austerity – UPDATED

Unfortunately, I did not have time to write the blog post I had in mind, but fortuitously a friend alerted me to this video, a discussion between TVO’s Steve Paikin and Mark Blyth, an author and Ivy League professor who discusses why the current austerity mania is a bad idea. Coupled with the fact that ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Labour Day Reminder

On this Labour Day, as we reflect on the current dire situation facing many in the workforce, it might be useful to spend a little time with this video in which Allan Greg Gregg talks to journalist Chris Hedges about his book, The Death of the Liberal Class, which exams how the corporate class has ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Summing Up the Republicans

Good discussion about the current state of the GOP with respect to the primary race and hypothetical outcomes should a Republican become president, featuring David “Axis of Evil” Frum, New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait and National Review editor Kevin Williamson. Towards the end of the conversation, Paiken wheels out this priceless quote from Mike ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Nation Maker

Richard Gwyn talks about his new book Nation Maker, the second volume about the life and times of Sir. John A. Macdonald covering the period from Confederation until his death in 1891. Not that they likely give much thought to the matter, but I wonder how present-day “conservatives” regard Sir. John A. as a political ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Can OWS Get Traction in Canada?

Tony Keller, executive fellow at the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto (amongst other things), advances the sensible Canadian reaction to the OWS movement, arguing that many of the reforms protesters in the United States are calling for have already been realized in this country. I suppose one could quibble with some of the ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Debating the Debate

Not sure that anyone gives a toss, but here’s a panel of “experts” TVO rounded up to discuss who “won” and “lost” last night’s leadership debate. If nothing else, it’s always somewhat fascinating to witness how the impressions of people operating in these kinds of political “spin zones” are affected by their own predispositions and ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Ontario Election: Economic Realities

Another fascinating TVO discussion about the Ontario election, this time pivoting off some disparaging comments made several weeks ago by former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge in regards to political leadership with respect to prospects for the province’s economy… Dodge slammed all three Ontario political leaders. Each, he warned, is promoting “impossible” economic plans ...

the reeves report: TVO is taking election coverage to impressive new levels

The Agenda host Steve Paikin TVOntario has decided it won’t take voter apathy lying down. Not when Steve Paikin can do something about it. That’s why Ontario’s own TVO has ramped up its coverage of the 2011 provincial election to be the most comprehensive the network has ever attempted. Alongside Paikin’s nightly news show The ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Criminal Injustice

Conrad Black speaking earlier this month to Allan Gregg, just days before the putative Lord of Crossharbour headed back to a Florida prison to serve the remainder of his sentence for mail fraud and obstruction of justice. In the interview, Black shares what his daily life in prison was like, what he’ll do and where ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Paul Martin on the Economy

Some sober reflections on the present state of the global economy by the former Prime Minister. Not a lot of insight beyond the obvious, but Martin does provide some sound advice regarding the current sovereign debt crisis in Europe (that he correctly surmises would be politically untenable). As for the inevitable “what would you do ...