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Accidental Deliberations: Support and illumination

David Moscrop laments the role of opinion polls in shaping political events – and there’s certainly reason for caution in presuming that immediate polls will have a lasting effect. But I’ll argue that at least as politics are now covered, polls in fact serve as an important check on the tendency of campaign coverage to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Support and illumination

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Andrew Jackson argues that contrary to the attempt of the Ecofiscal Commission to impose right-wing values like tax slashing and devolution on any action to deal with climate change, we in fact need the federal government to take a lead role: While it is sensible in the current . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On full information

Michael Harris’ latest is well worth a read in offering a guide to avoiding the worst consequences of election-year spin. But it’s worth noting that his most important advice is only presented as an afterthought: Final note on street-proofing your vote? Inform yourself. Look at what the people who want their power renewed have done with . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On full information

Accidental Deliberations: On alternate options

Following up on this week’s column, here’s a quick update on the planned voting processes in the Saskatchewan NDP leadership race.

Contrary to what I’d theorized, there apparently won’t be a paper-based system at convention itself. However, the same-day voting may be carried out either online or by telephone – meaning that if any issues . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On alternate options