Years ago, in his book, The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy, Christopher Lasch foresaw the diverging interests of the corporate executive class and the shareholders they serve with the rest of America. In short, the rise of Information and Communications Technology made it possible to increaseContinue reading
Author: brian gibb
the disgruntled democrat: More Than Ever America Needs to be Coherent in Its Electoral Response
Well America, taking a look at the recent stats concerning wage growth or the lack thereof and the stunning drop in the net worth of the vast majority of Americans, I think that it goes without saying that you have been screwed royally. Between 2005 and 2010, the median wageContinue reading
the disgruntled democrat: With Upcoming Elections in Quebec, These Are My Choices. What Would You Do?
Democratically speaking, Canada is a third world country. Case in point, the upcoming general election in Quebec and my fairy tale constitutional right to effective representation and meaningful participation in the electoral process. In our crown-in-parliament political system, elections must be held before the end of a five-year term. ItContinue reading
the disgruntled democrat: The End of the University as We Know It?
The hallowed halls of learning are no longer the place they used to be, exclusive enclaves of learning that allowed those fortunate enough to attend to gain the skill sets and make the social contacts to climb the social hierarchy. In short, maintaining bricks and mortar institutions, tenured faculty, andContinue reading
the disgruntled democrat: Peace, Order, and Corrupt Government
Yesterday saw the convergence of two events: the 100th day of the student strike marked by a demonstration of more than 150,000 people in the streets of Montreal and the opening of public inquiry into the corruption of the construction industry and its links to the financing of political parties.Continue reading
the disgruntled democrat: Gutting Canada’s Environmental Laws Is Simply Part of Stephen’s Gubernaculum
To the one who wears the Crown goes the right to do what one wants when one sees fit. In the case when the Crown resides in Parliament, this right is transferred to the Monarch’s representative, the Prime Minister. Although the Prime Minister must abide by the laws of Parliament,Continue reading
the disgruntled democrat: The Revolution Won’t Be Televised But You Can Follow It on Twitter
As the Quebec Spring unfolds and the students continue their protests in the streets, it has become apparent that there is a big disconnect between the generations with regard to how they use the mediums of communication. Government dominates the airwaves. Press conferences are convened; interviews are given; one to manyContinue reading
the disgruntled democrat: Hold on There, History Ain’t Over
Electoral results last week in Europe indicate that the idea the free market capitalism and its close cousin, liberal democracy, have yet to conquer the world, leaving humanity in an omega state in which we just work out the details. Related Posts Trickle Up Economics and the Perversity of CutsContinue reading
the disgruntled democrat: Quebec Students Strike: A Momentary Triumph of Strong Democracy over Weak Democracy
Fundamentally, democracy implies being ruled and participating in the ruling process. Benjamin Barber makes this point eloquently when he compares the instances of “strong” and “weak” democracies. A strong democracy is one in which the citizens participate actively in self-government before, during, and after elections, whereas in a weak democracy,Continue reading
the disgruntled democrat: Will the Quebec Spring Migrate South?
Students in Quebec have been boycotting classes for more than eighty days in protest of the provincial government’s decision to raise university tuition fees 75% over the next five years. Images from the sometime violent demonstrations have been picked up by media sources around the world. In the latest round,Continue reading
the disgruntled democrat: The Big Lie Reigns Over Us
Everybody knows that the dice are loadedEverybody rolls with their fingers crossedEverybody knows that the war is overEverybody knows the good guys lostEverybody knows the fight was fixedThe poor stay poor, the rich get richThat’s how it goesEverybody knowsContinue reading